We all know those people. They blow up social media with a dozen selfies a day. They seem to broadcast every single thought that passes through their heads (unedited and unabridged). They turn their private lives into a public affair.
And then there’s me. I blog irregularly, post on Facebook infrequently, tweet even less, and don’t even ask about other social media. I see things that other people post, and I always think, “Why am I not that candid?”
The problem is I’m a private person in a very public world.
As a writer, I never really wanted to promote me. I wanted to create worlds that others could get lost in, and introduce my books to readers. Yet today everyone needs a brand.
So, how does a private person promote himself?
A few ideas I’ve seen but not yet pursued:
- Book or series sites
- Book or series social media pages
- Email marketing
Ultimately, I’m not as concerned about what others are doing, but more about how others negotiate feeling like social media has made self-promotion an all-in, invasive way of living. Some people seem to revel in sharing little tidbits from their life. For me, it feels like work.
I think it’s because, as a writer, I’m so used to obfuscating my experiences through the lens of a character and plot. Every story I write is based on my experiences, thoughts, and perceptions, but it is wrapped in a protective shroud of mystery called fiction.
Maybe it’s my Capricorn need to keep people at arm’s length. I wonder if other Capricorns struggle with feeling like social sharing shares too much.
Any other creative types struggling with the balancing act of private versus public?