You guys often ask me how I did this or how I did that, and if there is a secret recipe to it all. "How did you get so many readers?" "How do you keep up with posting everywhere online?" "How do you get people to read (review, like, talk about) your books?" "How do you find the time to write and read and do everything else?" "How do you find motivation to keep moving forward?" "How did you get to be so successful (famous, known, respected)?" Which is total bull as I don't know what most people mean by BEING SUCCESSFUL, and in my world I'm not there yet, my writing still sucks ass. But anyway. To answer all these questions at once.
I DON'T KNOW.
I don't have a clue. I don't get it. I scratch my head every day and ponder and get all confused and puzzled. What you think looks so pretty on the outside doesn't look pretty at all. Here is the daily reality I face, and the only thing I do know how to do is to ignore it all and simply keep writing.
My Twitter numbers are falling.
I used to do social media marketing for companies and all that jazz and I used to be mad about growing numbers and tracking them and measuring them and whatever. Then I started writing and really interacting with you, my readers, and understood that numbers are bullshit. They seem to mean stuff, but the whole truth is more complicated and I will never know it. So I stopped. I stopped using tools and apps, I stopped trying to be smart and coming up with clever tweets. It was taking away my time from writing. Now I just tweet when I want whatever I want, and sometimes it's outright stupid. Some days I get some new followers, some I don't. I don't know why. I only know that because so many of you are still there, I'll stay there for as long as you want me to.
My Ello numbers are growing.
Now Ello is something I love to death as it's clean and white and minimalistic, and that is very much to my taste. I WANT to post pictures here because they look pretty. Do I know what I'm doing there? No clue. Will I keep doing it? Yes! Why? Because I like it, no other reason. (No bloody ads here, thank God.) And I like you all who are here. You are awesome and you inspire me. Thank you.
My Patreon patrons are cutting down their pledges.