Tom,

For what it’s worth: I’m a prize winning author and journalist. It would be fair to say I know how to pen a piece. I produce up to three or four a day, and I could care LESS about curation. I cannot live or die by that, or else I’ll expire faster than covid can do the job. What I do is produce the best quality, most thoughtful content I can based on my skill sets (in corporate training, etc) and life skills. On RARE occasions those pieces get curated. I don’t care. I work on quality material. I have learned to trust that those pieces will see the light of day, or else they are simply excellent practice in our getting better. The virus issue has caused a great many folks to make very different choices around curation. To wit: High profile pubs that once took in my stuff don’t any more. Then when I look at what they do publish, I just shake my head. Some of it is enough to make me laugh out loud. You can’t take it personally, nor can you feel like a failure. What you can do is read the zeitgeist. What are the trends? Where can you help? How can you tag, link and support other writers which brings attention to your work? We get what we give. If all we do is write and hope, that’s like hibernating in our cave and roaring hoping someone will hear us. Engagement works.

Horizon Huntress, prize-winning author, adventure traveler, boundary-pusher, wilder, veteran, aging vibrantly. I own my sh*t. Let’s play!

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