I Won’t Apologize for Constantly Sharing My Articles
September has been a busier-than-average writing month for me — I’m not too sure why. It could be because I’ve been so heavily focused on marathon training that I’m in need of a creative outlet or the fact that I’ve just been more active on Medium lately. Whatever the case, it’s caused somewhat of a reboot in my creative flow.
Prior to September, I had only published two or three articles each month for the past few months. This month, I’ve published eight thus far (nine if I were to include this one). However, not all of them have necessarily been “home runs”, which I’m okay with.
A majority of them were not selected to be curated within any topics — Honestly, only three out of the eight articles I published this month were which has resulted in a smaller opportunity for the non-curated articles to gain much exposure. Plus, if you don’t have a massive following and your article doesn’t get curated on top of that, it’s likely that your article will be lost and forgotten in the Medium world, with a very slim chance for it to ever be discovered by a reader.
And that’s where the author has to do more of the leg work when it comes to shameless self-promotion.
For full-disclosure, I am not an extremely successful Writer in the vast spectrum of the writing world — And frankly, I’m not all too ashamed to admit that. I have a full-time job (completely unrelated to writing) to support me financially. I write mostly as a hobby and for the pure fact that writing brings me insurmountable joy. Though, call me a fair-weather Writer or whichever name you’d like to use, but I can admit that I write very much based on my emotions.
I have phases when I’m constantly pouring my heart out and phases when I hardly have anything to say. Either way, it all comes out eventually. So, when I’m in the phase where I’m constantly spewing out word vomit (like right now), I have to also do my due diligence in sharing that word vomit in the off chance that someone potentially benefits from it.
Since I’ve been publishing articles so frequently, I’ve in turn been incessantly tweeting them and sharing them on Facebook in an attempt to gain some additional exposure. Looking at my Twitter profile, I’ve been noticing that almost every other tweet I’ve sent in the past few weeks has been something along the lines of, “Hey guys! Check out my latest article…blah blah blah” and as annoying as it may be to the people who follow me, I’m not going to stop sharing my work anytime soon.
And I won’t apologize for constantly sharing my articles either.
Because somebody has to — even if it’s just me. If there’s even the slightest chance that someone out there will gain something positive from reading any one of my articles, then I’ll call that a win. It’s hard enough knowing that sometimes our own friends or family will ignore our work, but there’s still the glimmer of hope that someone else will really take something away from what you have to say.
So, no I will not apologize for continuing to share my articles on social media and you shouldn’t either. Be proud of the work that you do and don’t ever let anyone make you feel ashamed or embarrassed for sharing your writing with the world.