When I started my first website I had no clue what blogging was. I just wanted to write and promote my recently written book, A Train Called Forgiveness. I didn’t give away free stuff to try to get people to buy other stuff. WTF?
As time went by, I learned that getting followers wasn’t so easy as I’d first hoped. I had to start a mailing list, sign up for all the social media, and give away free stuff. So I did. But it really didn’t do much in the long run. In fact, I sold more product before I did all that shit than afterwards.
Yet here I am, back where I started. A few years ago I got tired of the rat race of promoting myself and my work. I deleted everything and started this site without all the old bells and whistles. I just wanted to create and share. I hoped I still had enough of an audience to support my work. That was a pipe dream.
So what will it take? More free stuff? Perhaps. But first…
Why are artists expected to give stuff away in order to drum up a little business? Does the grocery store give you a free box of cookies so you’ll buy some meat? Does the mechanic give you a free alignment so you’ll get new shocks? I don’t think so. What makes the artist lesser than?
I don’t think it should be this way, but it is what it is.
Recently, I started a new mailing list. You probably noticed the signup box at the end of each post. I suppose everybody wants free stuff now? – dse
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