My book designer, Cathy Helms of Avalon Graphics posted an interesting saying this morning:
“He who builds according to everyone’s advice will have a crooked house.” Proverb
It's a bit of advice I need to absorb while I grumble at the growing tendency of everyone on the internet to hand out unsolicited advice.
A comment I made on a status within a group appeared as a posting of its own and engendered a bunch of comments from people who didn't have the slightest idea of what I was talking about. In what I assumed was a private conversation, and in response to a continuing discussion, I said I didn't know where someone who wanted to write about pond scum (the algae-variety, not your run-of-the-mill con artist) could find an audience for his work.
The comment immediately brought a bunch of recommendations from strangers about how to build my audience:
It's all good advice for an internet novice, I suppose, but the effect is not so great for an established author, especially when these comments crop up in my timeline.
Back in the good old days, my mother used to warn me to think before I spoke. It might still be good advice for those who are about to post.