I wasn’t going to post this weekend since I have a friend visiting, but we talked about an interesting subject I wanted to blog about.
Now, this topic is old and has already been discussed many times. However, I wanted to point it out again and ask, “Why do we let popularity measure our self-worth?”
A major issue for me while posting my stories online is feeling like a failure. I only felt like that for one reason:
- The lack of reads on my work
Yes, that’s it. I’ll also use the example of a self-published author who posted their book on Amazon. One self-published author is getting 5-10 reviews a week, and the other is only getting 1 or 2. Does that mean the second author’s story is bad? Not always. We have to look at different factors when it comes to determining if we are successful or not.
For the first author, we have to ask the following questions:
- Who is their target audience?
- What is their marketing plan?
- How many stories have they written in the past?
- What is the quality of their work?
- What is their author platform?
When I started looking at my work from a different viewpoint, I figured out more why my reads and reviews were lacking compared to other writers.
- I don’t update every week (I tried in the past, but I got busy with school and work).
- I don’t invest in the community enough (When I did invest in the community, I was getting more attention).
- My readership is more of a niche (Most of my readers like mermaids, mermen, and/or like reading about a black female protagonist).
- My target audience isn’t young adults, it’s new adults (Sadly, I’ve noticed most readers online are teens, not young adults or adults).
The key thing I’ve seen here is a niche readership. Having a niche readership isn’t a bad thing. As my friend pointed out this weekend, J. K. Rowling wrote a Wizarding World. It was something new that readers hadn’t seen before. I’m sure at first Rowling only had a few readers, and then as her story got more exposure, her readership grew.
There is one point I want you to take away from this post, and I need to follow my advice too. If you ever feel like you’re a failure at writing, assess why first. What are other writers and/or authors doing that you aren’t?
For me, I’m letting my issues with self-doubt destroy my progress. With that being said, I plan to post my stories back up for reading. However, depending on my future work and my goal of publishing, I won’t be posting the new stories online.
Since people have already read Clash of Tides and Love for an Angel, I’ll post those again. For my new work, those will be kept offline. Don’t worry, though; I will still post short stories and poems
Have a good weekend! I hope this was helpful to those who feel like failures.