Life out there in the interweb can sometimes be a lonely business. Especially if you’re using the time promoting something; yourself, your activities, creations, business, sense of self, justification for keeping on breathing… you know the sort of thing.
Often there’s just no time to stick your head up over your keyboard/microphone/paint brushes and take a look at all the wonderful stuff that’s going on around you. I’ve know cases where the massive ego that’s driving the creative in the first place is so terrified of finding someone doing ‘their’ thing better than they are - darling, we’re all terrified of failure and everyone else is an amateur in comparison – that it won’t let it’s owner even look! ‘I have no interest in other peoples’ work, it’s just distracting.’ That’s a rubbish attitude!! Why are you even doing that thing that you’re doing if you’re not interested in what other people are doing that are doing that thing that you are doing as well? How else are you going to learn new stuff, get better, engage?? I spend as much time as I can finding new people, reading what they write and spreading the word where I can. And the old adage ‘you reap what you sew’ is proving to be true. For example, I stumbled across a lady called Heather Sawaya recently through PoetryBlogs.org She writes, she writes back. I do like a writer that responds like a real person! So go and have a look at her website Piecing Shards and check out some of her work. You can find her here as well, worth a like I say.