Networking sounds like a pain. Somehow I get this picture of dressing up in a suit and seeking out influencial people, pretending to be friendly in the hopes of getting what I want from them. I get the idea of going to boring meetings with a myriad of other self-serving individuals. I get the image of somebody going where he does not want to go and spending money that he does not have to spend...all in the name of "networking". No wonder I think networking sounds awful!
But what if, in fact, networking was not meant to be like that. What if networking was actually fun and beneficial? What if networking is what I am doing on this blog?
I have been typing out stories and pieces of things on Microsoft Word for years. What made me open a blog? To tell the truth, it is because I wanted feedback. I thought that feedback was exactly what I needed to take my writing to the next level. I wanted to find readers who could enjoy or criticize my work. I wanted to find other writers to share their own joys, struggles, and advice on writing. Essentially, I wanted to network.
If this is networking, I have a completely new concept of it. There is a community here. The ability to interact with the other writers and readers inspires me and keeps me from becoming stagnant. It is fun and, far from being a drain, it adds to joys of writing. This, perhaps, is what networking should be.
What are your thoughts on networking?