We are all telling a story about ourselves online. The question is, how in control are you over your story? We get caught up in branding, ignoring the fact that a brand is truly just a story attached to a particular product or company. In this case, as the writer, you are the brand. What story are you telling?
I’ve written a few times on the blog before about connecting with your audience as a writer. But I feel like there are levels to this ish to quote the eloquent Meek Mill. Nonetheless, after a conversation with the mister, I realize there is an important step that we often miss in trying to grow our readership and that is realizing that it will take some investment on our part.
The moment that I ventured into wanting to help other writers through my content, it was easy to see some recurring themes in what makes people shy away from writing. Many budding writers share a lot of the same apprehensions that hinder them from getting their words from the pages of their notebooks to the world.
I used to be a completely different person than I am now when it came to pursuing my dreams and goals. I always felt like I had to be a part of something bigger to learn the ropes first and then after I learned enough could venture out into the things that I wanted to do. It was stifling and it kept me from starting. I hear writers all the time talk about wanting to either start a blog or write a book and they are so stuck in their heads that they can’t even begin with the first step, which is to write.
Let me tell you about one of the very first times that I made money from my writing. I literally felt like I had stolen from the person or gotten over on them because they paid me $50 for a bio and it was a ridiculous feeling to have. Ha! They reached out to me, I told them the price, I did the work and that was that. Oh BTW this was when I first started so don’t try looking at my “Work With Me” page trying to compare. In either case, the root of that feeling was based on the fact that it was easy for me. I didn’t even have to write a second draft and they were super pleased.