#Self-Promotion · 10 June 2017

#Twitter is such a strange platform. It is all about promotion, especially self-promotion, which means it is all about me. And promoting myself is something I am definitely not comfortable doing. (It was my friends who tried to frame me for doing so.)

I suppose I could get better at bragging if I want to embrace Twitter. After all, I can do it in front of my family. It is usually in jest, but believe it or not, there are a few things I am pretty good at. Like falling off a log. But regardless of the things I can or cannot do, I suppose I ought to embrace the whole social media self-promotion thing. After all, I do want people to read what I write. I want them to buy my books. And I even want them to watch the things I have put on YouTube.

As long as they do not do those things around me.

It is a bit strange. As much as I would like people to like me and follow me on Facebook and Twitter. As much as I would like them to buy my books and other writings. As much as I would like them to watch me on YouTube, I have a hard time when people do those things around me. I feel self-conscious when I hear myself sing on the computer. Or when people read my writing when I am around.

Part of my problem is that I feel like I can always do better. I feel like my writing and teaching and singing can be more polished. Regardless of how good or bad it is. I guess I always feel like my work is never quite done. Or quite good enough for public consumption.

Which does not make any sense at all. I have been putting out weekly writing unfit for human consumption since 2006. It is never quite good enough, but I like to have a weekly output. Polished or unpolished. Blemished or unblemished. Edited or unedited. Out it goes onto the interweb.

Maybe that is why I have a hard time with the whole social media thing. I want to be polished. I want to be ready for prime time. Even though I rarely am. And since I rarely have something to brag about, I keep my tweets to myself. (Except when I am writing a #SixWordStory or commenting on a trending hashtag or promoting my blog.)

I guess if I am going to keep writing, I need to embrace social media promotion. I need to add to the flotsam and jetsam that is the internet and hope people think my 140 characters are good enough to follow me or at least click through to my websites.

When it comes right down to it, I will probably always have a problem with bragging about myself and pointing to me. Which is why I will always think that social media, especially Twitter, is such a strange platform.

© 2017 Michael T. Miyoshi

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