Why Slow and Steady Wins the Race in Social Media

A lot of the times, new business pop up and their owners are so excited about this new venture that they think they need to see quick growth on social media. This mindset may lead them to make some rash decisions such as buying followers or spending too much on ads. And it may look impressive to investors to have gained over 1,000 followers in under a month, but savvy investors know there's more to it than that. And the day-to-day consumer probably won't even pay attention.

Let's get this out of the way right at the front: Do not buy followers. No one knows for sure, but it's estimated that about 15% of social media accounts are bots. That's 15% of about 3 billion. So, if you had every bot on Twitter following you, it would bring your follower count up to about 450 million. Sounds impressive, right? It does right up until you realize that bots aren't buying your products or telling any real people about you. You could make the case that the high number of foll…

Star Trek: Asterisk "Indefinite Hiatus"

It's come to this.

Part of the appeal of the future Earth utopian ideal of Star Trek is that you don't need money in order to survive in Federation territory. Unfortunately, we're not there yet.

When I started Star Trek: Asterisk I was in a good place, starting a good job, had money in the bank (as it were), and an active social life. Recent events, however, have lead what I consider to be an important display of my talents to becoming financially unsustainable. My hours have been cut back at the job that pays me, and being stuck to within a three mile radius of my home because my only mode of transport is a bicycle is no longer acceptable. In short: the latinum bank has run dry. I need to make more money.

In light of this, I've had to consider quitting the weekly podcast and reviews. I would gladly continue to do them for free if I could, but Quark's bar doesn't sustain itself on morality tales and the hopes for a glorious future, and neither can I. I have kept Star Trek: Asterisk going despite having to make some tough decisions in favor of it, but now it's a matter of my financial well-being. In the coming days and/or weeks, you'll see the reviews for the last three episodes I watched pop up on the site as I find the time to write them, but after that, I will go on an indefinite hiatus until such time as I'm able to support what has been one of the things I've most looked forward to in the past couple of years (has it been that long??). Until then, there's simply not enough time in the day for me to make a livable wage and watch Star Trek at the same time.

If you feel moved to help me out, there is a Donations button on the top menu of this site. Or, if you prefer to get something in exchange for your money, you can buy a copy of my short story, "Dark Matter," and spread the word about how awesome it is. If these become regular things and I can make $250 a week from donations and ebook sales, then we're back in business! But I can't wait around for that when I have bills to pay.

Thank you so much to everyone who has been supportive of this effort. I remind these people that I will continue as soon as I can, and this is a promise that I do not take lightly. Now, if you'll excuse me, I have some bootstraps to pull.