…Authors supporting other writers online… and why this ol’ Scots scribbler does it…

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…there’s an uncanny parallel that exists between the community of ants and the community of online scribblers… the incredible mutual support and encouragement to their respective members… one of the important elements (at least, important to me) that I always include when answering Q and A online interview queries regarding how to be successful on the SOSYAL NETWURKS as an Author, is to give of yerself to other Lads and Lassies of Blog Land… the friendly mention on Twitter or Facebook… the HONEST review on the Great God Amazon pages and Goodreads (but only if the review rates 4-stars or 5-stars– I feel compelled not to publish the review if I warrant it at 3-star level or below)… inviting Guest Posts, and writing Guest Posts for other blogs… being part of the fabulous global diaspora of like-minded spirits… it never fails to lift me up… but what started out as a notional means of selling my masterpieces has evolved into sum’thing much more significant for this ol’ Jurassic… sales and downloads are merely an incidental by-product of the entire effort to be Web-connected… consider this:

…do I do it hoping people will do the same back?… NO!

…do I expect others to acknowledge my support to them ?… NO!

…do I give falsely high-rated reviews?… NO!

…do I do it with crossed-fingers that these people will buy my books because of it?.. NO!

…then, yeez may ask, ‘why does he do it at all?

…I’m not clever enuff to WURK out the psychology behind it, but I know in my guts the immense pleasure that I derive from being involved online with the best bunch of folks around… it seems to me these days, Authors do not compete with each other… they simply compete with their ownselves to be the best writers they can be… and that makes a warped kind of sense to me… and coming back to the start of this piece, scientists and entomologists reckon when Doomsday comes, the most likely survivors will be the ants…

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…p’raps we quill-scrapers might get equal billing in the Survivor stakes… see yeez later… LUV YEEZ !



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35 responses to “…Authors supporting other writers online… and why this ol’ Scots scribbler does it…

  1. Reblogged this on mistybooks and commented:
    Spot on, Seumas.


  2. I agree on the ants matter. ♥

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  3. I couldn’t agree more, Seumas. So much of this is just for the love of it 🙂

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  4. Lots of truth here. Signed, another ant.

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  5. We follow each other and support each other and read each other’s blog posts and books because we LEARN so much from each other. And we make new friends. Even though I most likely will never meet you ‘in person’ (nor most of my blogging friends), my world has opened up by blogging and connecting with you and others. THANK YOU!!!

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  6. I always thought ants were fascinating. 🙂

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  7. I’ve watched ants helping each other. They’ve got the right idea. Maybe we learned something from them. Teamwork is much better than trying to go it alone. It’s great to have friends either online or in person. 🙂 — Suzanne

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  8. Rosa Ave Fènix

    Like ants work, I guess writers must help one another…and the all of you are a buch of friends which is very nice and important…

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  9. Reblogged this on Chris The Story Reading Ape's Blog and commented:

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  10. Love your philosophy on this Seumas.

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  11. You`re right, i started blogging as a “ohgodwhatdoIdo thing”, then quickly realised that it was the people I was interacting with daily that made me want to blog. Yes my career is writing and everyone else on here but its the spirit and inspiration on our blogging train that keeps me going. Okay now I`m going to get emotional, sniffs. Love you all.

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  12. Exactly. Ants rule!
    I began blogging to find a writing community and I have found it, but also so much more. The blogging world is more amazing than I ever imagined because of the people I have exchanged all kinds of subjects, not just about writing. 😀
    Another enlightening and entertaining post. 😀 😀

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  13. I think that you do it because you’re a good person and you enjoy doing it – and knowing that gives you some satisfaction in and of itself, without the external validation.

    That’s good leadership, too – doing a good thing that serves as an inspirational example others feel motivated to follow – not out of guilt or obligation (things that don’t make us feel like good people on the inside) but because we want to be a bit like you (and feel like good people all on our own, too!)

    Oh, I’m no psychologist. I was raised by one. I’m thinking that might have been what she’d have said, if she were here to say it. 🙂

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  14. Ants!!!!!!!!!!!!!!!!!!!!!! say no more.

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  15. I couldn’t have said it any better!

    Yes, I started my blog because everybody says if you are an author, you need a blog, but then I discovered what a fantastic place the blogosphere is. I’ve met so many wonderful people, and yes, I enjoy their company because they are fellow authors (well, most of them) but also because they are wonderful people. I’ve rerely found so much support anywhere and I feel like I should give back what I receive.

    Thanks so much for sharing your thoughts 🙂

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  16. Reblogged this on Writer's Treasure Chest and commented:
    Seumas Gallacher writes about authors supporting each other online and why he does it. It’s a great post and I therefore would love to share it. Enjoy the blog post!


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