Calling in the Cavalry
I’m a Platform-Building Campaigner. What, you might ask, is that, and why is it such a big deal?
It’s a big deal because writing is, by its nature, a solitary pursuit. Unless you’re lucky enough to be a member of a writing team for someone like David Letterman, chances are you’re stuck by yourself, all alone, in an office or other converted space, pounding away on a computer or, what they used to call in the day, a “typewriter.”
It’s a big deal is because through this Campaign, I will become part of a growing community of writers, many of whom are in the same proverbial boat as me, i.e., a complete novice at this writing thing. I also won’t have to waste valuable time making all my own mistakes…I can make just a few, while learning from the mistakes others have made before me. It’s a good deal, especially since it’s extremely likely their mistakes aren’t nearly as fatal as mine usually are.
Like many (if not the majority) of writers out there, I’m not too keen on promoting my own work, or my own name, or my own brand (like I even know what a “brand” is). I’d like to believe that once someone reads what I write, they’ll graciously deign to tell all their friends, relatives, acquaintances, and co-workers what a great writer I am and boy they should really check out my blog because it will change their lives for the better…forever.
Who says I don’t have a fantasy life?
Anyway, that isn’t gonna happen (unfortunately), so I’ve got to take my destiny—and my reputation—into my own, feeble, inexperienced hands. Joining the Platform-Building Campaign will not only teach me what a “platform” is, it will, hopefully, go a long way towards improving my comfort level in blowing my own horn, and, just as importantly, the horns of all the other Campaigners out there.
Stay tuned…I’ll let you know how it’s going. In the meantime, click on the Shield at the left to see what I’m talking about.