This #TenThingsToSayToAWriter contribution by author Jen Malone (Maps to the Stars) —

— was a welcome reminder for me. And a needed one, too.

Each time recently that I’ve heard a favorite podcast include a request for reviews, stars, likes, etc., it’s been at an inopportune time. But it’s also always spurred the recognition that, yes, when my hands (or at least my thumbs) are free, I should support the podcasts and books I love by helping them catch the eyes of other potential listeners and readers.

Reviews do that. And heaven knows that those of us who put things out for the public — to absorb, and to think about — love hearing that we’ve hit our mark.

I always forget, though. I mentally acknowledge that leaving positive feedback is as easy as it is appreciated, and then my mind veers elsewhere. But I’m going to try to get in the habit of doing that favor for others.

Maybe on Fridays.

Definitely on this Friday.

Right now, in fact.

How about you?