Rationally, I know as a small start up-ex: blogs, freelance mua, designer, photographer-self promo is vital but it also takes a lot of guts to do. I would consider myself outgoing and real. I’ll tell it like I see it because life is too short to beat around the bushes. But as bold as I’m, one would assume that I mimic that attitude when promoting my blog.
Nope, I don’t.
Often times, I’m just telling my very small cirlce of close friends about my blog and my future plans for it. I get excited to announce the new camera I bought, the new books I want to buy, the YouTube channel I’m starting soon, and so on. You get the idea that I don’t let any details slip away. I’ll let them know everything about a book and the blog even though they don’t read for leisure as much as I do. But I still do not let others know.
I have asked myself why do I hold back on self promotion? Why don’t I shout to all my 300+ “friends” on Facebook that I have a book blog and want their ‘follow-ship’ (totally just made that up) ? Why don’t I post more often on my personal Instagram and give myself a shout out? And why don’t I tell some of the new people I’ve met since the blog opened up in June 2016 about my lovely blog??
I dont know.
I don’t have one particular earth shattering, philosophical answer that will make me sound deep. But I know that I’m shy about my work. In nervous about what others think of my type of art. I’m shy about the blog because it won’t be my first blog. It is my first blog with full on focus about books and my longest running blog (I believe). I think
maybe I’m afraid of failing. I didn’t keep up with my previous blog because I lost interest in posting and made excuses. So my subconscious mind believes that if many people who knows me doesn’t know about the blog, then I won’t have to explain when I stop blogging. With that mindset, I’ve already started thinking this blog will fail. I’m creating a fluffly cushion to fall into if this blog doesn’t succeed and that’s the worst mindset I can have for something I want so bad.
I’m taking a step to stop myself from standing in my own way. I recently posted a picture of my blog on my a Snapchat story. I am going to revive my Facebook and reach out to my audience there and see if they want to support the blog. I’m going to open up to outsiders about the blog and how they can find a book for themselves or others on it. No more hiding from the crowd and limiting my chances.
I’m also writing this post because now I must do what I say. Its on the internet and it stays forever!
Seriously, I’m happy that I can question myself and make plans. So here is a shout out:
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