Diary, August 18th: On being annoying

How do you promote yourself without being annoying?

I’m a slightly annoying person. I understand that. This blog? It isn’t that great. It’s sloppy and not well designed. But I love writing. Writing helps my brain and my sense of being.

It’s hard to carve out time to write, between the demands of work and my family. I do it at night, in front of the TV, after the kids go to bed and I have an hour or two on the couch. It’s not the way real writers do it, but I don’t think of myself as a “real” writer. I’m simply putting down words about my day-to-day life and hope others might enjoy it.

But I’m not entirely selfless. I would like a book deal. Nothing crazy — I’d just like to write a collection of essays. I have it in me and I need to honor that.

The way to get a book deal isn’t about how good of a writer you are or your ideas (although that helps). It’s about what kind of “reach” you have.

Therefore, I need to get reach. I need to market this blog and be annoying on social media and ask people to like and share what I’ve written and get other people to subscribe to my newsletter.

This is painful for me. I hate it. I don’t want to annoy anyone, and it can get annoying.

I’m not sure why I’m putting this out there other than to acknowledge THAT I KNOW and to thank you for your help.

Oh, and to see if you would like to subscribe to my newsletter, which you can do here.

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