If You Create It, Will They Come?
I’ve had two emails in the past two days that I wouldn’t have had had I not started The Cream and Writing Every Day. I’ve also had more tweets, links, comments, and fist bumps in the past few weeks than in the past year combined. Well, let me rephrase: more of the tweets, links, comments and fist bumps from people I respect and care about.
They weren’t just emails, they were votes of confidence, excitement, and enthusiasm. They were from people I didn’t really expect to write me. In fact, one was from someone who has never written me, not sure she had my email address, but in fact, she didn’t need my email address, she liked what I had written and found me on Twitter. Let me repeat that:
She liked what I had written and found me on Twitter
Let me back up and make this clear.
- If I hadn’t been writing, she wouldn’t have liked what I had written.
- If I hadn’t hit Publish, she (and everyone else) wouldn’t have seen it.
- If I hadn’t be dabbling in Twitter (yes, I’m late to the party … but I didn’t want to go), she might not have seen the retweet from my Number 1 Fan.
- If I hadn’t poured my heart into my writing, it still might not have happened.
- What’s next? We’re going to meet in early 2013 and talk strategy for the future.
If you write it, will they come? Maybe. If you write it and love it and promote it and put your heart into it, you’ll have better odds. But it’s all interrelated: I wouldn’t be promoting something I didn’t really care about. My “fans” wouldn’t help promote ideas that their fans wouldn’t like or approve of or get some benefit from.
The Excitement is Infectious
- If you’re passionate about what you’re doing, it will shine through.
- If you’re not passionate about what you’re doing, it will shine through.
If you’re not passionate about what you’re doing, why are you doing it ?