The Power of Instantaneous Feedback
Being a writer and a successful e-newsletter publisher has had some interesting repercussions that are completely understandable and at the same time somewhat unexpected. In the old days of the 20th century I would write something and know that I had to wait a minimum of 6 to 8 weeks at best for my word pearls to reach the general public and create a response. Then and now, I always hope for a positive response, although it isn't always expected nor needed to do the reporting and observational work that I do.
Now as I bridge two technical worlds of information distribution my expectations have changed. With my newsletter I get an almost instant and global response for the things that I write and the information that I post. If I write something provocative, I will get very quick replies from San Francisco, Vancouver, and Hong Kong. When Europe wakes up in the morning a flood of reactions follows from France, England, and then finally the east coast of North America, chimes in on the dialog.
What I find increasingly frustrating is the delay in the reactions to what I write for print magazines. Since I do my e-newsletter every day, my brain has been rewired to expect rapid responses which can create quick, meaningful dialogs. Today I just finished an excellent and somewhat challenging article for Publishing Executive magazine, and there won't be a response for a minimum of 6 weeks at best. The article I just wrote is about my take on the industry as I see it now, today, this minute. To wait for its print publication is increasingly becoming like reading history, my own history, but history nonetheless. I know I am writing for a reader in the near future, but for me instant responses are the preferred path now.
I ask the other many writers who read this Blog, if you have similar reactions, or is the fact that I live and work in two different technologic worlds skewing my perceptions?