Free stuff and fresh attitudes
It’s been over a year since my last post, and a lot has happened.
I spent a good deal of time seriously considering dumping this blog. I questioned everything I had written, and wondered if I was just full of beans. Then something odd happened.
One article on the site, which is also on Linkedin, is “How to set up an effective creative session in 3 steps“. Despite the click-bait title (more on that in a moment), I really believe that the advice is valuable. But after posting it, I got no responses. Nothing. Zilch.
After that happens over and over, you start to question the value of what you’re creating. But then, months after the post, one person left me a message. it read:
“Holy crap no comment yet? This was by far the best advice I’ve ever read concerning creativity! I have the problem that I’m not even sure if I really want to create something. No matter what I do, I end up doing something less challenging and that’s why I never get to start. But this advice makes me look at it in a whole new way. Thank you sir!”
One person. Just one. but that was enough.
I realized that I encouraged one person to look at the way they had been approaching things and try it a different way. What more could I really ask for? I mean, that’s why I started writing these blog posts in the first place.
The next realization I had was that I changed the reason for writing. I was trying to build an audience, not help people. It’s a slippery slope, because with no audience you really can’t be much help, but the slight change in approach makes all the difference. That’s why my post titles have all been so bland. Standard click-bat full of numbered lists and promises of improvement.
So, I’m going to try again, but this time I’m determined to simply write about things that will actually be useful to the Functional Creatives out there. I sincerely hope you find my site, and find some of my content useful. But if not, that’s okay. I’m not going to beg for attention, I’m just do my best to offer something of value.
On that note, I’ve started a new project called Supermega, which is devoted to compiling the best of CC0 and public domain offerings from across the interwebs. I’m hoping that you find this useful as fodder for your projects. Without the need to attribute where the content originates from, you can just get to creating and produce wonderful works of whatever. Enjoy. You’re welcome.