According to publisher and agent blogs and recent writing conferences, the big word for writers who want to get published is spelled P-L-A-T-F-O-R-M. A writer who wants to be seriously considered for sponsorship or publication is expected to have a following of people who are interested in his or her work. The handy convenient way for them to check this is through the internet: Social networking sites are a click away and have handy numbers of "friends" or "followers." Whether these numbers actually mean anything is in question in my mind, but apparently it is important.
So, being a writer who would like to be published someday, I am supposed to build a platform for myself from which I orate and expostulate and create and share. This sounds fantastic! An intuitive difficulty, however, is that I can't share anything that I ever want to submit for publishing. If it hits the internet in its complete form, a work is generally considered to have already been published and won't get picked up. Any work that I do share, therefore, is going to be work that I don't want published, which means it's not my best work and probably won't make me as attractive to readers as I would like. I question the merit of this system, but I have no choice but to embrace it.
I HUG YOU, WRITER'S PLATFORM BECAUSE I LOVE YOU! Squeeze. -- Okay, well maybe not quite that enthusiastic of an embrace. It begins with a handshake, and a peck on the cheek, les bises. We'll see where the relationship goes from there. Right now I'm at the practicing-in-front-of-a-mirror stage, as I don't think anyone is reading this blog at this point. But I swear, platform, as soon as you manifest yourself, I'll be really good at embracing.
How I have decided to handle this situation is to write in this blog regularly, and write it for you, the reader, as opposed to myself. This is not a personal journal; I don't expect you to be interested in the daily goings-on of my life. It is my task and goal to write here what I think will interest you. My ideal situation is that you are entertained or intrigued, while I practice finding the fascinating in the ordinary. (More on finding the fascinating in the ordinary later.) Whether this blog becomes a workable platform (I'm still not exactly sure what the requirements are) or not, we will both come off better for it.