A Note from the Author
Networking (Friends, Fans, and Professionals)
One thing I don't like to discuss in this blog is the way it functions. See, I write something, and maybe, some people look at it for a few seconds. I like the system. I write, you read.
What's problematic is sometimes I write and fewer people read than usual . That's okay, and let me explain why: Just because I write doesn't mean I expect to be read.
It's a privilege to have your eyes on my blog right now. I thank you ever so kindly for that, because I would never, ever expect anyone to owe me a looksee.
There are bloggers and writers galore who spend all their time talking about networking, and I guess I am right now. The thing is, most of them explain the ins and outs of social networking and website producing.
They call see their viewers as clientele or a "network". I don't aim to have a network.
You're a fan, you're a friend, you're a nice person. Do I hope you buy some of my material? Sure, that would help me pay my college loans off and allow me to eat a full meal. Do I expect it? No. It's okay if you don't.
No one owns their viewers. Sure you might have a network, but it's not a network. Everyone geeks out when they bump into someone in their industry, simply because that person may be able to do them a favor. Friends do favors, and that is fine. But making friends to gain favors . . . ? Ugh.
And as for readers: Hell, one day I may see zero hits. Who knows? Right now it's good. And right now I'm thankful.
A lot of people misuse their "platforms". For those who have no need for one, or don't fully understand the use of the term here, it's something you use as a stage for your talent, or whatever it is you're trying to gain attention to.
For nonfiction writers, a platform helps them gain popularity and gain more credibility with publishers and other writing professionals. This is also fine.
But the minute someone forgets the purpose behind their website or other stage, they lose it all. See, I may be a little inconsistent with blogging or adding new things to the site, but that is all due to the fact I am writing.
Yes, a writer, for instance, produces stories. This is how a writer gets by in life.
If I don't produce content, I become irrelevant.
To consider your platform more essential than your talent is foolish. Want readers? Write something worth reading.
That's my rant for today. Tune in Tuesday for the latest installment of The Common Jerk. I'm thinking either the "condescending consumer" or the "reader hater."
Fear, focus, and the future. C.M. Humphries talks about writing, horror, and whatever.