Originally published on 27 August 2016 on LinkedIn.
In the last three weeks I have embarked on a personal experiment. To further discover the nuances of social media, I am writing blogs on various topics which interest me and posting them to LinkedIn.
My first attempt was very well received. I felt great.
Then I came across a topic about which I felt extremely passionate and I thought about it…. a lot. I discussed with members of my family. I researched. I drafted and redrafted. Then I posted it!
And my sister liked it. And no one else.
I am pretty sure somewhere in our DNA is a contractual obligation for her to like whatever I write especially when I consulted her on the topic.
Feeling despondent, I asked my husband to read it (as he is actually contractually obliged to) and his response, with a shrug of his shoulders and promptly returning to whatever it was he was doing at the time, was “Yep, it was good.”
Knowing me as he does, he returned 24 hours later to let me know that J.K. Rowling was rejected by 12 publishers before getting a deal and Van Gogh only sold one of his 800 artworks whilst he was alive. The going rate for his pieces is now up to the hundreds of millions.
But I won’t get too far ahead of myself as to be legendary is not my aim. It is, as I stated at the beginning, to experiment. So if first you don’t succeed, try try again.