By Lucien Maier
In the last year I have become part of a great group of people.
My Utah County ABATE chapter found me and decided to not let me go.
I have long had problems with social situations,
But the members of my chapter were determined to show me I belonged.
Early this spring I started to believe that, I brought my family along
and soon they had become another family.
I desperately wanted to help this new family. Prove that I was valuable to have among them.
On the first meetings I sniffed out the issues ABATE seems to have.
I found two.
- Membership, because ABATE is not a club or a gang, it takes a moment for people to understand what we are about. and mostly the required moment is not given.
- Reputation, ABATE has a reputation as being a gang or a club, This misconception stops many riders at the gate. Is misinformed as it maybe.
I set out to write a few pieces to show how incorrect these notions are.
Encouraged by good feedback I joined every ABATE group I could find.
And Posted, and posted.
Again in my own head I was really pleased. My ABATE pieces were gaining more numbers than most anything I had done before.
People generally seemed to like the pieces and the response was great.
Then the email came.
It came from a source that looks through my work here and there, and always offers brutally honest feedback. They know why I write and has been a silent fan of my works for far longer than most.
Thier worry was simple. They saw the ABATE stuff and worried I was using it to promote my own career. They knew that my intentions were good, but they also knew that I have long said I wanted my work to become popular, because of its own merit.
So coming from that source it forced me to think it through.
It was not easy, to look at much desired success and pull it apart.
and there it was. I was benefiting far more than ABATE, than them from me.
That was not an easy truth to face, but the truth does not change.
Yes my pieces have good response. But their impact for ABATE would have come from folks sharing them. Some did but far more just liked the stories. Most read the piece and said “YAH ABATE” but never shared, because they felt it would not sway their friends and family to understand.
So more and more people were exposed to my work and started to read more and my numbers crawled up. Mine, not ABATES.
I received comments about how my writing helped. But no comments on how my writing helped bring people out to ABATE. In the end there was only one conclusion to come to.
I had (as many time before in my life) overstepped my bounds. I rolled out very quickly and did not think the whole thing through.
Last week, I left all my ABATE groups. I figured I would disappear without much of a fuss. I was wrong, I have gotten many emails and personal messages asking why this all happened.
So I decided I better not just be honest with myself, but everyone.
I will leave all the pieces I did about ABATE up on my site. But I over stepped when I went out to promote them myself. I will no longer use ABATE to promote my work. I started because I was hoping to help ABATE not myself.
The pieces, the tools are still there. to use, they might work if you share them.
If you did become a fan of my work, I am super pleased and you can follow my author profile on Facebook.
Many have added my personal profile as well, and that is fine if you are looking to become friends. However if you are hoping to convince me to return to an ABATE group that will not happen. If you truly feel my work will benefit your group. Then it is super easy to share those pieces yourself.
I understand this has upset people, but I can’t stomach the idea that I used anything other than my words to gain the audience I so desperately want.
I hope you can understand, if not then at least accept.
Hope to see you all out there on the road! Ride safe!