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Persona Paper Tips

Top 10 15 Top Persona Paper Tips

1. Be authentic.

Somebody (probably a politician) once said: "If you can fake sincerity, you've got it made!" But you can't fake it - so just be yourself!

2. Be Social.

This is a social blogging platform. Follow interesting PP'ers and interact with them. SandraLynn has been recommending 8 PP'ers to follow each week for the last 4 weeks- check out her advice and start following.

3. Follow the rules.

They're not difficult- post your own original content, give proper attribution to images, don't spam and don't be offensive. Check out Privacy Policy, Terms of Use and Acceptable Use Policy at the foot of the page for more details.

4. Build Persona Paper into your daily routine.

Little and often keeps you motivated.

5. Keep it light.

My least viewed articles were about 'War' and 'Renewable Energy'. My most viewed articles are about 'Persona Paper' (stands to reason!) and an article titled 'These Made Me Laugh Today'

6. Share great content on social media.

Refer tip 1. IMHO you should only share if you really think the article/poll/image is really great/interesting. If you do share somebody's work via FB/Twitter/Google+/Pinterest etc. - let them know- leave a message on their profile. Who doesn't like to know that their work is appreciated and has been shared?

7. Copy great formats.

For example- AliCanary posted an article - My Life According to Kate Bush I enjoyed it, so I copied the format to post an article about David Bowie

Another example - &AbbyG posted this article about her 3 Favorite Colors and I copied her format.

It's only polite for your article to link to the original poster and their article.

8. Use great images.

The thumbnail of the image shown for each article on PP's homepage is small- so you need an image that will work well in this format.

9. Use great titles.

The title displayed on the front page does not have many characters- so you need a short, snappy but eye-catching title.

10. Recommend others.

Again, tip 1 applies- only post an article to recommend another PP'er if you think they're outstanding.

11. Check spelling.

Read your posts out loud before posting and you can edit afterwards. I'm not good at proof-reading my own work. See if you can spot my deliberate mistakes in this article.

12. Just do it!

Perfection is not required- it just needs to be good enough (see MegL comment here )

13. Tag writers, link to PP articles

Link to Persona Paper writers, articles and comments in your articles. The link-ees are sure to appreciate it

14. Use tags in general

As tags get used more and more, your work is more likely to be viewed if it's well tagged. Just use '#' followed by the word you wish to tag.

15. Accept the challenge.

Accepting the challenge will immediately introduce you to a number of keen PP'ers and give you some achievable targets. Check out the challenge here.

Please note, I've only been here 2 weeks- so I'm a novice. Do you agree with my tips? Do you have any tips to add?

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Comments

bestwriter wrote on August 22, 2014, 7:29 AM

As one gets into the persona culture they will I am sure do what you have suggested. Good tips.

MegL wrote on August 22, 2014, 7:39 AM

Those are great tips and not only for PP! Thanks for including mine LOL.

poddys wrote on August 22, 2014, 8:59 AM

Good tips definitely. Humour always works for me, great to read but also great to write. Off to check out FOPP...

suffolkjason wrote on August 22, 2014, 9:03 AM

Thanks!

suffolkjason wrote on August 22, 2014, 9:04 AM

You're very welcome. There are many inspiring sources here.

suffolkjason wrote on August 22, 2014, 9:07 AM

Agree about humour- for example I enjoyed your 'Fawlty Towers' articles. Hope you like it would be great to have you on board.

suffolkjason wrote on August 22, 2014, 10:06 AM

You're welcome. I hope you didn't mind me copying your format- imitation is the sincerest form of flattery! :)

JanetJenson wrote on August 22, 2014, 12:23 PM

Very good tips all around. I used to recommend that my composition students read their essays aloud before turning them in for a grade.

suffolkjason wrote on August 22, 2014, 12:36 PM

Thanks Janet! I'm afraid that I don't always follow my own advice. :)

OldRoadsOnceTraveled wrote on August 22, 2014, 2:39 PM

I like your tip about little and often. Don't wait around to write your masterpiece. Save it for the ebook.

suffolkjason wrote on August 22, 2014, 3:53 PM

I agree, just say what's on your mind and get it posted.

LynnWrites wrote on August 22, 2014, 4:58 PM

You've shared some great tips. Being new it really helps!

BarbRad wrote on August 22, 2014, 8:56 PM

I think you've covered it pretty well. If you made deliberate errors, I didn't notice them, but I was speed reading and didn't go back to look. They weren't the kind of errors that stood up and shouted at me.

OldRoadsOnceTraveled wrote on August 23, 2014, 12:01 AM

The short and sweet deal can be a two-edged sword, though. When that becomes the norm on a social blogging site, the attention span of that site's readers tends to become accustomed to it and they don't usually want to read something long or intense. For example, I just posted an extensive review of SwagBucks on my blog about making money online. Had I published it on a social blogging site, it probably would have gotten very few internal views and then been buried. It might have done well in outside traffic from search engines, but not from members expecting a few paragraphs.

Even when writing about the same topic, one should write to the audience of a particular site. Short and sweet here. Longer and more in depth elsewhere.

It's best to match your treatment of a piece to the audience. Not too long and not too deep here and at similar sites. Something longer, more intense, more technical, or more informative can go on more suitable sites.

AliCanary wrote on August 24, 2014, 4:32 AM

Oh, the link-ees TOTALLY love it--I know I do! Thanks for the shout-out and for a very useful list. Regarding "keep it light" - I wouldn't necessarily avoid heavy subjects COMPLETELY, if you want to write about them. Informative articles can bring in traffic through SEO power, and that can help us AND Persona Paper be stronger.

suffolkjason wrote on August 24, 2014, 6:59 AM

That's an excellent point. Light articles might tend to get more views in the short-term but an excellent in-depth article might get more views in the end- and, as you say, make PP stronger.