This particular rant has been inspired by a fellow blogger.
This individual was once like most of us; searching for something, anything to elevate him from the depths of frustration and despair. He turned to the world of blogging and against all odds, lightning struck and catapulted him to the top of the publishing world with several books based on his blog. Don’t believe me? Just check out his blog, where he recounts his success.
All… the… time.
There is a very fine line between thanking your readers/subscribers for their continued devotion and bragging incessantly until those same individuals are driven to attend one of your book signings in order to do you bodily harm.
And no, this isn’t the Green Eyed Monster speaking; I have respect and admiration for this blogger for achieving his goals. I just can’t help but wonder if all this bragging isn’t directed at one individual in particular, someone who decided this person wasn’t good enough to keep around so he/she dropped them at the curb like the stinky trash.
There are a lot of bloggers among this person’s readership who are inspired by his success and hope to catch some of the same lightning and bottle it. If they’re like me, they genuinely enjoy his blog but they’re beginning to get more than a little tired of the constant “Look at me! Look at me!” nature of his work.
- First it was the original book.
- Then the second.
- Then the “Special Edition” tied into the seasons.
- The crappy coffee commercial.
- The desk calendar.
- Finally, the Movement was born! Seriously.
All of which have been self-promoted to death! Marketing is crucial, yes, but when you have an actual publisher behind you they assume the promoting chores.
Not this guy. What’s next?
- “Magnificent” brand condoms. To keep the Magnicicent! moment unspoiled by conception!
- “Magnificent” imodium tablets. Stay Magnificent! even when being attacked by a nasty stomach virus!
I wish I had more, but this is giving me a headache. I need to pop some Magnificent! brand aspirin and lie down.
One last thing: if this person really wants to thank his fans, why not hold a contest and provide the winner with an opportunity to break into the publishing world?
Now that would truly be awesome!