Chip MacGregor, a literary agent, stopped by my blog a few posts back after I commented on his post about relationships and promoting yourself. He impressed me not only in his follow through in commenting on my post but in what he had to say about the why and ways we social network.
One day, many of us (hopefully) will get more than articles published. We'll land a deal and get our long-awaited book published. Of course we hope the people who know us will buy it.
But that's not the main reason I blog--to get you to buy something I wrote or promote myself. I hope to develop good healthy active relationships with as many writers and readers I can to grow not only as a writer but as a person. Yes, maybe you might get to like something I've said and pick up something I write some day.
I hope I'll do the same for you.But if I do it will be because I've built a relationship with you, like who you are and know what you stand for. That takes work--not just a one or two promo line on Twitter or Facebook. It takes some back and forth interaction.
That's why I don't have this huge friend list on Facebook. I stay pretty selective and add on only people I know who are looking for genuine communication about what we do and who I am. I don't add every person from every organization I'm involved with. I don't watch the numbers climb--I look at the faces of the people and try my best to get to their blog and discover who they are. That's what I do and should I ever stop trying to do that--I think I will have lost in this writing process.
I'm interested in knowing how you feel about all this self-promotion stuff. It's a reality in our business but how far will you take it and how do you keep it real?