Even though I’m occasionally guilty of it myself.
So, what do I define as the humble brag? That post someone makes on a forum about how they think their writing just isn’t good enough even though they keep getting five star reviews. I mean, doesn’t everybody see the flaws in their writing?
Of course, jaded cynic that I am, I see a post like that and think, “You just wanted everyone to know that you have a bunch of five-star reviews but you didn’t want to come off as a pompous ass, so you cloaked it in a self-deprecating question to the world. Nice.”
I usually don’t judge people if they do that once or twice. But daily? It starts to annoy me.
And sometimes I don’t think people realize they’re doing it. Especially when it comes to self-publishing. So, someone will post about how they’re only getting ten sales a day and what are they doing wrong not realizing that probably half of the people reading their post get one sale a day if they’re lucky.
But often it’s a hidden way to promote themselves and the person doing it knows exactly what they’re doing.
(This same person who annoyed me today posted a week ago about whether their ideas were “too controversial.” To me, a fairly transparent way to get people talking about their book.)
My advice: Don’t do it. Especially not in a public forum.
If you have a legitimate question for others then just ask it. And try to keep your specific performance out of it.
And on a tangential subject. If you participate in forums, try not to be Eeyore.
On one of the forums I lurk there’s a user who is constantly posting things like, “Wow, that’s great that you sold that story. I wish I could sell a story. No one likes my stories. But great for you.”
Just frickin’ congratulate the person.
And on another forum there’s a poster who consistently posts about their lack of sales and how they desperately need money. In every thread possible. That might generate a few pity sales here or there, but it’s not going to lead to a long-term writing career.
That person needs to buck up and fix their writing.
Sorry. Clearly a bit cranky today. Blame it on the head cold and a puppy that hasn’t been allowed to run around for ten days now.