Sean Platt Transforms the Face of Traditional Blogging Through Weekly Podcasts and Writer Hangouts

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Sean Platt, King of the Serial, coauthor of Yesterday’s Gone, and the “Digital Writer,” believes that the old way of blogging for profit is dying, if not dead already.

Sean Platt, author of serialized fiction

Platt has transformed his readers into viewers, creating the same level of quality with his content, but broadcasting on a far more engaging level.

Sean Platt, King of the Serial, coauthor of Yesterday’s Gone, and the “Digital Writer,” announces that the old way of blogging for profit is dying, if not dead already, and has transitioned his latest online endeavor, still just six months old, to a newer model he sees as the “future of blogging.”

Sean Platt has recently published a blog post closing the large list he spent a half-year building. “There are too millions of blogs online,” Platt said. “And too many more to count started every day. Couple that with the decreasing attention span of the average reader, the rise of social media replacing RSS feeds, and the visual explosion offered by micro-blogging services such as Tumblr and Pinterest, an “old fashioned” WordPress blog is downright quaint.

In a surprising business move, Sean Platt did what most entrepreneurs would never dream of: He deleted his email list. And has since vowed that his blogs will not fall victim to fickle readers who don’t care enough about their community to help it grow.

The Digital Writer was launched with a unique business model, earlier this April, offering subscribers a free eBook each week, in addition to a member’s area with free printable worksheets, plus easy questions and answers. But after six months of slower than anticipated growth, against higher than expected costs, Platt pulled the plug, and turned the Digital Writer into a private blog.

Platt added: “The subscription model makes sense. I don’t care about the size of my list, I care about its quality. I’d rather work with a much smaller, but more engaged group of writers. I want to help writers the same way I was helped, and I don’t mind giving my time for free, but I do expect writers who are willing to work hard and give to their community. Those are the writers who are most likely to develop a lucrative writing or publishing career.

The quality of actionable advice, intelligent leadership, and well articulated insight readers of the Digital Writer have became accustomed to hasn’t changed in the least, only Platt’s demand for action. He deleted one list and started another, hoping he would gather a smaller group of more dedicated writers.

“I’m thrilled by the results!” Platt said. “It’s a smaller group, but the enthusiasm has been off the charts.”

The Digital Writer has an extensive catalogue of writing books like Writing Online that have lead many readers to increase their writing quality and ability, to improve their freelance clientele, work habits, and social media marketing skills. Through his signature production model, the Digital Writer collaborated with Danny Iny to produce a title that many have used to create content for their own blogs.

As a host of the Self-Publishing Podcast, Sean, David Wright, and Johnny B. Truant lead former blog readers to a more entertaining form of the art: podcasting. Podcasts are the new black for bloggers able to clearly articulate their thoughts, and it’s a forum which allow writers to step out from behind the keyboard and into the spotlight.

For writers interested in self-publishing, this podcast is a means of edutainment. Through their antics, the Digital Writer and his co-hosts explicitly carry viewers through the self-publishing process to help writers reach their goals weekly.

Platt has transformed his readers into viewers, creating the same level of quality with his content, but broadcasting on a far more engaging level. Plus, as Platt says, he likes it when “my fingers give my voice a break.”

Optimizing on the success of the Self-Publishing Podcast, the hosts have given birth to a new irreverent sibling. The Better Off Undead horror podcast is another outlet where zombies come to life weekly.

Sean Platt’s model seems to be working. His second podcast, with Johnny B. Truant and David Wright, was downloaded over 1,000 times by the second episode.

Platt has experimented with many models since leaving the ghostwriting world to write fiction full-time, and has built over two-dozen blogs. As the co-author of the serialized fiction Amazon smash Yesterday’s Gone, just finishing up its third and most critically acclaimed, Platt wanted to spend most of his time writing fiction, without abandoning the writers who are looking for help in the quickly shifting industry. A subscription only blog was the smart way to do that.

Platt's in-demand hangouts and podcasts are held weekly. Writers interested in quality writing advice can listen or call in this Thursday (Sept 13, 2012) at 641-715-3900 ext.406770 to the Self-Publishing Podcast.

Sean Platt is keeping his private blog open for the first 1,000 writers. The signup form can be found on the Digital Writer homepage.

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