I do not like numbers.
Although simplistic, it's pretty much my life's philosophy. I'm the person who balks at budgets, doesn't bother looking at my bank statement, and feels physically sick when asked to fill out a form that requires anything more than my Social Insurance Number. Even in elementary school I gravitated to the humanities, but hated arithmetic.
It makes perfect sense, then, that I love writing. I thrive on finding just the right turn of phrase; manipulating and man-handling words to get just the right effect. Thankfully, the ART of writing has nothing to do with numbers.
But, alas, the ironic truth is that beyond the ART, this writing gig is inundated with numbers. Take social media, for instance. Likes, followers, friends and fans are tallied up like calories. How many people are on your email mailing list? How many hits did you get on your latest blog post? What are your stats like for your website? How many reviews do you have on amazon? What's your book's rank?
Argh! Even reader opinions are numbered! Gathering reviews is one thing but what's the average number of stars?
So much of what we do as writers comes down to a numbers game.
I suppose it's a good thing to a degree. I just finished gathering up all my files from 2014 in preparation for doing my income tax. My income on book sales and royalties was a number I was pleased with. Unfortunately, I spent some money foolishly on advertising which didn't exactly pay for itself, so I ended up with a deficit. Live and learn.
In the mean time I'm trying to reach 300 on my blog followers list. if you haven;t already, click the follow button on the sidebar! Thanks!