Sean Platt Experiments With Hybrid Blogging By Launching "Writer Hangouts"

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Sean Platt is aiming to transform the art of blogging from the mostly-written word, to a subscription based hybrid model of writing and “hanging out."

Monsters, one of Platt's many serialized fiction titles

Because all of the work I do at the Digital Writer is pro-bono, I need to make sure it fits neatly into my schedule.

Sean Platt, author of the writer’s handbook, Writing Online, Marketing Basics for the Digital Writer, and 101 Writing Tips That Separate You From The Pack - just three of the 22 titles that help the most powerful tribe of writers in history, is aiming to transform the art of blogging from the mostly-written word, to a subscription based hybrid model of writing and “hanging out.”

By using the Google+ “Hangouts” feature, users can literally hangout online; holding meetings, teaching courses, bonding with readers and fans, or any one of countless other uses. On air Hangouts are recordable, allowing participants to view them via Youtube while recording and then again after the Hangouts are finished, thus breathing fresh bloging life into an otherwise old idea.

Content is king online, and words once made all the difference to the blogosphere, but written content is quickly surrendering to the visual dominance of some micro-blogging platforms such as Pinterest and Tumblr.

Today’s shorter attention spans and a Silicon Valley speed of life for many writers and entrepreneurs, Sean Platt knew he would need to evolve ahead of the ever-changing Web, or be lost himself and unable to help many of the writers coming behind him.

The Digital Writer, a loved blog for thousands of loyal readers, still highlights Platt’s impressive catalogue of [writing books, but it will now also house the videos for the Hangouts conducted by Platt.

Rather than spending hours creating content that may or may not be hot topics at the time, the Hangouts on Google+ allow him to interact with writers and answer their questions in real time. Videos will get broken down into smaller, bite-sized chunks of content viewers can consume at their own pace.

Not wanting to leave the traditional blog format altogether, Sean continues to blog at Sean Platt through an elite subscription-only format. Readers who subscribe are privy to content that isn’t otherwise available.

Platt’s email list gets nuggets of helpful information each week geared toward helping struggling writers with becoming successful self-publishers.

In addition to now running the subscription-only blog, Sean Platt also runs the Self-Publishing Podcast with David Wright and Johnny B. Truant, the groundbreaking podcast which has hosted industry leading names such as Joanna Penn, and has been downloaded thousands of times.

The massive success of the Self-Publishing Podcast, and Platt’s newest podcast, Better Off Undead Podcast – a horror show that breaks down the good and bad of the genre – the podcast strategy has proven to be a success for teaching, entertaining, and bonding with viewers.

“I love the format,” said Platt. “Because all of the work I do at the Digital Writer is pro-bono, I need to make sure it fits neatly into my schedule. The old way of blogging, and running in circles around the track, just doesn’t fit. If I’m not writing fiction, I’m not being smart, and while that’s fine, I’d like to at least give my fingers a break during that time. That’s what the Hangout model of blogging allows me to do."

Off the projects surrounding this Digital Writer, Sean Platt is best known for his powerhouse apocalyptic serialized fiction thriller, Yesterday’s Gone. The success of his serialization model has given Platt the foundation he needs with fiction to fund his work helping writers.

Platt is unsure how long he will keep his subscription only blog open, but since he wants to be able to give his subscriber’s attention without charging a dime, he imagines it won’t be for much longer. He encourages smart writers to get smarter, and sign up before it’s too late: http://thedigitalwriter.net/.

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