How to become Internet famous
Writers, artists and photographers
If you are being creative either as a writer, artist or photographer, you want people to see what you do. Many of my friends are writers and trying to get people to buy your novel is about making a name for yourself. People buy books for many reasons. They like the look of the cover or the blurb on the back sounds good. The most important reason people buy a book though is they have heard of the author. So many of my friends are trying to make a name for themselves and what better way than on the internet?
I can’t claim to be a photographer but I like the Facebook Timeline because mine looks great with lots of photographs. A picture can be worth a thousand words and what better way to tell people who I am, where I live and what I’m interested in than photographs. For example, the Manor House in the picture above once made people curious and ask if the climate was changing. No not this century, in the 18th or 19th century or maybe even earlier. At the back of the Manor House was a garden and they were growing a lot of exotic fruits like grapes, nectarines and cherries. I looked around when I was there taking photographs and next to the Manor House now are allotments where people still grow a wide range of fruit and vegetables. I am interested in local history and my photographs show that! I get interest in the photographs from around the world and become better known for photography all the time.
Twitter is another medium that you can use to tell people who you are and what you do. It is limited to 140 characters though, but you can link to blogs and pictures. It is a portal through which people can find information, although I admit to not being very good at making full use of Twitter.
Blogging allows just about anyone to put their thoughts through words and their pictures online. Anyone can be a writer, but not anyone can be a good writer! You do need to be very interested in how words are used and it helps to have studied the language and literature of your native language. I wasn’t keen on English literature when I was in High school but I appreciate it now. The fiction of Charles Dickens told me much more about life in Victorian England than any history book. You can blog about anything, even though it was originally meant to be a personal weblog; a diary of sorts.
You can also use Pinterest to share your pictures and pictures from websites that you visit. Pinterest appears to be the latest in social networking ideas. I came across Historypin this morning because it was linked on Facebook from the British Monarchy page. Even the Queen of England is trying to use social networking to become famous now!
LinkedIn is a more professional networking site. Here you have a professional profile and join groups such as those for writers. You can connect with like minded people around the world who you might have something in common with. You can also ask questions and LinkedIn ‘experts’ will try to answer them. You can even become and ‘expert’ in your chosen subjects.
Linking it all together
Links to this blog will go on Twitter, Facebook, LinkedIn and so publicise it. The photograph will go on Pinterest and if someone clicks on it they will be sent to this blog! This blog is also a portal to my profiles on other social networks. All you have to do is click a link in this blog to see my other social network profiles.
Why become famous?
Andy Warhol once said we would all have our ‘15 minutes of fame’ one day. This does appear to be coming true! You might not become as famous as the celebrities on television, but who wants the paparazzi following them around? I don’t want that much fame; I just want people reading my blogs! I want a voice in the world, this gives me a little power to influence what goes on. I’m not a megalomaniac or full of my own importance, but we all deserve a say what goes on in our communities, countries and the world at large. The Internet is giving us the opportunity to have our say and social media in particular is helping us find the people who will listen to what we have to say.
Ask what you can do for others, not what they can do for you
No one likes to be taken for granted and so try to reach out to others and help them where you can. Make connections with like minded people and make friends. Never treat people as if they were less than equal to you, no ones likes condescension. Try to give something, it might be information but you will be more popular if you use humour!
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