The Surefire Method to Repel Connections and Make People Mad at You

i-cant-see-you-la-la-la-la-laIgnore them.

When they leave a comment on the blog, read it, maybe, but don’t respond.

If they ask a question on social media or by email, ignore it.

Don’t offer new information, say, by posting to your blog or updating your website.

Instead, disappear for weeks at a time.

If you want to compete in the business of being an author in 2016 you had better be approachable and responsive.

Or someone who is will take your readers.

And their money.

5 thoughts on “The Surefire Method to Repel Connections and Make People Mad at You

  1. Well first of all, thank you. I don’t feel great, but I won’t argue the point.

    Yes, I say no no no all day long.

    Every time I want to say yes to something I ask myself which project I’m already working on should be put on hold or dropped entirely to make room for this.

    We all think we can magically expand our day, or as a clown I once worked for said “If you work faster, you can get more done in less time” as if he’d discovered gravity or something.

    You have the same number of minutes in the day as anyone else, and you have the same physical, mental, and emotional limits as anyone else.

    The difference between the folks who ship ship ship and those who dream dream dream is, in large part, saying no no no.

  2. Joel! Ohmygawwwd, and you know what, this is anything but Just the writing business! What you’re saying is Exactly what I’ve been going through for at least several months with people in various business ventures that are necessarily involved in a public project I’m working on — in fact, more than just this project, but other things in my life as well (which means, obviously, that it’s far from only me) — I mean, things like getting the ceiling upholstery replaced in my car?? Everyone in town, and there were about four, went out of business, and this appears to be the sole one left in Santa Barbara — and the guy(s) are all proper and friendly and attentive over the phone or while assessing the car in person, then they Do Not Ever Call Back or, like the people/businesses who need to be on tap for the other project, they merely DON’T COMMUNICATE!! It’s totally up to me to be the bloody greasy wheel. As though I, or the next guy like me, is a captive audience and has nowhere else to go. WHAT GIVES?? I feel like people are walking dead, Everywhere. I’d Love to take my business and money elsewhere, but I have to work HERE…

    It’s scary and it’s most definitely something like a “sign” of preoccupation with something Other than what folks say they are doing. This is not just business, I find it with some acquaintances, as well.

    Okay, this was a nice little typhoon on a Monday morning in your Comments Section. But insofar as it’s possible I understand what you’re saying here (?), this is how I feel about it myself and it’s all over the place… take care, buddy.

    1. I hate hate HATE being stuck with a monopoly. They have no reason to care, and they never do.

      Not a fan of cutting off my nose to spite my face, but I’ll go way out of my way to avoid a vendor who’s offensive and uncaring.

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