Several readers have commented that I link to a lot of things. First thanks for reading and emailing me. I’ve enjoyed our conversations.
It’s true, I take in a lot of info on the web and I love connecting people to ideas that might help them. Like I love it a lot. I can be a bit much with it, actually.
This issue I am going to try an experiment. Just one link. This will force me to write more, my own words and not reactions to the things I am coming across.
Here’s the deal.
Not too long ago the prevailing wisdom was that you’d create a lot of content (blog posts, podcasts, newsletter issues, songs, unboxing videos, whatever the hell tiktok’s are, etc) and over time, build that audience of ten thousand true fans who would support your work with their attention.
Now, since everything is free on YouTube and other places, the prevailing wisdom is to curate and comment on what’s already out there. And over time, build that audience of ten thousand true fans who would support your work with their attention.
Both these ways of building an audience are coming from a good place. Help others, and they’ll help you. Everyone gets something of value in return.
Maybe I’m trying to circumvent the system. Maybe I’m lazy. But what I really want out of this newsletter is conversations and connections. I bought into the “curate and comment” technique. I thought that there are so many ideas and people out there, if I can help connect them and have discussions I’d be thrilled. Also I’d like to not give any of my limited attention to monetization or my brand. Ick.
Sure I can help you build low cost websites and services, or teach you about Design Thinking, or Agile. Tell you stories of Game Development. How trying Improv has made me a better person. Not a funnier person, but just better all-around. Want to learn how to draw ideas? I have tips and resources for that. etc.
But I really just want to know what’s holding you back from making things? Maybe it’s in the same ballpark as what’s holding me back. Then we can have a really good conversation by the campfire that this damn thing is intended to be.
I’m having a lot of trouble creating things these days. I’m kinda just noodling over the same things. I’ve changed the design of my website a bunch of times. That doesn’t really matter at all. I haven’t written many posts, our picked up the bass guitar much. Or progressed my drawing practices. Or started digital painting for a hobby as I thought of doing frequently.
Maybe it’s what’s happening out there in the world right now. Yes, and it’s my own internal reactions to these things.
How are you managing your creative work right now?
As I start writing this part I am not sure what the one link will be. The email service I’m thinking of switching to? One of the many tabs I have open in my browser? One of the free courses I am sort-of half taking? How about one of the (I don’t even know how many) books I am kinda, but not really reading? The drafted post I have about how tech friendly people should stop writing and reading articles on tools, but write and read ones on process instead. One of the things I am most worried about? Yeah let’s go with that for fun.
My son is 14 and loves video games. He plays them often and watches a lot of gaming related content on youtube. I can’t possibly monitor everything he hears in these places. I know that games can be very fun and bring people together. I also know that the parts of the gaming culture are absolute shit shows. GamerGate, and alt right radicalization are all intertwined. It’s real and happening right now.
My son is warm and caring, and like me, he internalizes a lot before speaking. I’m talking to him a lot about these things, trying to understand his mindset.
This guide is something I am rereading and processing through. I tend not to like to tell people what to do, but if you are a parent of white male teenagers, you should give this guide a read.
My family knows that no one group of people should be treated differently or are less than others simply because they look a certain way, or come from a certain place or identify differently than we do. And I can’t go back and really fix the mistakes I’ve made, I can just try to help my son not make the same ones I have. But there is a deliberate recruiting of young people happening in America (and across the world) that hopes to have them think differently. To have them hold hate in their hearts, and incite them to violence. Fuck that. This is the only life and world we have. It’s beautiful and full of different kinds of people. That should be celebrated and cared for, not rallied against.
Damn, this issue came out much more heavy than I thought it would. Next time to keep it light, maybe I’ll write about “Ten dad and poop joke mashups, you won’t believe number 5!”.
Thanks for reading.