Over the years I’ve studied, and learned, a lot about becoming a professional writer. While there’s a lot to know about the craft of writing articles and fiction, there’s more to being a writer than just writing. When I’m finally in a position to get my book published, I want to have a platform.
In a nutshell, I want to be known before I’m known.
That’s one of the reasons I have this blog. And I have a personal blog. And I contribute to a blog written by Midwestern writers. There’s also my Twitter account, Facebook page, and Web site. All of it in an effort to make sure that some day when people want to locate me, they can find me.
Recently, the number of followers on my blog has crept up toward the triple digits. I remember how thrilled I was when I reached 50 followers. Now I’m at 93. Soon I’ll have 100.
Does this mean there are 100 people out there who care about my career progress? Or are you just curious to see if I’ll fail? Maybe you like my wit and charm? I don’t know. What I do know, however, is that I’m making forward progress, and that’s the point.
I’m still working on my platform, creating a recognizable brand that portrays the right images. It all sounds so sophisticated and professional. As far as I’m concerned, it’s just good fun to put my thoughts and opinions out there for people to read.
QUESTION: Can you remember your favorite writer’s brand?