To be a Taoist means many things to many people. To be a practitioner of Contemporary Taoism simply means to have realised that we are all minute parts of an indescribably large Whole (the Tao), and to choose therefore to 'Flow Like Water' and live in a spontaneous, natural manner. This blog is about: Personal Growth / Spiritual Development as guided by the principles of Eastern Philosophy, particularly modern philosophical Taoism; Developing constructive habits and achieving success with minimal effort; Meditation - Taoist, Zen or otherwise. See 'What In Lao Tzu's Name is a Contemporary Taoist?'

Tuesday, January 31, 2006

Tao of Internet Possibilities.

Today I am grinding through an assignment for the online university course I have started this year. It is a BA (internet studies) and I am so far finding it both challenging and rewarding.

I find the potential that the internet/www offers us all amazing. For example, I have written a book, it combines many 'genres' (or rather, subjects), one of them being Taoism. Now, I intend to get it published and out into the marketplace, one way or another. This of course, has been made so much easier by the internet; it is common knowledge that if one cannot get a 'reputable' publisher interested (which hopefully I will) then one can inexpensively self-publish, and also sell direct to internet users all over the world through Amazon, lulu, etc etc.

But the question remains - how to reach an interested audience?

Well, in preparation I have been making a mental list of ways to market my book (or music, or special Taoist meditation socks, it doesn't matter what) and there really are so many ways. Little ways. For example, I was just flicking through the results for the word 'Taoism' in the Yahoo directory of Discussion Boards - there are a lot of people out there talking about the Tao! Now, I like adding my two cents worth here and there, and in doing so viola! I spark (some) interest in who I am and what I have to offer, and some people (some, NOT all) will follow my link, and some (NOT all) will read/purchase/download/listen/look etc what I have to offer. I believe this is sometimes called micro-marketing or narrow-casting (but I am not that up on marketing-speak so this could be wrong). Anyway, I already do this from time to time to attract traffic to my websites, and it definitely works.

Suffice to say, I am very excited about my little supernatural thriller. It features a Taoist hero with the ability to turn invisible, fly, and shoot chi out his palms - who wouldn't get excited about that? ;)

Yeah Baby! I am totally looking forward to 'getting it out there' into the hands of the reading public!

But now I must get back to work on my assignment.

Flow Like Water...


Blogger Bluestar said...

Hi, My name is Laura and I have a "Tao of Internet" blog.( If you want to give a visit, go ahead. Ah I found yours because I searched "taoism blogs" and yours is cited first. Although I found one another "A Personal Tao" yesterday. Now I am searching for more people who are thinking like me. Great blog! Laura

6:23 am

Anonymous Anonymous said...

Looks good.

6:50 pm


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