I was talking to a friend about what I’ve been up to with my writing and publishing. He’s not on social media at all and was pretty interested in what all that was about. After I gave a quick explanation of twitter, he asked me how many followers I had. I gave him the number and was shocked by how impressed he was.
“It’s not that much,” I said. “There are people that have thousands.”
“Yeah, but you haven’t been at this for very long. That’s pretty good.”
That’s not exactly how the conversation went, but it sums up what I’ve been doing to myself way too much. As someone driven, at least when it comes to writing, I’m always looking ahead and thinking about what I’m NOT doing. And as an extension of this I’ll compare myself to others. I don’t get jealous of what they’ve done, I just feel like I’m somehow slacking or something because I’m not where they are.
It’s really easy to get wrapped up in all the writing and publishing stuff and forget that a few months ago I had nothing.
I know a lot more about the writing/publishing process, the biggest lesson being there’s A LOT to know.
I actually HAVE a social media presence and lately, new twitter followers everyday. What amazes me about that, is I’m not all that active on twitter. I tweet everyday, but it’s usually in the evening after dinner and with everything else I want to get done before bed, not much time to devote. I do a little more on my days off, but still doesn’t seem like much. Uh oh, getting negative again.
Thanks to ROW80, it feels like I’ll have a book to share with people in my lifetime.
Probably by the time I finish writing this I’ll go back to judging my shortcomings, but for now it’s all about the positive.
What about you? What sorts of achievements have you made?
Please note: Reading and loving this blog totally counts as an achievement around here.