You know what baffles me? People who seem to just have a knack for effortless—almost careless—self promotion. People who aren’t too shy to point out that awesome thing they did or made.
Seriously. Do they bottle that? And where can I buy some? Because letting the quality of my work speak for itself is just not going to cut it, especially if I ever want to ditch the wage-slave gig and actually attempt to make a living writing at some point.
I was randomly puttering around online and somewhere on the way down yet another clicking rabbit hole I came across a pretty nifty CIO article aimed at helping shy people in IT get better at touting their own accomplishments. Let me tell you, I’ve not clicked on an article that quickly since 2002. (Confession: I was totally on the Britney Spears+Justin Timberlake train and could not believe they’d broken up).
It turns out that coaching a shy coder isn’t all that different from coaching a shy reservations coordinator who moonlights as a blogger. Especially when Meridith Levinson notes that “[t]he hang-up most people have with self-promotion has to do with the fact that they don’t like to talk about themselves, particularly in the context of greatness. So it’s helpful to think of self-promotion not as talking about yourself, but as talking about your work.”
I can do that! (Maybe). It helps that I actually have something sort of, kind of writerly to point to at the moment: my third article—and second academic book review—just got accepted to EzineArticles! Yes, it’s an unpaid article directory, but those three pieces are clips I can point to as I build a portfolio, right? Right?
Anyway, who’s got other totally-not-bragging tricks to try? I’m all ears.