Friday, July 3, 2015

(How Not To) Put Yourself Out There

Making a name for yourself is a tall order, especially when you want that name to be legitimate.

"The process becomes all the more exacerbated when certain people don't take the time to consider what they have to offer people..."

When you look around these days, it would seem that a number of people have that goal in mind, and far too many of them have no shame in the "why" and "how" that name gets out there. It all quickly becomes relative, with the lines between becoming famous and infamous becoming horribly blurred (sometimes not even knowing the difference between the two). The process becomes all the more exacerbated when certain people don't take the time to consider what they have to offer people, only interested in how to get the general public to look in their general direction.

And at times, none of us are immune to it-- myself included.   

I like to stay connected with my audience, keeping in mind that everyone is a potential reader. Not having published any of my work yet, I have found myself (on more than a few occasions) just posting stuff to post stuff: That funny story, this interesting article, that piece of nerd trivia-- by the way have I posted any pictures of my adorable son in the past five minutes? Yeah, branching out into shameless territory.
 
 
I've used the term before, and while it's not the most flattering way to refer to oneself (much less anyone else), going that route puts me in danger of being an attention whore. We see it all over social networking, and it's not hard to spot-- that is, unless, you keep telling yourself "I'm just staying connected with everyone," while everyone just keeps scrolling past your posts, probably because you're blowing up their news feed with a barrage of stuff, and it's just easier to ignore.
 
"Suffice it to say there's a right and a wrong way to be noticed..."

Sometimes we have to learn certain lessons over and over again, and it also helps when one of your old buddies recounts a conversation he had with his wife who had concerns about your own social networking habits upon mentioning the term attention whore. Definitely an eye opener, and a humbling one at that; and yet thankfully I don't possess enough of an ego to not take at face value and consider carefully (thank you Lord).

Suffice it to say there's a right and a wrong way to be noticed-- promising to provide something of value when you notice the things I leave out there for you to find. And it hope it makes you do any one of the following things: Smile, laugh, reflect or think. In any case I hope you enjoy.

-KDG


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