Hi, guys, sorry about the silly title, but I wanted to get your feedback on something that has been bothering me a lot. Basically, how do you get the word out about your projects, be it articles, a book, a game that you wrote, a YouTube video, a podcast--whatever you are working on that you want to share with other people. I know that there are many people in this boat--you have the passion to create, but want to know how to spread the word to other folks who may enjoy and share that passion. A lot of us have poured money and ungodly amounts of time into this stuff, and it's hurtful to see others put us down just for trying to spread the word.
Assuming you don't have a big budget to advertise or what not, and need to rely on word of mouth--how can you go about that in an inoffensive, ethical way? Is it okay, for instance, to plug your work in a forum post? Is it okay to try to get it picked up on major blogs? Is it okay to mention your work in related projects, such as YouTube videos or podcasts? Where do you draw the line?
I know people use the phrase "shameless self promotion" quite a bit, but I'm wondering what is so shameless about it. Or when should it be shameful? Personally, I hate being besieged by ads for stuff that has no relation to the topic at hand, such as Viagra. However, I am eager to learn what my friends and people like me are up to. I don't want someone working on a homebrew remake of Legacy of the Ancients to feel afraid to tell me about it for fear I may consider it spam. I'd rather hear about it and then get to decide for MYSELF to check it out, rather than having that decision made for me by someone else.
I'm not sure this is the best forum to discuss this topic, but I figured Shane and some of the rest of you have had to deal with this issue at some point. I'd love to hear your point of view. Thanks,