So I finished the book my previous blog post: Show Your Work! by Austin Kleon. It’s a quick read, but there are a lot of ideas to unpack in this little book.
There’s a concept in this book that I actually initially struggled with when putting my work and thoughts online: to always question your online offerings with a “So What?” I’ve never found my thoughts, ideas so far as groundbreaking or out of the ordinary ENOUGH to warrant housing them somewhere on the internet (other than my portfolio website of course, which is full of work I’m proud of), so why push them out for the world to see? I eventually realized that this was limiting my creativity and thought processes; if you don’t get your work out there, even unfinished, there’s no way to discuss it and get better. And a blog easily allows you to reflect and see where you came from.
This concept, something that should have stuck with me from school and made so much sense in the classroom did not translate to online presence for me, and I’m guessing it’s because there’s so much finished work and talented, experienced people on the internet that most (or at least I) can’t help but feel small and unimportant sometimes. “Yelling into the void,” as it were. But hey, I have to look at this as “carving my space out” on the internet, another concept Austin discusses in this book.
I may add to this post as I consider the book further. It’s definitely worth a read!