Scary & Overwhelming
I welcome all new subscribers who signed up at the Write-to-PublishConference. A word we heard many times at the conference was platform, which is the topic of our discussion today.
If I were to define platform for a writer, I would say it is your experience or education that gives you credibility and how you reach or connect with your readers.
Michael Hyatt, in his book, Platform, Get Noticed in a Noisy World, he defines platform as the thing you stand on to get heard. He says today’s platform is built of people, contacts, connections and followers.
When I think about platform, I know it is necessary, but two things come to mind for me. It is scary and I can feel overwhelmed.
Yes, it is scary. I think it is scary for many writers and I think one of the reasons is that most writers are introverts. I know I am. I get energized when I spend time alone and being with people fatigues me. To approach people and develop relationships, in person or online, I get an initial hesitant feeling.
But, I have tried to do other jobs and I always come back to being a writer. That is when I have to realize that there are things about our first loved profession that may be difficult, but that is when we grow as a person and a writer.
I don’t consider myself a technical person, so whenever I explore a new area of social media, I feel there are so many things to learn. Many of us try to do too much at one time. We look at our colleagues and feel if they are a part of something, we need to be, also. And, maybe we do, but maybe not now. We can only learn one thing well, when we slow down and try to understand it. The time will come for the next thing and then the next.
How about you? Do you find building a platform at times scary or overwhelming?