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Finding An Audience

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“Words, once they are printed, have a life of their own.” – Carol Burnett

In last week’s ‘Wednesday Post’ I talked about the ideas expressed by Austin Kleon regarding sharing your work and the processes behind it, as a way of developing your creativity.

I have always believed that to be a writer you must be prepared to share your writing with an audience. The joy of living in a digital world means that doing this is relatively easy. The main audience for my flash fiction are the readers of my blog. I have also experimented with finding other audiences.


SlideShare is a way of creating and sharing powerpoint presentations. In their ‘blurb’ they talk about –

“80% of SlideShare’s 70 million visitors come through targeted search. This can help you build your reputation with the right audience and cultivate more professional opportunities.”

Two years ago I had an idea to put some very, very short stories into a powerpoint and upload it to SlideShare. These stories were exactly 33 words long and there were ten of them in total. Here is one of them:

Dear Tooth Fairy

These teeth aren’t all mine. Three of them belong to my baby brother, Jimmy. He cried a bit when I pulled them out but he’s much better now.



It has had 4,441 views and has been downloaded 95 times.

Haiku Deck

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Haiku Deck is a great tool for helping you to create your presentations. It gives you access to thousands of creative common photos to use in your presentations. All the ones I put up on SlideShare started out as Haiku Deck presentations. Here is one containing some of my ‘Twitter Stories’.

What audience are you writing for?

Mike Jackson



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