Tuesday, September 11, 2012

Learning baby steps in the art of self promotion...

Have you ever met someone with the capabilities of self promotion.  They win people over with their smile, their charm, their charisma, their confidence, no matter how kooky their latest idea is?  Well that person most certainly isn't me.

I was thinking about it the other day as I launched my new website and subsequently my new facebook page.  Admittedly, I do not come across shy or self conscious, but if the truth be known, I really am. Nervous and bashful with respect to my latest endeavour, I have found that trying to sell myself is one of my biggest hurdles and fears.  I suppose it has to do with the fact that I am passionate about photography and letting others to view what I have done has made me feel a tad self conscious and for lack of a better word, raw.  I feel exposed to the possibility of rejection. And what's more is I worry about becoming a nuisance in their facebook newsfeed. 

Rejection has never been my strong point and I have never been one to let things just roll off my back easily.  An analyzer since the day I was born, I have spent countless hours in my lifetime wondering why this person did not like this or why this person did not like that and what could I have done differently.  Hours, unfortunately, I will never get back.

There is just something about self promotion that has the ability to expose you to all sorts of hurtful elements and I know that a thick skin is required to survive.  But I often wonder if my proverbial skin is thick enough.

To be honest, in my perfect world, I would just yell, "like me!  like me!  like me damnit!!!" and of course, everyone would stampede and just sign up on the crazy Tracy train without question.  But in reality, self promotion really is an art, and not being upset by rejection, is an amazing gift.

I long for the day that my flesh is thick due to strength and not the poundage that surrounds my bones.  

So, in the spirit of trying to gain a thicker skin and the ability to learn how to promote oneself, today I am sharing my facebook photography page.... YIKES!

Here is where you can find me most days:  thru her eyes photography.

I am sure tooting my horn (rather than my bum) will eventually come naturally to me. However, in the meantime, I suppose, it's just all about learning the baby steps in the art of self promotion.

Until Next Time.