Wednesday, March 17, 2010

Spread thy seed. Often.

The secret to success is often measured many seeds one plants.

Fame, fortune, respect, they don't just appear. You have to earn them. Want the shortcut version?

-If it's for you, create a blog. It's not for everyone and if you suck or it makes you hate life, don't do it.

-If you have said blog, you have to caress it, love it, nurture it. Don't just adopt it then leave it in its pen all day.

-Having said that, post topics that are relevant to what you're trying to accomplish. If you're an aspiring writer but you post about your daughter all the time...wait...(she says checking backlog)

-Find more of your kind. You know, the others who ramble on about the same thing you do, but in a different way. They are your kin. Treat them well and learn from them.

-Plant a seed or two or eighty. Comment often on the blogs you find. Let others become familiar with your profile picture and the way you comment. They just might give in to their curiosity to peek at your page. And for that, you give them candy.

-Be consistent. Like Tiger Woods-with-his-women consistent. Don't let your new following down. If they come to seek your wisdom then by golly-give it to them!

-Outside of the blog realm, find your buttons. Eww not those. The Facebook, Twitter, Myspace, etc. buttons. Join, link up with your new homies. Keep spreading.

-Be super nice. No one likes an a-hole.

-Practice. Not everyone can be a Carrie, Natalie, Elana or Kiersten over night. It takes time. Lots and lots of time. And comedy. They all have that.

-Join online critique groups. I've said it before, I'll say it again, and again. YALitChat, TeenFire and every place like them helps whip one's butt into fighting shape. You make friends, allies, and a beautiful ms in the process. What's not to love about that?

Now get out there, my little flowers. Those seeds won't spread themselves.


Elana Johnson said...

I love this post! LOVE it! Thank you so much for adding my name to that list. I'm honored.

Linda G. said...

Words of wisdom. :)

Now, about that candy... *grins*

Kasie West said...

I knew I was getting something wrong. I've been under the impression that everyone likes a jerk. Guess I should work on that. :) Great post. Great advice.