|Earl the Squirrel's Rule #95|
To reach a sizeable audience you will need people to not just "Like" but "Share" your link. You will need more than 10%--probably more than 20%--of you friends to "Share" with theirs who, in turn, will "Share" it along. Towards this end, you'll want a wide array of Friends with varying interests. No, you do not need them to be poets. Indeed, it might be preferably that they aren't.
|Earl the Squirrel's Rule #72|
As for what others will "Share", your list is as good as mine but, in case it helps, here are the ten most common Shares that I encounter, listed in descending order of popularity:
1. Humor - One can rarely go wrong with dry wit or, better yet, something piss-your-pants-wet funny. Come up with a joke or anecdote--steal one if you must--set it to tight rhymes and pounding rhythm and you may have the next viral video.
2. Animals/Kids - There's nothing cuter than puppies, kittens or kiddies. Add some equally charming words and you might have something people will see, say "Aww...!" and forward. Alternatively, you might speak of a tragedy, past or impending (e.g. an endangered species).
3. Songs - "Anything too stupid to be said is sung." (Voltaire?) Obviously, song lyrics don't set the bar very high. If you don't have any musical talent form a partnership with a musician. There's one on every street corner, no?
4. Recipes - Okay, this one's a tad outlandish but if you can write a recipe in verse it might help people remember the ingredients and prep instructions.
5. Rants/Insults - Who doesn't like a good rant?
6. Deaths (i.e. recent celebrity deaths, elegies) - When was the last time you read a decent elegy about a well-known contemporary figure?
7. Occasions/Events (i.e. Christmas, Easter, Thanksgiving, Superbowl, inaugurations, etc.) - If you can rise above triteness, this should be like shooting fish in a barrel.
8. Online Games - Perhaps not a great subject for verse but a sardonic look at time-wasting Facebook games might find an audience.
9. Stories - A fascinating narrative can be told as easily in verse (albeit with far more subtle rhythms/rhymes than humorous doggerel) as prose.
10. Appeals - Entreating people to adopt a certain attitude or cause without resorting to ranting may be the most challenging task any poet can assume.
Your path to fame may require a number of successes. George Takei's status as a social media maven wasn't built in a day.
¹ - Do not cajole or guilt people into "Sharing" your posts. It's a turnoff.
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