In last week’s entry of the KMF Challenge I wrote about doors swinging open and indicated that I’d have a lot to report during today’s post. That I do!
I received a plethora of helpful suggestions, insights, and advice in response to my Writing to Inspire…and Earn a Living blog entry. As a result, I’m riding a wave of possibilities.
I went right to work (pun intended) researching employment options, strengthening my resume content and format, and evaluating what it is I’m seeking to achieve with my writing.
One of the helpful pieces of advice I received this week reminded me that even though I may write something, it doesn’t guarantee that it will be read. I could write a piece full of lyrical beauty, stunning imagery, and insightful suggestions, but does it still hold true if no one knows it’s there?
Picture, if you will, an art gallery. Work made with care, passion, and inspiration hangs on the wall to display the artist and their creation. She stands in the gallery waiting for the public to realize they want/need to see the inspiring artwork, but the artist greets only those who knew she was there. For reasons abound with self-preservation and fear of rejection, she neglected to notify the public of her presence. She expected that simply because she made it, they would come.
So, while I take great care with the words I choose and the stories I create, I need to apply the same dedication to marketing my work. Or else, I’ll be left waiting for an audience that won’t know to come.
GOALS FOR MOVING FORWARD (Week 4):
- Research marketing/advertising options for promoting my written work
- Seriously consider my time spent on social media and it’s return on my investment
- Replenish my wallet with business cards and proudly hand them out to friends and strangers, alike.
How did you do this week? Did you encounter hurdles, get stuck in your journey, or find a creative outlet to help you keep moving forward?
*REMINDER: Use #keepmovingforwardchallenge on social media to connect with others who have joined in this journey.*
2 thoughts on “Keep Moving Forward Challenge: Week Four”
I love the way you compared the artist and the writer and you are so right. In order to have our blog posts read we must read and comment on the work of others. We must hand out business cards and leave them on the tables at our doctors office or wherever we go. We have to consider monetizing our blogs and so much more…
Marketing is like a bear, a big grizzly bear!
It’s easy to get caught up in creating the work, that you expect it to magically work for you! You’re right, that reading and commenting on others’ work of art matters. I’m more and more cognoscente of that than I once was.