It’s not that I don’t like people. I do. I like them a lot. It’s just that I work. Also a lot. Two jobs worth at this moment. But I’m also attempting to run an IndieGoGo campaign for the next episode of my webseries, Tales of the Sword Episode Two, “The Scarlet Stalker.”
One of the members of my awesome team pointed out to me the other day that it might be a good idea to get out in public and meet people. You know, kiss some hands, shake some babies… “press the flesh,” as he called it (and yes, I had to ask him what that meant, too). And I agreed whole-heartedly with him: there’s not much more effective than sharing your passions and projects with the public IN PERSON.
But I don’t have any networking events on the horizon. I barely have time to hug the boyfriend, pet the cat, and watch an occasional episode of Scorpion. I don’t have any regular groups, like book clubs or bowling leagues, and they frown a little on pimping your projects to the public while you’re at work.
I’ve been trying to figure out how to widen my digital footprint every since I read the article by Etta Devine for Ms. In the Biz entitled, “5 Reasons You’re Not Ready to Crowdfund.” She talks about a “digital footprint,” and I’ve steadily been trying to increase mine. I try and tweet more. I occasionally wander over to Google+ to post, though more often than not I’m not engaging with other people save for the occasional +1 on someone’s Firefly or Dr. Who meme.
But I really want my campaign to be fun for me, something that I hope will translate to my audience out in the ether. I want to have legitimate connections with people, to feel like I’m not just jumping in the middle of someone’s virtual conversation and asking them for money for my project.
Which I guess leads me back to my issue. I feel like talking to people in person who haven’t already expressed an interest in what I’m working on is the equivalent of busting into a conversation I’m not a part of. Perhaps I just haven’t practiced the art of steering the conversations to my own nefarious purposes. Perhaps I’m just not making the connection that my passion and enjoyment should be leading my real life, too, so that I’m so bursting with fruit flavor about my project that people can’t help asking me what’s the secret to my glow of excitement.
And I am excited. I’m just trying to figure out how to make you see that through your computer screen at the moment.