I Was Rejected Because I Didn’t Have an Online Community

I’m never going to be a successful writer

George “Ace” Acevedo
ILLUMINATION-Curated

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Photo by Mark Rohan on Unsplash

I recently tried to join a new publication.

I thought I was a good fit and wrote the kind of stories they were looking for. However, when I filled out their membership form, it asked for links to all my social media accounts. It was an attempt to see how well I would promote my stories and, more importantly, promote their publication.

This posed a problem. I gave up on social media a couple of years ago. I found too much of it either boring or confrontational, and the amount of misinformation is galling. I never closed my accounts, so they’re still there on Facebook, Instagram, and X. I do post occasionally, but we’re talking once or twice every three months, and never on X since it became Elon Musk’s rant board. I’ve also never downloaded TikTok.

I know this flies in the face of current wisdom that you have to have a large following to make money. The gurus tell me I need an email list of rabid fans, which I’ve never tried to create. They tell me engagement is crucial, yet I struggle to read all the comments on my own articles, let alone someone else’s.

The truth is that I don’t want conflict. Online trolls shouldn’t get to me, but they do, and…

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George “Ace” Acevedo
ILLUMINATION-Curated

Writer. Noisemaker. Visual Artist. Former radio guy who knows a little about a lot.