Whenever we submit a part of our soul that we translated into words, we do so armed with nothing but the hope that the person reading our work will understand it.
Sometimes they do. Most times they don’t.
Rejection scrapes the heart. But, well, there’s nothing to do about it. In fact, rejection is as much a part of being a writer as punching those damn keys. It’s as much a part of being a writer as the edits and the rewrites and the social media marketing.
It’s kind of frustrating, isn’t it? Having to scroll for a minute and a half through hundreds of comments on some posts just so you can share your opinion.
It’s even more frustrating when your own posts aren’t getting many comments. Sometimes it’s a comment or two. Sometimes none. Occasionally, it seems Lady Luck smiles upon you and you get a few of your readers to share their thoughts.
But never dozens or hundreds of comments like some of the other blogs out there.
Maybe it’s all about luck, maybe there’s some trick, some tactic, and you can’t help but wonder…
Am I doing something wrong?
What can I do to get more comments?
Well, first of all, it’s not magic. Or trickery. Secondly, let’s see if we can do something about it.
In order to get more comments, one must understand how they work.
Well, there are two main factors that come into play.
So, you have a finished manuscript, and now you’re ready to share it with as many readers as possible.
In order to do that, you must choose one of two paths: either self-publish your book yourself, or go the traditional route and try to find a publisher.
Deciding on which route to take means that you’ve got to figure out a couple of things about yourself first, about your book, and about your ability to effectively market (and enjoy the process) both yourself as an author and your book.
Now, let’s discuss the essential questions to ask yourself if you’re trying to decide if self-publishing your book is the best available option for you.
At least once a year someone out there publishes a long article announcing the imminent demise of the blog. More bloggers than ever are giving up, content saturation is alienating a lot of readers, and the rise in popularity of different mediums will be the final nail in the coffin.
It’s always been like this.
Out of all the bloggers I’ve networked with when I launched my first blog in 2012, only a dozen or so still publish regularly.
Out of all the bloggers that I’ve personally coached, only a dozen or so still publish regularly.
And out of all the people who decide to start a blog this year, only a small percentage of them will still publish new content regularly by the end of the year.
Did you know that you can deduce how much money someone earns by asking them a simple question?
You can, in fact, deduce a lot about them, about their principles, ethics, dreams, and goals.
What is that question?
Well, it’s simple.
“Do you believe in work-life balance?”
If it takes you less than 10 seconds to have a negative emotional reaction to what I am implying here, stop and think about why.
If you feel the need to say, “Yeah, but…” you should also stop for a minute and ask yourself if life’s a balancing act or not, and if going through life as if walking on tightrope is the only available option.
If you pay close attention to extremely successful people sharing stories about their habits and principles, you’d notice they’re all about the hustle.
Elon Musk once shared a piece of simple advice, “Work like hell.”
The trouble is, most people burn out. Folks end up in the hospital. Some even worse.
You will want to create something of your own. You will want to do what you can, with whatever’s at your disposal at that moment. Right there, right then. If you have to write your story on a piece of napkin, so be it. If you have to sketch on your phone, fine.
When you find your muse, you will feel yourself becoming addicted to the promise of doing work you hope could last forever…