How are you being seen as a creator? This could be important to you later.
I’m not very active on Twitter or Facebook. There are a lot of things that I have to do during my day, so I don’t give in to the time sink that is looking at cat pictures/videos or whatever meme of the day is. I don’t have time to partake in a lot of online discussions of 140 characters or less.
When I do make a post, though, or when I do engage in conversation, I make sure that I’m not cranky-sounding or overly negative. I try not to complain too much about the things going on in my life, professionally or privately, because I don’t know exactly how visible I am. (Visible enough to continue to get work, but I don’t know how far that reach is.)
Why is this?
I want people to work with me.
Sure, I’ve got some talent, and I’m always trying to hone it. However, since I don’t have the ability (or interest) to draw well, I have to rely on others to help me tell my stories. Few people want to work with someone who has problems being happy. If all I had to say was doom and gloom on social media, who’d want to work with me?
My business partner and ComixTribe publisher, Tyler James, watches creators and how they interact with people. (I have no idea where he finds the time.) Several creators have offered to either do work for CT or have provided submissions, and Tyler passed on them, besides the usual reasons given (their work still wasn’t at a publishable level): simply put, they were grumpy Gus’s.
The only thing some creators continually put out in their feeds were negativity. If they weren’t complaining about this or that, then they were looking for sympathy for the hell that their life is/was. Tyler’s advice was simple: cut the negative crap, and at least online, fake it until you make it.
Negativity won’t get you far. Over at The Proving Grounds, I generally rip into a writer commensurate with the amount of effort they put in. I wouldn’t call myself negative, but when I am, it isn’t without purpose. I’m not just bitching. (I have strong feelings about the simplest things I feel a writer should know about, such as capitalization and the use of periods.) However, while I’m ripping into them, I’m also doing it with a sense of humor.
How you’re seen as a creator will be important to your career. You need to take what you’re projecting to the world in hand now, in order to become what you wish in the future.
Something to keep in mind.