Day 75- A Bit of Rant About Support and Community, Kind of…
So, I had a day off yesterday. It was an OK experience.
I was surprised at the end of the day that I had literally not done any work at all. I really didn’t do anything and I was a bit disappointed.
I was disappointed because I didn’t sleep any more than usual. For me having a ‘day off’ or a chill day means I should have a lovely nap sometime during the day and I was tired actually but I didn’t sleep. I did the whole Netflix binge of 6 episodes of a series.
Technically there was enough time in the day to have had that nap but I just didn’t meet the right conditions Alhamdolillah (praise be to God) for everything.
So today s back to working and who know I may get a nap in there too if I manage to achieve my daily tasks which is mainly writing.
As this is my blogging site focused week, I’m aiming to get 5 posts completed today another 5 tomorrow and then uploading them to my site by Wednesday to schedule and format etc. Insha Allah (God willing). I also have a few appointments this week, that’s one of the reasons why I want to get the bulk of the writing done by tomorrow so that I have the rest of the week to fit other tasks around appointments without falling behind.
I still need to do some updates to this website (yezarck.com) with a few new artworks for sale and things like that.
I’ll be honest with you sometimes I wonder if its even worth having an art website when most things these days are so social media focused? A lot of people are selling through their Instagram for example. I’ll be honest with you if I was, I probably wouldn’t bother with a website. But I also think that’s a good thing why I’m not selling through social media, and don’t get me wrong I would love to be selling there. Any sale is good right?
What I mean is that social media isn’t as stable as we all might think. If I was to keep that as my main platform for selling and had all my focus there without having my own site as my online home then I would be at the mercy of whatever the social media platform dictates.
For example, I have heard of instances where people who after having massive accounts of tens of thousands of followers have lost there accounts or they have been disabled for random reasons and then they have had to start all over again from scratch. I suppose if you did have that large of a following then it shouldn’t take you all that long for your old followers to reconnect with you if they are really interested in your content but what a pain in the arse and the chest that would be!
Another downside is the constant change in the algorithms. I actually hate it when people start talking about that crap, like people who are giving you tips for making the best of the platform by teaching you what the algorithm wants and all that. I mean get real yeah, as Gary V said the algorithm is constantly changing every day, so technically there is no algorithm. I would said that means there’s no use in trying to teach algorithm because it would be something you have to learn every week or however often they change it. I'm sorry but for a one woman band who is trying to run her own business that’s just not practical.
I’m sick of those people selling their amazing formulas only to pay and then see no results. I know that everything happens over time and things are gradual but at the same time there are some people who make a lot of progress with their social media accounts very quickly. I have seen it with my own eyes.
I think the main thing for me is the groundwork and having that community of people that you personally know that will really support you. I have a community of people but in that community the support I get is very small.
In my locality I have a network of over 600 people that I know and have met, of those only a handful have followed my YouTube channel (I currently have 65 subscribers, I’ll let you do the percentage). I have sent out requests for support via my main method of contact with my community which is WhatsApp and it has yielded minimal results. I would have thought that at least 100 people could have given me a follow. I mean how long does it take? You send someone you know a link to your channel and all they need to do is just click the link and then click subscribe. Its over in seconds!
I mean is it asking for too much?
So I don’t believe in luck, I believe in hard work. I’m not expecting hand outs but sometimes you want a little help.
Just a little.
That little help could be the boost which really helps you to get started and better than that, to keep going.