As an indie-writer/blogger, I have seen and done a lot of self-promoting. I started many of my social media sites just for the sole purpose of selling myself to thousands and thousands of people who didn’t really give two-shits about anything I had to say (pardon the language). As time has gone on, I have realized a few things.
- Those people I originally wanted to sell myself to, really don’t care
- Those people I originally wanted to sell my books to, don’t care and don’t have the money
- Those people I originally wanted to create a following with, only want to create a following of their own
By the time I had realized all of this, I had basically become one of those people. A person who spams links day-in and day-out, begs for follows and likes, and are only out for one thing: tangible benefits. AKA MONEY.
But I learned good things, too.
- There are people who care
- There are people who take the time to read your books and posts, and even interact with you
- Those people are the ones who matter
With the rise in self-publishing and indie authors, it has become hard to find anyone worth following or talking to on social media. They are there, but you have to wade through all of the self-promo links and spammy DMs to get to them. Overtime, I have made friends, gained mentors, and even joined whole groups for people who just want to discuss what I love the most: writing.
We share. We don’t sell.
I’m buying books from friends, not spammy links. I want to support my friends and help them in anyway I can because I know they would do the same for me.
Sure, they make up about 10% of those who actually follow and read my posts, but that 10% means more to me than the 90% of ghost followers, which leads me to the title of my post.
10 saints versus 100 demons.
I would rather have 10 saints behind me who have nothing but support, advice, and kindness to give, than 100 demons who just want to hang around and watch me fail. It’s not about numbers, it’s about building relationships with people you would have otherwise never met if it weren’t for the amazing avenues of social media we have today.
So, thank you followers, friends, and mentors. If you’re reading this, I appreciate you more than anything in the world. Now, I ask those who are reading that I have never spoken to, mind leaving a comment? I’d love nothing more than to have a conversation and enjoy your company.
Thanks for reading!
Now for irrelevant, but fun friend pictures.