Having a coffee in the morning is part of my daily routine. I have a Keurig coffee machine and a box of 80 assorted K-cups that I get from Costco with 6-8 different flavors depending on what they have in stock. Every time I reach in the box and pull out a Colombian K-cup this scene pops into my head!
Good ideas come and go and the past few days I have had more than a few. The problem is before I can take a minute to get the idea out of my head I am moving on the the next great idea. A comment on a status here or reading an article there is what is giving me all of these ideas. It looks like I’m going to have to go back an do a review of the past week to see exactly where my train of thought has been going. Usually I write this stuff down as I go. That will teach me!
I have often wondered where the line is drawn when it comes to self promotion. How much of it is tolerable and at which point is it no longer promotion and nothing but a desperate plea for attention? I’m venturing into such territory now.
Now granted many of the entries or photographs that I do share on various channels through the internet gets cross posted automatically to another service. For instance this very entry, once completed will be posted to my Facebook, Twitter, LinkedIn and Tumblr accounts. One would think that by creating a single entry that gets linked to five different services would be sufficient.
My own research has shown that within minutes of my post going live in addition to cross posting to all of these services at that same minute that my work is virtual y only going to be buried behind the millions of posts happening simultaneously. I have a hard enough time trying to find my own posts in my own news feeds, so imagine anyone else looking for it. Blink and you may miss it forever.
So one solution to the problem is to promote your links often except I don’t want to become that annoying guy that only clogs up your news feed with the same stale information multiple times per day. So now here I am faced with a conundrum. When do I promote my work? How many times per day is acceptable?
I don’t know what the etiquette is for such a thing or if there is really any etiquette for it at all. I mean there is no such thing as bad press right even if it is just you talking yourself up to the masses. After all no one is a better salesman of your own material than you!
Of course the tolerance for such a thing varies from person to person. I mean we are already inundated with way too many advertisements as it is in our news feeds and on videos. I have even seen advertisements on advertisements! Because of this have people become preconditioned to seeing the same information over and over again even if it is from someone they know? Does it bother a person to see what amounts to self advertising versus some crappy algorithm that a software engineer has come up with to pair targeted advertisements to your recent searches and comments?
So back to the original question. When it comes to shameless self promotion, how much is too much?
Earlier this week I posted about creativity and my lack thereof. I was writing disjointed blog posts, taking random not so great snapshots with my cell phone and making ordinary meals that lacked any kind of a creative spark what so ever. I did the only thing I know how to do when all else fails, put my head down and work my way out of the funk.
I just kept doing what I do in hopes of righting the ship. Eventually disjointed thoughts became whole ideas and I was able to string together a sentence or two without sounding completely incoherent. I was able to eek out a few posts. Not my best work I suppose, but not even the greatest writers in the world wrote classics every time they put pen to paper!
Things returned to normalcy in the kitchen as well. I made a pretty good butternut squash soup over the weekend. All from memory. There was quite a string of uninspired meals here at home for about a week. Tonight is chicken quesadilla night. One of my favorite meals to prepare at home!
To get my spark back for photography I decided to go back and edit some of the extra shots from this summer. It helped to get my mind back in the right direction. I finally composed a decent shot last night on my cell phone and with a little in phone editing it actually turned out pretty decent!
The only thing I am not liking right now is this cough that I have seemed to develop. Too many long nights at the arena playing and reffing hockey have caught up to me and it has me feeling a bit under the weather. Hopefully it doesn’t turn into anything big and kill all of this momentum that I am just starting to build.
One thing is for sure, I’m certainly glad to be back moving in the right direction.
At the moment I’m completely stuck in neutral. No new ideas what so ever. Also no desire to expand on some of my incomplete ideas at the moment either. I have run right into the proverbial wall at least from a creative standpoint.
That’s not to say I didn’t get anything done. I had to focus my attention from one area to another. There is more to this than simply creative process. I needed my mind to be in a different place for a while instead of free flowing and thinking through a million ideas all at once. I needed the analytical me to get a few things done. The side of me that calculates my every move and I rely on to get things done.
Trying to implement a plan while at the same time being the visionary is a very delicate process. I need to work time in to be both the thinker and the doer.
The architect versus the artist, the saga continues…