This month’s IWSG (Insecure Writers Support Group) post has been pecking my mind from quite some time. It was a case of to write about it or not. Finally, I decided to make it this month’s topic.
IWSG is an online group that posts on the first Wednesday of every month. This awesome and inspiring group was started by Alex Cavanaugh – Author of Amazon bestsellers: CassaStar, CassaStorm, CassaFire and Dragon of the Stars. Alex is better known as Ninja Captain in blogland. IWSG is a writers’ hangout where we talk of our writing worries, fears, doubts, insecurities and anxieties and help, support, advice and encourage each other. Check the IWSG website for awesome writing tips.
Today I am going to talk of how some writers make a nuisance of themselves. This is one of my biggest worries. I hope I don’t make a nuisance of myself. I have noticed that whenever I get a friend request from an unknown writer on FB, it’s just to further his or her cause. There is no interest whatsoever to get to know me as a person. The moment I accept the request, seeing that we have 10 maybe 15 common friends, I am immediately invited to like their Author Page or Book Page.
The same thing happens on Twitter. If I follow the writer who has started following me, I immediately get a Direct Message with links to their FB pages, free downloads of their books, requests to review their books on many sites, etc.
I sometimes feel that a few of us writers take this building a platform thing too seriously to the point of making a nuisance of ourselves. Imagine meeting a stranger on the road who wants to come home for tea. I am sure none of us would invite them. But if we were to meet a friend we would definitely invite them home or even drag them home for tea/coffee.
I look forward to hosting my blog buddies on my blog, doing their book reviews, tweeting about their book releases, but doing all this for a complete stranger doesn’t make much sense to me.
None of these writers are interested in getting to know other writers. They just want a large number of friends and followers. I just accepted a friend request yesterday from a author who has started tagging me in his statuses with atleast 100 other writers. I think it’s time for him to be unfriended because he is genuinely making a nuisance of himself. He will be the first one to last just 48 hours.
What do you think of such clingy writers who are hell bent on making a complete nuisance of themselves?