I have a day job, like most writers. It’s not my “forever” job, just something that helps pay the bills since freelance writing isn’t nearly as lucrative as I hoped.
It’s a start-up. I’ve been there a few months, and already, my hours have been cut (everyone’s have). I thought I asked all the right questions during the interview: “How long have you been in business? How’s the financial side looking? Do you have outside investors? Things like that. I guess I either didn’t ask the right questions, or, well, I don’t want to think about that.
Since the company’s future doesn’t look so rosy, I thought about yapping about it on Facebook or starting a Twitter hashtag #savemyjob.
But, and this is sort of the point of this post, not only do I not have a Twitter account, I’m not really good at the art of self-promotion.
Like, promoting this blog. I realize that right this minute, I’m shouting in to the void. I haven’t promoted this blog anywhere. Not Facebook, not my non-existent Twitter account, not anywhere. It’s something I’m not comfortable doing.
Of course, if I were to Google “how to promote my blog,” I’m sure I’d come up with a billion or two links giving me valuable insight like, “Advertise it on your Twitter,” and “Post frequently on other blogs like yours, making sure to include a link to your blog.”
I may have Googled it once or twice.
I don’t like doing things like that, for various reasons. But, if I’m going to be a writer, apparently it’s a skill I have to learn. In the meantime, I guess I’ll keep shouting into the void. Maybe someone will yell back.