How to Curate and Share Content While You Sleep – with Paper.li
Or, in my case, how to curate and share content when you’re too busy to write blog posts!
Wouldn’t you like a way to keep providing your followers with high quality content, even when you’re not able to update your blog?
Well – there is a way, folks. You can have your very own self-publishing, self-circulating online NEWSPAPER.And you know what’s really cool? It’s VERY easy, VERY quick and completely FREE!
My good friend Lisa Buben of Inspire to Thrive put me onto Paper.li a few months back – I was immediately attracted to it because it was so simple. As my friends will tell you, I’m not much good with the technical stuff, so when I say something’s simple, it means it’s EASY-PEASY!
Here’s a video explaining how it’s done (this does mention some features of the premium, paid version of Paper.li, but also gives you a good run-down of the free version).
The process for setting up your own Paper.li newspaper is demonstrated in the video above, but if you don’t have time to watch that, the basic steps you need to take are just these:
- Head over to Paper.li and sign up for a free account.
- Click on the link to create a paper.
- Choose a title and description/subtitle for your paper.
- Create your Editor’s note - this is a box that will appear prominently on every edition of your paper. Use this to provide a bit of a promotional bio, including links to your sites or pages if you wish.
- Set the desired frequency of updates to your paper (I have mine set to daily, but you can also choose to publish twice daily or weekly) and preferred time of day for publication.
- Save changes then click on the content tab and select the sources for your paper. You can draw content from pretty much anywhere on the web – your favourite blogs, RSS feeds, social media, YouTube etc. You’re allowed up to 25 source feeds for each paper.
- Click on the blacklists tab if there are specific sites you want to block from featuring in your paper.
- Click on the appearance tab if you wish to customise the look of your paper (colour, fonts etc.)
- Click on the promotions tab and tick the box requesting a promotional tweet to be sent out for each edition of your paper.
And that’s about it – obviously remember to ‘save’ each time you change any of your settings – then you’re done. Paper.li will produce a professional looking paper, by pulling in relevant content from the sources you’ve selected, and send it out on your behalf automatically via Twitter, as requested.
As mentioned in the video above, there is a ‘pro’ version, which includes more features, such as email newsletters, but I’ve found the free version perfectly adequate for my needs.
Why I’ve Been Grateful for Paper.li
As my regular readers will be aware – and as some friends and fellow bloggers have tactfully pointed out – I haven’t published a post on this blog for several weeks.
Well, I own two gorgeous but troublesome dogs, both with behavioural problems I suspect a lot of people wouldn’t tolerate. But I never gave up on them when the cute puppy phase passed and the going got tough – and the same goes for my blog.
However, a few weeks ago I decided to take a deliberate break from adding more content, because I needed time to make arrangements to start building my list, something I’ve had on the back burner for far too long.
As I’ve mentioned in another post on improving your writing by eliminating distractions, I’m not too good at multitasking. Particularly when it comes to something challenging and complex, I need to give a task my full attention. And it may not seem much to all those blogging veterans out there, but setting up my list was a BIG hurdle for me to overcome – I’d kept putting it off and putting it off. I just had too much else to do, too many comments to respond to, too much blog-hopping to do, too many windows to paint, too many dogs to walk…… I’d plenty of excuses lined up, believe me.
So in the end, I decided – right, that’s it – no more posts until that list’s up and running, girl!
However, I was keen not to desert the blogosphere completely, so I’ve continued to visit and comment on a few blogs, share other people’s content, and keep in contact with blogging friends via social media.
And during this time, my Paper.li newspaper, Writing Tips for Bloggers, has been a bit of a lifesaver, because:
- The paper is automatically posted to my Twitter followers every day, so there’s some positive activity on my account, even when I don’t have time to log in.
- Tweets of the paper include links to the authors of top stories, and these people often thank me, “favourite” and “retweet” the paper, leading to a wider circulation and more followers.
- It’s been a very quick and efficient way for me to keep track of news stories myself, which I will then often circulate individually via social media or Scoop.it.
- It’s easy for people to share the paper or subscribe to it, using the buttons that feature prominently at the top of the page. And they can click through to my site via the link in the editor’s note.
OK – now it’s your turn – question time, folks……..
- Have you tried Paper.li or are you using anything similar? If not, why don’t you give it a go – you have nothing to lose. It won’t even cost you much time, and I know what a precious commodity that is.
- What other strategies do you use to maintain your online presence when you’re off the grid?
Let me know what you think in the comments below – I always love to hear from you. And don’t forget to share this post, if you’ve enjoyed it.
All good wishes,
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