Typically this time of year, folks think about being thankful for being successful, healthy, having good friends and family – or a job.
No one ever wants to focus on the bad stuff, and yet, those horrid moments that gave you major heartburn can be some of the finest learning moments of your life – and can save you a lot of heartache in the future. This is especially true about tough marketing lessons.
Top three tough lessons of 2009 authors should be thankful for:
- Bad reviews. Never forget that sometimes, reviewers are just not that into you.
- Trolls. Some people get stupid, idiotic, mean and vicious when they don’t like something you say online. Even the nicest person can turn into a troll and make your online life hell. Have a policy for dealing with trolls on your own site, and force yourself to ignore their chatter on other sites (which works, for the most part). Be sure NOT to become a troll on a blog or site that didn’t like your work.
- Social media overload. As stated over and over again throughout this blog, you MUST be a good manager of time. Find the right networks for your audience and work them – but don’t let them work you. Word smart, not hard.
This list could go on and on, but these are the three major areas authors can really be thankful for lessons. Once you’ve been burned, you never forget the right and wrong steps it took to correct. What bad stuff happened to you this year that you learned from – and are thankful for that lesson?
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