I’ve tried this whole blogging thing for many years – since 2007, to be exact. I blogged a bit about my experience while in Tanzania; then I tried blogging about food off and on through multiple domains.
Unfortunately, I’ve spent far more hours ridden with guilt and anxiety about the blogging process and/or my lack of progress than I’ve spent actually producing. I’ve let the fear cripple me.
So when I saw Austin Kleon’s newest book Show Your Work I had it rush delivered and prepared for letting the floodgate of posting to finally be shoved open. But, not so fast… The recovery process has been more cumbersome than I’d like to admit – and not because his words didn’t punch home every time I read them, because they did. But, when I read a book and put it down, I do just that – I put it down, away, out of sight, in the background, on a bookshelf.
Pushing passed my ego, I picked up the book over the weekend. I had several more “aha” moments and started taking notes. What came of it was a sort of storyboard I could place in my studio/work space where I would be reminded of its gems on a daily basis.
For those of you struggling with similar anxieties about sharing work, I highly recommend the book. Even when my parents were visiting in April, my dad picked up the book on several occasions and finally concluded that he was going to get a copy for himself. Here are a few highlights:
Or, if you are at all interested in a creative process of your own – Steal Like an Artist is a fascinating read. He covers some of the lessons I studied in Julia Cameron’s The Artist’s Way but presents everything in digestible bits of knowledge via quotes, examples and catchy copy.
Three months ago Kleon came to South Florida to speak at Books & Books in Coral Gables. I couldn’t make it but watched the recording here. He’s personable and bright – plus, he’s from Austin, TX, which I’m a bit partial to – no doubt a great combo for a cheerleader in this whole creating, sharing and documenting process.
He’s a super rad dude, get a feel for his work and voice on his blog here: http://austinkleon.com; enjoy!