The first line of this blog post nearly sent me into a screaming fit. Look for yourself:
“How can you justify supporting ballet when there are children dying every day from starvation, disease, and neglect?” -J. T.
Friendly fire is more accurate than enemy fire.
-Murphy’s Laws of Combat
The linked article goes on to talk about the problem of how to “Escape the Zero-Sum Ministry Priorities Game.” It’s a good article, but the first line is a great example of how the church is it’s own worst enemy at times. The dancing kids need Jesus too, and it’s difficult in different ways to make them see the need for Christ when their needs are met.
Many non-traditional ministries deal with pushback from both the church and from non-Christians. I'm dreading the day when someone at a con gives me a hard time about writing a Christian sci-fi at a convention. It hasn't happened to me yet, which is a good sign. Yet it is likely inevitable because new things are usually resisted.
How do we avoid the pushback?
Well, there’s no avoiding it. Pushback is a sign you're doing something right. Any missionary pisses off the devil. Every ministry is a crucible. You are the front lines. You are where the heavy fighting happens for the Gospel. Moreover, the further you go, the harder the pushback. That’s what it means to spearhead a foothold. Likely resistance from an otaku will take one of these forms.
Word of mouth advertising is a powerful tool, but it can also be destructive. There is little control you have over this. The internet has exacerbated this, and can make or break a brand quickly. It’s advant has allowed everyone a voice. The best thing you can do is to find prominent geeks with 1000+ followers on Facebook, twitter, or tumblr, typically cosplayers, and get them to promote you in some fashion. Encourage people to comment on Amazon if you’re using that as a distribution platform.
Keep in mind that this community is driven by commerce, primarily in the art realm. So every sale is a step closer to having a robust audience. Compare it to a new church meeting in a gym at a school, every new attender is meaningful.
Lastly, on rare occasions someone will mock your work. It’s highly impolite, and other otakus frown on it. Usually after it happens either a neighbor artist or an attendee will point out the person was a jerk. Remember to be graceful to the rude idiot, Jesus loves them as well. In fact, if you can win this person over they’ll likely become a long term customer. Remember your goal is to get numerous people who will listen to what you say about Christ, in such a way that you retain their audienceship. Because they enjoy what you make, regardless of their previous personal experiences with ignorance, bad theology, or illogical disdain for their geekery. Therefore you must have a core audience, and the best way to achieve one in this community is the convention scene.
Next Week: Stories of Geeky Success Part 1
Ian is a self proclaimed “Ninja with a Pen,” with a penchant for dark humor and nerdy jokes only .0001% population finds rib shattering. His obsession of the month is making a simultaneous extrusion 3d Printer from legos, hot glue guns, and neck beard level determination. He has a 1st degree black belt and a degree in creative character killing (read: writing). The style and location of the dojo is classified for your safety.
Incidentally, he’s also sci-fi writer, his first book is on Amazon and Kindle
The World is a Foothold
And the Facebook for his series is
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