I have to tell you, it’s great to have the freedom to maintain your own web page, but it’s really irritating sometimes:
Just today I was updating the Artifice Academy page with the latest chapter, and somehow it had eaten all of my bookmarks so that you couldn’t link around the page, which makes reading it on you phone nearly impossible, and even reading on your computer is a hassle at that point. I had to go back in and manually add them.
Now I’ve saved the text of the html as a separate backup document, but why should that even be necessary? In order to make a professional page, you rely on others to be professional with their work. How can people set up this stuff and not prepare for something as common as a NAME tag?
That will teach me to code in anything except the raw text from now on. If you want something done right, you have to do it yourself.
Of course now I’m turning into an old hermit that hates everyone. Well here it is folks: if you want to truly self-publish and self-market, you have to be a jack-of-all-trades, and do all of the work yourself. If you can find a publisher, then all you have to do is write.
That sounds ridiculous even as I write it: writing is a tremendous amount of work! It’s just that once you get that all done, you expect to be handed some kind of reward for all that effort, even more so if you’re doing all the editing yourself, but instead you just get more work ahead of you.
In order to get the recognition you have to be about seven different people, doing all of their jobs, then maybe you’ll get recognized. Overnight success is a myth, people. Even if you do super-well and get published on your first try, there’s still all of the training that you went through just to develop the skills that got you there. Sometimes it’s a whole team of people’s skills all added together that create’s that success, and all of those people didn’t develop all those skills overnight, trust me. There’s always years of training practice, and a lot of schooling that lead to those language skills, and the more people that are involved, the more you have to have interpersonal skills and communication skills as well.
Ultimately, it takes a village, whether it’s inside your own head or an actual team of people.
What I’m really saying is “thank you” to all of you who compliment me on my work. It really keeps me going, and keeps me writing. It’s not just a compliment: it’s validation of all those hours spent training, schooling, practicing, editing, all of it.
Thank you so much for the appreciation and recognition, even if it’s just taking the time to read the stuff: that still means that it was good enough to hold your attention.