For two weeks, I have been working on a blog post about how I changed my mind about Facebook ads. I am not a fan of Facebook; however, I have friends who have increased their revenue using FB as a business advertising platform.
As I edited the blog post, it fought back. Something did not feel right. The more I thought about the post and made changes, the more I disliked what I was writing. I realized the blog post about Facebook ads represented my past.
Writing is a process; it is also a form of therapy and self-realization. Part of my realization was that the FB post felt out of place and did not fit what I wanted to write about now or in the future.
As an intellectual thinker, who loves a mental challenge, writing about our digital transformation, social science, and our changing behaviors for me, is more engaging.
I believe career alignment with your interest and talent is crucial and I have included this topic in both of my books.
The Internet of Life fascinates, intrigues, and concerns me as we are speed forwards the future will little thought of how of the consequences.
Nicholas Carr wrote about this shift in The Glass Gage, summer is not over so you still have time to read. Writing and studying the past and future is an interest of mine.
To define my writing and blogs posts into a fancy tag line is hard because my thoughts and writings do not fit neatly into a square box or circle.
To live and work as an author in today’s digital world is a gutsy move. Having worked for investor funded startups, I believe the two professions are closer aligned than we acknowledge. Authors and founders are risk takers willingly placing their ideas, soul, and passion in public view for all to judge and criticize.
Very few startups survive and even fewer receive investor funding. For authors, the survival rates are similar and very few authors receive a book deal. Self-publishing a book or launching a new product that no one outside your immediate circle of family and friends knows about is VERY HARD WORK.
So, how do authors and startup founders build successful businesses? Most authors today are self-employed and self-published. Joanna Penn coined the term author entrepreneur and indie publisher.
To live and work as an author takes more than just writing and publishing a book, it requires the same urgency, tenacity, and drive found in a startup venture.