Let me start by saying this phrase really annoys me.

Our readers and followers are not fish.

Just like strategies that claim to “drive people” to our websites, etc. or establishing our “brand”, which are both cowboy metaphors, this usage sounds like you are only interested in “snagging an audience”.

Your first reason to write a blog is to have a voice in the world. You have something to say, you have something to share, you have interests and opinions based on your experience and world view, and you want to get them out into the world.

Instead, some people want to have an audience. A big audience. A HUGE audience.

Which is understandable. Heck, I wish I had a huge audience!

But not at the expense of adapting MY VOICE IN THE WORLD to appease others.

There are plenty of experts out there who can advise you about SEO, ads, sites to promote yourself, etc. etc. etc. Know that most of these people may be sharing their own experience and knowledge, but they also hope to make money off YOU. After all, if there were a sure-fire way to grow a huge audience in a short amount of time, we would ALL be jillionaires.

There will be a fortunate few who can gain fame, likes, a huge audience, sponsors/sponsorship, etc. My favorites are the people who have gained great insights in how to live our best life, and how to be the best person we can be. The influencer crowd? Meh.

So follow your own path, but please consider what is really important to you in life.

Wealth? Influence? Adoration?

Or becoming your best, authentic, heart-driven self?

Your choice.

Author: Luann Udell

I find it just as important to write about my art as to make it. I am fascinated by stories. You can tell when people are speaking their truth--their eyes light up, their voices become strong, their entire body posture becomes powerful and upright. I love it when people get to this place in their work, their relationships, their art. As I work from this powerful place in MY heart, I share this process with others--so they have a strong place to stand, too. Because the world needs our beautiful art. All of it we can make, as fast as we can! Whether it's a bowl, a painting, a song, a garden, a story, if it makes our world a better place, we need to do everything in our power to get it out there.

4 thoughts on “TODAY’S QUORA ANSWER:”

  1. I heartily agree!! I can’t see spending so much time on audience building at the expense of creating my art. I find face book and instagram too filled with strange posts.Also people want to friend me,but seem not really interested in my art.It may work well for others,but just maintaining my website takes enough time from my other activities. My work is available locally as well as online,so people can find me and reach out to me if they have an interest.

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    1. Elizabeth, thank you for sharing your thoughts, and delighted you agree! There’s nothing WRONG with marketing our work, but despite the claims of many “influencers” and “experts”, there is no sure-fire way to create success, fame, money from our work. And if it’s our main goal, and we don’t achieve it, I’m always saddened by the people who then WALK AWAY from the work of their heart. No matter how much, or how little we make from it, our creativew work is what makes us grounded, authentic, and true to ourselves. There’s no price tag for that!


  2. Do I want an audience for my blog? Sure, I don’t want to think I’m just sending words into the dark (and burning disk space on a planet that doesn’t need any more junk).
    Do I want any old readers who tag my work like it’s fast fashion to move on from, or *my* audience, who really engage?
    We’re not all built for the spotlight.


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