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What do you think about self-promotion?Anon
If I’m perfectly honest, I hate putting myself out there. In any real capacity. I can’t write cover letters, my resume is scant on details, and in interviews I generally play down any and all achievements. This isn’t out of a sense of false modesty or a desire to hide. It is more that I feel that what I do in my day to day job is nothing more than what should be expected and I don’t feel that I need a pat on the head for that effort. Likewise I can’t declare myself the best candidate for something when I don’t know who else has applied and in most cases any one of the candidates would actually perform as well as any other so should I really talk myself up all that much?
After starting a blog, and deciding that eventually I’d like this to be more than just a hobby, I kind of needed to revise this. You can’t just create content and hope that maybe someone will stumble upon it (even if you still happen to use Stumble Upon – which is apparently now called Mix for some reason). And so self-promotion becomes a necessary step in a way.
Admittedly, my blog experienced plenty of natural growth just by being active in the community. Not actually self-promotion, but engaging with other bloggers and commenting on their work and ideas just led people back to my content. But there is a limit to this kind of growth.
So the answer would be that while I’m not going to scream “I’m the best!” from a rooftop anytime soon (or ever), I’ve come to the conclusion that a certain amount of self-promotion is necessary. My main focus over the past 12 months has been on using Twitter more effectively and by and large I have seen more traffic being directed from my Twitter feed to my blog, though it is still nowhere near as effective as the wordpress reader or search engines in terms of getting traffic to the blog. That said, I’m not very good at writing tweets, or using hashtags, or any of the other bits of advice people give about writing good tweets. It’s a work in progress.
One thing I am going to keep in mind no matter where this blog goes, is that the content and anime come first. It isn’t about promoting myself and it isn’t about promotion for promotions sake. It is about reaching out to anime fans and building a community that enjoy interacting with me. I might make a few mistakes along the way, but hopefully I won’t tread on too many toes.
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