Thursday, February 19, 2015
On Approachability || Being a Public Figure Online
And yet, when I look back at the blogs I loved before I started blogging, I'm shocked. I have more followers now than my favorite blog, Go Teen Writers, did when I started reading it. The blogger I most looked up to when I started blogging, Lily for Lily's Notes in the Margins, is now my closest writing friend. One thing I've learned about the internet is that it levels the playing field.
There are people who've said before that Inklined is one of their favorite blogs. This shocks me! But more than that it honors me. The other day I was reading a blog called Opal Swirls. I'd just nominated the blog for a tag. Wild Horse, the blogger, said, "So when I was reading Inklined (a blog I used to be waaaay too scared to comment on) I was excited to see Sarah had a tag, about books."
Now I will confess. I used to be too scared to comment on Cait's blog, Paper Fury. But the idea that someone might be too scared to comment on my blog is crazy! I love comments. When people comment on my blog, it delights me.
So you have people like Wild Horse, too scared to comment. And then you have people like Andrea Marie. A few weeks ago, Andrea commented saying she'd love to guest post on Inklined and have me guest post on her blog. To my memory, Andrea has never commented here before. I'd never read her blog. But she had the guts to put herself out there to me. Because this is the internet. Anything can happen here.
For instance, I've interviewed a NYT Bestselling author on this blog, Jennifer Neilson author of The False Prince. I've been retweeted by another NYT Bestselling author, James Dashner. But I initiated both of those interactions. The reason James Dashner saw my tweet was because I tagged him in it. The reason Jennifer Neilson allowed me to interview her was because I emailed her and asked if she would be open to an interview.
I have my email address sprinkled all over this blog. I also provide my readers with links to my Goodreads, Twitter, Pinterest, and Google+ profiles. By making those things publicly available, I'm giving you permission to contact me on any of those forums. You'll notice there isn't a link to my Facebook page. That's because I almost never accept friend requests from people I don't know in real life. I don't really want readers of my blog to approach me on Facebook, and so I don't link to my Facebook profile. But because I give you my email, I'm giving you permission to email.
On the internet, we are all accessible to the public. And if the public wants to Tweet at us, follow us on Pinterest, or comment on our blog, we need to be open to that. And even if you're just a lowly fangirl, you are capable of tweeting at and following your favorite bloggers, writers, and actors too.
We are all on the internet for a reason, and that is to feel connected to other people. So you never have to ask permission to reach out and make connections.
Have you ever felt scared to comment on this blog or anywhere else? Is there an article you want me to read or something your want me to blog about. Tweet or email me! I promise I won't bite (unless you smell like chocolate. Then all bets are off.)
Thank you so much for reading!
And if any of you just really love my blog, shoot me an email and let me know. I'd love to chat with you!