To anyone that appreciates Writer Beat and wishes to see the site grow, this is how you can help me (I also think it's fun prospecting for participants, especially when you land an active one):
Step 1 – Create a Disqus profile. Disqus is a comment system that a lot of websites use. I’ve discovered a great way to snatch Disqus users and convert them to Writer Beat participants. The problem is that Disqus has figured me out and banned me.
Step 2 – Find Disqus commenters you like or think would be good fit for Writer Beat and write them this message (or a message like this one) as a reply comment:
Would it be OK if I converted this comment into a stand-alone article for Writer Beat? There is no fee; I’m simply trying to add more content diversity for Writer Beat's community of authors/readers and liked what you wrote. I’ll be sure to give you complete credit as the author. You can learn more about Writer Beat by clicking on my profile or just reply "sure" and I'll handle the rest.
Step 3 – Send me the link to the comment thread. I’ll create a Writer Beat account in the author’s name and figure out a way to have the comment work as a stand-alone article (so look for long-winded commenters). Then we wait for Writer Beat commenters to provide some feedback. Afterwards, I advise sending them a link to their article. To avoid Disqus spam guard, I usually say something like this:
I think Disqus blocked my effort to send you a link to your article. To find it, do a Google search on the following: The Beat Goes On XXII Autumn Cote