♫ Getting To Know All About You…♪
By Jim Kuiken
Whenever you first start a venture, whether it be business, political action, recreational team or event, or whatever floats your boat (small nod to my last post…), you almost always start out with a buddy or small group of friends. You know them and they know you. You’re comfortable with each other and trust each other.
If you’re lucky (and work hard), it may grow past your small group of immediate friends, colleagues and family, and then you start incorporating a larger group of folks – many who don’t really know you, and you may not really know them.
When I first started dabbling in writing over 20 years ago, I shared my writing with family and friends. Mainly, I wrote because I had something in my head that I had to get out and on paper (the Bekker story, which has since turned into a series of 10 books, comprised of two 5 book min-series).
After I retired from both the Marines and federal service (law enforcement), and my follow-on business and political ventures, I started writing full time. It was just a logical progression, and actually started out as “well, now that I’m retired, I have plenty of time on my hands”. Yeah, right. Little did I know…
Writing this series of books, as well as my weekly blog and other articles made me start looking past my small circle of friends and family, and out to the larger world of readers. I wanted to share the story with lots of folks, because it touches a lot of folks out there.
Of course, once you start looking – as a serious writer – towards spreading the word about your stories, then you have to start looking into the business of writing, marketing and publishing. Here we go again…remember that bit about “plenty of time on my hands”? Not so much.
I was lucky enough to find a great mentor – Clint Goodwin, and a great social media expert and partner – Scott Attenborough, and together, we started growing that circle of friends and family into a larger group of followers and contacts…as well as them incessantly (and mercilessly) bugging (pushing? hounding?) me to keep my head down and write to get these books out…which I deeply appreciate.
Now, we have a reach of almost 5,000 followers (growing every day), with over 2,000 more direct contacts we can reach out to. Not quite the small group we started with… (by the way, if you’re interested in how we did that, drop me a line!)
That’s all interesting Kuiken, but what’s your point – or are you just rambling again? Nope, even my ramblings usually turn out to have a point, even if we have to go the long way around the barn to get there.
My point is that a couple of my nephews made some comments about the writing, and how they really liked it because it helped them understand me (and for them, our family) a bit better, and gave them a historical perspective.
Not so coincidentally, I’ve had a growing number of folks also asking about where these stories, articles and posts come from, and looking to get to know me a bit better – how I think and why I express the opinions and outlook (which I admit might not be those that most folks would think that I would have, based on my history and background) that I do.
It’s like meeting a whole new group of friends, and getting to know each other! I love meeting new friends!
So, based on the numerous (and growing) number of questions and comments, I’ll be putting out a series of blog posts about various facets of my philosophy and background so that folks can get to know me (and by extension – Bekker). As with any conversation, I’d love it to be a two-way conversation…so don’t hesitate to make comments on the post (via website, Facebook, LinkedIn, Goodreads, Twitter, or anywhere else you see it) or send me an email!
Looking forward to talking with you soon, and getting to know each other better!