Too little, and too much, self-promotion

Manu frames his feelings so well:

Every time I need to do something that is marketing-related, I can feel the tension in my brain as if a part of me is trying to fight against it.

My discomfort goes a step beyond this. When I actually do get a Ko-Fi donation notification, I feel like guilt, shame and imposter syndrome made a stew in my inbox. There is no reason for me to feel this way. It passes and I then feel appreciated and supported, but damn if that first moment isn’t a bitch every single time.

There is some verbiage, that I don’t use myself in my small self promotion mention in my About page, that I see and sometimes consider importing. If you enjoy reading XYZ, and you’re able to make a donation to support.” It’s subtle and I go back and forth on if it is something people truly would pick up on, the difference between like to/want to” and are able to”. Some readers may want to and aren’t in a financial position to do so.

My current self promo plug still uses want to. Sometime in the next couple of weeks I’ll decide to leave it as is and try to stop overthinking it, or I’ll update it and you’ll know it resolved that way in my brain.

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2024 Apr·25

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