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.

Cheers
Tracy




26 comments:

  1. :) Well saided Tracy We love the way you have with words and we love the way you see things thru a lens Thank you for sharing with us....

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    1. Well thank you darlin for saying that!!!

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  2. On my way to check out your site! I can't wait!!! :)
    And I struggle with self promotion as well. Why is it that self demotion is easier? :(

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    1. I don't know why Stephanie... but if you figure you how to reverse the demotion and promotion... could you let me know! Thank you for stopping by and commenting on the site darlin! Much appreciated!

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  3. Tooting one's own horn is so embarrassing, which is why celebrities have PR agents to do this for them.

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    1. So embarrassing Stephen...anyone want to be my PR agent! LOL!!!

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  4. I have a hard time selling myself in a job interview, let alone anywhere else. I really hate having to (legally) sell myself so to speak for anything.

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    1. job interviews are the worse JDay!!! But I think you wouldn't have to do much to sell yourself sweetie! You are fantastic!!!

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  5. promotion is hard for many, which is why there's big business in getting someone to do the promo for you. maybe you'll be rolling in the money before long and you'll be able to hire a publicist to do that distasteful job for you.

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    1. Maybe I should hire you Sherlin? What do you think!!! :)

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    2. no way! you're doing awesome and i couldn't be held responsible if i messed things up for you due to my lack of experience and expertise.

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  6. It seems that it is hard, but some people go waaaaay overboard and drive us crazy! Happily, that is not you. You cannot self-promote enough, dear lady. Toot away~

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    1. Aww... thanks Sue darlin... You are such a great cheerleader for me!!! xoxo

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  7. Don't think you need to worry Tracy...your publicity machine has taken off on a journey of its own! Word of mouth will do the trick! :-)

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    1. Without a doubt there has been some unbelievably kind people out there who have been sharing my site... and I completely appreciate it!!!

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  8. Btw, I know you are a wannabe Italian, so you may be pleased to know that when I leave a comment, your page tells me "Il tuo commento è stato pubblicato." (your comment was published) How odd!

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    1. hmmm... coincidence, I think not! LOL!!!

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  9. I can really commiserate. But don't worry about overexposure, no one else on FB does. Do your beatiful thing and let us enjoy.

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  10. Thanks Chris... for all your support that you always give.... xo

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  11. You're definitely not overdoing it with the self promotion thing. I don't know anybody who's really not affected by rejection, if they're really honest about it. I love your photos, so keep promoting away girl :)

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  12. You know I think this is well overdue.
    You are amazing, your photographs are brilliant (I am completely honoured to have one in my Lounge room) and you deserve every sucess.

    As for tooting your horn, I remember a number of instances on this blog you have written about just that...or maybe it is a different tooting you were referring to.

    (If this comment makes little sense blame a combination of holiday hangover and a shocking head cold)

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  13. Oh you are so lovely darlin! Thank you so much for all your support! xoxo

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