The Reason No One’s Reading What You Write

Social Media Detox Project: Day 24

Because what you write isn’t good enough.

Not yet, anyway.

But that’s because you haven’t been doing it for very long, or you just don’t do it enough.

As that realization sets in, this is where most people typically stop.

“Why should I even try?” They say.

Because the other ones who succeed ask themselves that exact same question

And then they keep going.

Just shouting at people to follow you doesn’t work, you can’t pull people by a leash. If you try to do that, the leash will snap.

They have to come willingly.

What I Did Today


Novel writing

Time with friends

Something I Read Today

“Direct marketers don’t care how many people they reach.

They care what percentage take action.

Brand marketers have trouble measuring action, so all they have to work with is reach.

If you can measure, stop worrying about big numbers when it comes to reach. Run away from the Super Bowl or a billboard on the main highway.

Small audiences are your friend, because small audiences are specific, and specific increases your percentage.” -From Seth’s Blog, Comparing % and Mass by Seth Godin

Something I Learned Today

We are all wells, but when it comes to anything, we only have a limited amount of water.

I think too many of us are wells with only a bucket’s worth full of water, which is why we burn out so easily.

Don’t Scroll Past Me

Social Media Detox Project: Day 23

We all wish to be heard; to be seen; to be noticed.

“I’ve got something to say, too! Pay attention to me!”

We all say it.

We all want it.

Is that why we write?

That’s part of it.

But I’m learning to be more comfortable with and focus on what I’m doing. To not worry so much about whether or not you will actually read this.

I’m writing this because I want to be a better writer.


Because I enjoy doing it; but also because I have a desire to be heard.

And why should my voice matter more than anyone else’s?

It shouldn’t.

On a similar note, I think I get what the random likes by people on WordPress are.

People scrolling by on their Reader feed, just clicking on the Like button for every single post, without actually reading the article.

That’s okay, though. Y’all keep doing your thing, and I’ll do mine.

What I Did Today


Novel writing

Blog writing

Something I Read Today

“When you’re feeling stuck with your project, grab three index cards.

On each card, write down an element of the project that, if you invested time and money, would change for the better.

If those three things happened, if those three elements improved, what would happen to your project?

Okay, now that you’ve got all three… what are you going to do about it?” -From Seth’s Blog, by Seth Godin

Something I Learned Today

Maybe the meaningful things I do won’t matter today, right now; but maybe someday.

Adjusting Habits

Social Media Detox Project: Day 22

This morning I decided to wake up at 4 and exercise.

Normally, I exercise after I get home from work in the evening, but I’m doing a little experiment.

The idea was to front load exercise so I don’t have to do it in the evening when I’m already picking up my kid from her mom’s, trying to figure out dinner, and then trying to fit in time for writing, editing video or something otherwise productive.

Now it’s 7:30 in the evening and I’m already pooped!

I plan to do this for a week or two, and see how it goes. I’m hoping it will make my evenings a little more structured.

So far, I have spent the evening watching Vikings, so, while not the most productive use of time, it is instead something I will label a “transition phase”.

What I Did Today


Novel writing

Watched Vikings

Ate a grilled cheese

Something I Read Today

“You are sure to be censured by malevolent Criticks and Bug Writers, who will abuse you while you are serving them, and wound your Character in nameless Pamphlets, thereby resembling those little dirty stinking Insects that attack us only in the dark, disturbing our Repose, molesting and wounding us while our Sweat and Blood is contributing to their Subsistence.” -Ben Franklin To Robert Morris, as read in The Quartet by Joseph J. Ellis

Something I Learned Today

Sleep is my best friend.

History Is So Cool

Social Media Detox Project: Day 21

Multiple people throughout history had the foresight to record what was going on in their present.

Whether or not it was intentional, much of what they wrote can be seen as life lessons; what to do and what not to do.

All they managed to accomplish, even without all the resources we currently possess, still fascinate us to this day:

The cities they built;

The ideas they wrote down;

The beliefs they shared;

And the wars they fought.

Through their stories we learn what daily life was like in those long ago days, and remember how much we take for granted.

What I Did Today

Novel writing


Posted my first AuthorTube video on YouTube

Recorded a new video

Something I Read Today

“The one who pays the piper, carries the tune.” -From Fires of the Faithful by Naomi Kritzer

Something I Learned Today

That I need to continue doing things that my “lizard brain” tells me not to.

Downtime is OK

Social Media Detox Project: Day 20

I think the fear of not hustling enough is a real thing.

But sometimes, you gotta eat some Cinnamon Toast Crunch and watch Captain Marvel.

What I Did Today

Went hiking with a friend

Got coffee with another friend

Novel writing


Something I Learned Today

That I still struggle a bit with letting myself relax and watch a movie.

Something I Read Today

“So we clasped hands, and closed our eyes, and listened to the faint drumbeats from the village piazza, then lost ourselves in the crunch of the leaves under our feet, and the pounding of our hearts, and the wind in our ears.” -From Fires of the Faithful by Naomi Kritzer

Paying attention to my lifeline

Social Media Detox Project: Day 19

I am exploring self-employment, which is like submerging into a mysterious abyss. As I dive deeper, I’ll discover all sorts of new and interesting treasures, wildlife and other people who live here. My entire worldview is shifting.

But I am just visiting, and I can’t venture too deep just yet.

Currently, my day job is my lifeline. As I continue exploring, I have to pay enough attention to it so that it doesn’t snap.

But if I spend enough time down here I will adapt; I will find other lifelines.

Then maybe I’ll be able to survive on my own.

What I Did Today

Novel writing

Blog writing


Something I Read Today

“If you’re not proud of what you actually do, perhaps you can explore doing something else instead.” –from Seth’s Blog: “Say What You Want” by Seth Godin

Something I Learned Today

That George Washington suffered more defeats than any other General at the time of the American Revolution.

Honor and Real Love

Social Media Detox Project: Day 18

Honor is about self-respect, self-love and caring for everything in one’s life.

George Washington was big on honor. When he felt disrespected by British imperialism, he saw it as a reflection of everything else that was happening in the fledgling U.S., which was still becoming united.

I think that the current administration is a reflection of a much lower level of honor.

Because the members of the administration don’t love themselves enough or those around them. Not really. Whatever it is, it isn’t real love.

Washington loved himself, though. And because of that, he was able to truly love those around him and realize that the value inherent in independence was one of the greatest gifts a person could receive. Washington recognized the value in that freedom.

Liberties, rights, freedom from tyranny. It’s something I’ve always taken for granted. I don’t know anything else but that privileged life.

But…if my rights were stripped away, would I maintain my honor? In my personal belief in the value of those rights?

Would I play it safe and bow to authoritarianism?

Would I stand up, step forward and risk my life?

I’d like to say that I would risk it all, but it’s hard to say, for sure. I hope that I never have to find out.

History, for the most part, paints a rosy-colored picture of Washington; I know he wasn’t perfect. No one is.

But he did a lot of really cool shit. He stood for something.

He was a stand-up guy; a prime example of someone with character and an attitude I wish to emulate.

If I can turn out to be a fraction of the person he was, I will be able to say that I’m a success.

What I Did Today

Novel writing

Blog writing

Played a show with my band

Something I Read Today

“I am now embarked on a tempestuous Ocean from whense, perhaps no friendly harbor is to be found…it is an honor I wished to avoid…I can answer but for three things, a firm belief in the justice of our Cause–close attention to the prosecution of it–and the strictest integrity–if these cannot supply the places of Ability and Experience the cause will suffer & more than probably my character along with it, as reputation derives it’s principle support from success.” –Words of George Washington, from The Quartet by Joseph J. Ellis

Something I Learned Today

It’s really easy to slip into a state of complacency about our rights and liberties in the States.