Quick Announcement: As of today, my podcast should be on Spotify. It might need some edits over the next few days, but if you’re interested in listening and putting up with some imperfections, please give it a listen.
Hello and welcome to another conversation with Scott. The topic of this week… marketing myself. I went to college for marketing, and what I learned while I was there is that there is an infinite number of ways to get your name out there. You can use the various forms of social media, try to make a brand or product that people will learn who you are through or whatever else people can figure out. As of recent, my mentality has been to focus on improving my work and be consistent with content, but I can’t figure out if that’s actually doing anyhing for me.
Being consistent with content is great! Put work out three times a week and make sure that the content is what I want it to be. If I’m not feeling particularly interested in writing about suicide or some other depressed topic, I write about something else. I’ll write about some of my other passions and hope that something sticks. Maybe, if I’m lucky, someone will come for the completely different topic and stay because they relate to my personal writing. It’s just strange to see the lack of new views and followers.
I’m new to blogs and to tell you the truth, I think social media is a bit of a drain on society so I’m not super present there. My thought was, if I create a blog to try and get feedback on my smaller work and experiment, while pushing forward on work that has a more appropriate avenue for success (my book, business and/or games), then maybe the success of one will lead to the success of the other.
Today, I applied to an agent who seemed to say that his only reason for taking on a new client was if they had already developed a platform for themselves… and I basically did a double-take. I thought what I was doing, which is slow, organic growth through constant engagement, was the right thing to do until I found a more mainstream way to reach success, such as publishing a book. I’m just confused. I don’t really know how to take the next step in finding a broader audience. Really, it’s not too big a deal. I’m still interested in publishing a book and that’s my main goal right now, but if I don’t have enough of a following for an agent to see it as profitable, then… what next?
I thought I’d give a small update on one of my projects. I’ve been putting together a compilation of all of the shorts that I’ve been writing and now that I have 100 that I’m comfortable putting under one cover, I’ll be putting them up on the Amazon eBook store soon. I don’t have a specific timeline but it will happen whenever I get art for the cover, edit and format everything to what it needs to be. I’m excited and I hope you will be too when it comes out. I’ll keep everyone posted with updates on the projects. I know I’ve been using this as a medium to get my work out there for free, but if you really like what I make, then there are a few exclusive pieces that will only be in the book that you can read.
I’ll announce the title in coming weeks, but until then, I hope you enjoy the work that I’ve been putting up here.
P.S. – I’m the one on the right in the picture below.
First and foremost, thank you to the new followers that I’ve gotten. I don’t know how or why you followed me, but I’m just going to assume that it’s because you like the stuff I put out. I’d love to get some comments on my posts letting me know what you like and don’t. I value your opinion and really want this website to a productive way to better my own writing skills. Enough of that though – I’m writing this to talk a bit more about the cog that moves this blog. I’ll be focusing on the projects that I have going on right now and what kind of direction I’d like them to head in.
- Clearly this blog is a way to get my writing out to the public, but it’s also an archive for my stuff. I’m writing to try and help people that might suffer through the same stuff but not necessarily know how to say it or what to do to feel better. What I write stems from my own personal struggle and the thoughts that go through my head. I want to be as transparent as possible because I think authenticity is more important than a lot of other things.
- As you can likely tell by the vague project heading Book, I don’t want to go into too much detail at this moment in time, but I finished writing my second book in March. The first one that I wrote is written like shit because I was a very unseasoned writer. The idea is good so I’ll rewrite it eventually, but currently, I have my second book going through the rejection process of the traditional agent/publishing route.
- I am working with my girlfriend and a few of my college buddies to make a business that should help a college students in the future. Again, for the sake of protecting my ideas, I won’t go into too much detail, but know that this is a huge time draw for me right now.
- If you’re a super follower, then you must have noticed the Episode 1 post that I put out. I’m experimenting with podcast format and equipment to make a podcast that covers a lot of the topics that I’ll cover in this blog, but with a bit more personality since you can hear it through my voice and not a screen
- I have a few card games that I’m getting ready to throw at Kickstarter in the hopefully near future. One is fast-paced and surely has a lot of playful screaming involved, while the other is a strategic and chance based game that brings an educational and fun component.
I’ll go into more detail about all of the projects as they develop, but for now I want to just say that I have a lot of stuff cooking and I hope that you can find at least a piece of it to enjoy. If you have any questions, feel free to ask and comment. I like to keep myself busy so I’m always doing something and I’m sure that I’ll have new projects brewing soon. Now, I know you’re thinking “wow, that’s a lot. That’s never gonna happen,” but I promise you… it’ll all get done.
Hello and welcome to something very different from what I normally do. Joseph from Iskarius nominated me for this award and, although I don’t really know how or where it started, it seemed like something interesting to do. It’ll give a bit more insight into the person behind the blog. So thank you Joseph and please check out his blog.
THE OFFICIAL RULES: LIEBSTER AWARD
If you are nominated for The Liebster Award and you accept it, write a blog post about the Liebster award in which you:
- Thank the person who nominated you and post a link to their blog on your blog.
- Display the award on your blog by including it in your post and/or displaying it using a “widget” or “gadget.”
- Answer all 11 Questions about yourself, which will be provided to you by the person who nominated you.
- Provide 11 random facts about yourself.
- Nominate 5-11 blogs that you feel deserve the award, who have less than 1,000 followers.
- Create a new list of questions for the blogger to answer.
- List the rules in your post. Once you have written and published it, you have to inform the blogs that you nominated for the Liebster Award and provide a link for them to your post so that they can learn about it.
1. Why did you start blogging?
- I started blogging because my friend Isaac told me I should. I have been writing for the better part of a year and a half and I have loved every second of it. At first, it took time to share my work with anyone, but as time progressed and I became a bit more confident, I started sending it to friends and family. It didn’t take long for me to want a bigger and more diverse audience to share my work with so this was a kind of the natural progression.
2. If you were a superhero, what would be your power?
- This is a question that I’ve spent more time on than I should probably admit. I’d love the ability to bend light. I know that sounds weird but hear me out. If you could bend light, you could change how it bounces off surfaces, so I could do something as simple as turn someones shirt from green to purple, or theoretically travel at the speed of light by using the waves or maybe even make a hard light surface like a light bridge. I don’t know. Maybe I’m full of shit and none of this will work. Oh well.
3. Can you perform a magic trick?
- Yes and no. The only magic trick that I’ve ever really performed was giving a friend a deck of cards and told them to shuffle it completely ten times if they wanted to see a magic trick. When they were done I just put the cards away and went “ta da! I magically got you to shuffle cards for no reason!” It’s stupid but I had fun.
4. What are you exceptionally good at?
- Following a burning passion. I love writing, so I’ve written two books in a year in my attempts to get published. I love business, so I’m always working to push forward different business ideas. I know that if I want something to happen, I need to make it happen, so I work as hard as I can.
5. What is your favorite dish?
- Burgers. I love them. They can be simple or complex, but if you can find ingredients to compliment the meat, it can be divine.
6. How do you avoid getting into trouble?
- By telling the truth and being transparent. My whole purpose for starting to write was I needed an emotional outlet. I’d rather tell someone ten bad but honest things and work through it, instead of keeping something locked up and being forced to deal with it alone.
7. Would you try extreme sports?
- It depends on what it is. Like would I skydive? Sure. Bungee jump? Maybe, it seems like it would hurt your neck. I would try stuff that’s extreme but has a high success rate. I wouldn’t do something that ends in a lot of deaths because I value my life more than I need an adrenaline rush.
8. What are your 3 favorite books?
- I Am Legend by Richard Matheson
- 1984 by George Orwell
- The Count of Monte Cristo by Alexandre Dumas
9. What do you think we take for granted these days?
- Communication. The ability to talk to everyone has made it easy to neglect the really important relationships because you’re focusing on keeping every relationship you’ve ever had. It also creates a false sense of closeness that I believe can be really bad for anxiety and stress.
10. You are now the wealthiest person in the world. What do you do first?
- This might seem selfish, but I would retire and focus on stuff that I’m more passionate about. If I had more time in the day to focus on my books, ideas for podcasts, videos and businesses, then I might really make something that can do even more good than just money. I’m not a materialistic person so I don’t want much other than more time in the day for my passion projects and family.
11 Random facts about myself:
- Favorite color: Purple
- Favorite song: Mad World by Gary Jules
- What am I listening to right now: She by Cocainejesus
- Book that I’m going to read next: The Forever War by Joe Haldeman
- Height: 5’8″
- Favorite brand of coffee: Eight O’Clock Original blend
- Least favorite book of the past year: Brave New World by Aldous Huxley
- Biggest motivators: My girlfriend Alex and my own drive for success
- Favorite holiday: Groundhog Day, strictly because of how ridiculous it is
- Favorite season: Summer
- Favorite candy: Take 5
- What do you listen to when you read/write?
- Do you have any pets and what are they?
- Do you meditate, do yoga or anything else to really try to relax yourself?
- What is your favorite childhood television show?
- What’s your dream job?
- What inspires you to get out of bed every morning?
- What’s your favorite movie and why?
- If we could visit any planet in the solar system (and live), which would you choose to visit?
- What’s something that you find interesting about yourself that not many people know about?
- What’s the best joke that you know?
My name is Scott McKinney. I don’t know how you stumbled on this website, but I’m happy to have you here! Before we get started, let me tell you a little about myself.
I’m 22 as of this post. I graduated from Penn State Behrend with a Marketing degree in December 2018 and snagged a job in Pennsylvania as a Multi Media Sales Executive, which is a fancy way to say that I sell advertising. My favorite hobbies are writing (the whole reason for this website), spending time with my loving girlfriend, Alex, and family and just generally creating stuff. I’ve experimented with painting, creating songs and YouTube video’s under the name “Mr. Eighth Wonder”, where I’ve amounted a whopping 14 subscribers. The only song that I’ve written so far is called “My Girlfriend Thinks It’s Hot When I Rap,” which if you want to hear some cringy shit, listen to that on SoundCloud.
I hope the main reason that you’re here is because you heard about my writing. That’s my main passion and my long term writing goals are to publish a book and hopefully put a compilation of short stories on the Amazon eBook store. I also hope to become a bit of an emotional outlet for people. Life is hard and sometimes it’s even harder to put into words why it’s hard. I hope that my writing can help people with that.
Hopefully you like what I write and keep coming back for more. Not everything will be perfect and you won’t like it all, but I hope you bear with me as I try to become a better writer.