Showing my Work
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In the picture: how my work would have looked like with no internet.
I read Austin Kleon's book titled Show Your Work. He talks about sharing something small from my work every day. If you've been around, you know that I blogged every day in May 2018, but it wasn't with the same lens. It was a different thing. I'd like to experiment for a little while with sharing here what I'm working on, and show here every day something that inspired my work, or something interesting I stumbled upon while doing research, those kinds of things. I'm interested in a lot of things but I will try to keep it focused. It'll be Monday to Friday because I need the weekends to recuperate. I'll keep the posts short, but I'll try to put in once a week a longer one, something like the posts I'm used to doing. That would probably be on Tuesdays, but we'll see.
I have no illusions. Kleon wrote, in 2014, about how sharing your work online can help you find your audience. It may have been true in 2014 but today everyone has a website and we're back to square one in terms of how to get "found". Besides, I'm dreadful at marketing and, what's worse, I don't really want to learn how to do it. I want to learn a lot of things (first on my list: how to play the cello), but marketing strategies just aren't on the list. So I'm not doing this as a marketing attempt at getting noticed.
So why am I doing this? I think that sharing my work will be good for me. Right now, I'm working with no deadline; no end product, as it were. Because I don't have an agent or a publisher waiting for my book (yet), or a substantial readership, it sort of feels, in the words of Neil Gaiman and Terry Pratchett, like "flicking bread pellets into a black hole." Basically, it's a chronicle of my work that I would like to be out here, on the interwebs, you know. Just in case.
Here's the thing. A post every day is a lot. For those of you who get emails for every post, I would understand if a post a day is too much for your inbox and you need to unsubscribe. But if you'd like to take this opportunity and come on this journey with me, here's your chance. If you want to respond to my little posts if they inspire a response of any kind, I would love to know. You can share your response with me (through email or the little chat button), or online on your own blog (and send me the link!). You don't have to share the response if you don't want to, of course, but I would love to know if something made you think or click a link.
That's the plan for now, but it's very experimental so come play with me :)
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