I have a wonderful little resource to suggest to anyone working creatively who’s wondering “How do I get my stuff out there and get noticed?”. I am in love with this inspiring — yet also just chock-a-block full of practical tips — book:
Show Your Work! 10 Ways to Share Your Creativity and Get Discovered by Austin Kleon
I have never underlined and starred and exclamation-pointed (new word?) a book so much in my life. I could share a tip or two with you, but just go get the darn thing! It’s not expensive; it’s super fun to read; and it will give you some fresh ideas about how to share what you love to do (and benefit from that sharing).
Okaayyyyy, twist my arm… here’s one tip [p.67]: “If you get one thing out of this book make it this: Go register a domain name. Buy www. [insertyournamehere] .com”
OF COURSE, I like that suggestion. Setting up bethbehrendt.com was one of the very first things I did when I decided to go all out on writing. And nobody else told me to do it, and I wasn’t really sure why I did it, and I’m still not really sure what I’m doing with it…. But it’s mine. And as Austin writes, “Don’t think of your website as a self-promotion machine, think of it as a self-invention machine. Online, you can become the person you really want to be….Whether people show up or they don’t, you’re out there, doing your thing, ready whenever they are.”
I am ready whenever you are.