Please don't tell ME you think I'm wonderful. Instead, tell your five hundred closest friends.
July 7, 2012 9:16 AM Subscribe
How can I get people to stop gushing at me and instead promote me?
I have a few websites. Some of them have been around for years. I have had publishing house founders, self made millionaires, published authors and other incredibly brilliant, talented people gush at me personally about how wonderful I am, how wonderful my writing is, and how wonderful the contents of some of my sites are. But no one will get on twitter or their blog or some forum they belong to and tell other people about my wonderful writing. They all want a personal relationship to me as an individual and they want me to do all the giving and get nothing in return. There have been exceptions and I apologize to anyone reading this who has done anything for me, like donate to the site or gift me a metafilter account, but the support is very few and far between compared to the people who gush at me like I am the greatest thing since sliced bread and then spit in my face and tell me my websites have zero commercial value, cannot be monetized, and so forth.
I need to solve this. There is demand for the info. The websites grew out of existing demand or would not exist. My medical condition precludes making a regular job work and I think this is the most valuable thing I can offer the world. This is my life's work and has benefitted people for years and mostly bled me financially for domain names, web hosting, etc. I am homeless, jobless, deeply in debt and trying to declare bankruptcy. So I have been trying to figure out how to get more traffic and have had very modest success, but it falls far short of what I need. I thought I had more time but $4000 I did not have was sucked out of my bank account yesterday. My bank balance is suddenly deeply in the negative numbers. So the shit has really hit the fan and I have to solve this. How do I turn all this "gosh, you are so adorable, gush gush" response into website traffic and, from there, money?
This shouldn't be this hard. What am I doing wrong that I cannot capitalize on this situation?
Thanks in advance for any feedback. Please spare me pats on the head. I don't need that. I need solutions.