I’m a writer in the Bay Area and I want to get more writing work. I’ve been recognized for my work. My employers like my work. It gets read and even better, it gets results. On top of all this, I have things to say and I’m good at finding ways to say them. For years, people have told me to write a blog, a column, a book.
Yet when you Google me, there’s almost nothing. No Twitter, Facebook, Foursquare, Instagram. Up until today, there was no blog either. Why?
Because I value my attention span. I am not a Twitterphile, a constant Redditor, or a Facebook addict. This is a good thing – my attention span stays focused for long periods of time, so I create good work. I want to keep it that way.
Because I didn’t need a blog before. In previous years, I didn’t need a blog to get work. But in 2013, I do. Actually, a blog may not be nearly enough. According to some people, I should have a website, a huge portfolio, 2,000 followers on Twitter, and a public Instagram feed with 400 photos. But I don’t have those. I may never have them. I’m not passionate about those things. I’m passionate about the actual work I’m doing.
I’ve started this blog because some employers think that data-munching, fingers-flying key-logging person is what they want. And I’ve come here to tell them: I will give you better work than that person will.
My reason for this post is because of a semi-faith in the process; that frankly, being honest will not backfire. We’ll see if I’m right.