This should probably be a tweet. Actually it should be one of those tweets that’s a screenshot from the iOS Notes app. Like the kind that you do if you’re a B-list celebrity making a public apology.
I’m going to write on this site from now on. It seemed like the right time to do it. A lot of this really is just trying to put into action some of the lessons from the most recent podcast that I did and the most recent sketchnotes video that I did.
The most recent podcast episode was about Creative Confidence. The book talks about taking action a little bit early. Instead of planning and planning and planning you want to try things out and fail and learn from that quickly.
Our point? The first step toward being creative is often simply to go beyond being a passive observer and to translate thoughts into deeds. With a little creative confidence, we can spark positive action in the world. So the next time you start to say “Wouldn’t it be great if …?” just take a moment, remember John Keefe, and tell yourself, “Maybe I can finish it by the end of the day.”
I was about to plan was plan for a few weeks leading up to our 8th episode before launching. Instead I’m just going to do this soft launch, try putting content in and seeing what works.
My most recent sketchnotes video was about Austin Kleon, author of Show Your Work. I’ve been writing and posting things for a full year now. I’ve been putting it online but I haven’t been finding people to look at it. I wasn’t really showing it at all. I’m hoping this site will be the central place to show my work and get feedback on it.
I never had comments enabled on my previous sites. I’m going to go ahead and do that and see what that leads to.
I made a previous video about a conversation between Tim Ferriss and Chase Jarvis. They talk about this focusing question: what would this look like if it were easy.
They both used that question when starting their shows. Wally and I try to remember it when we make our podcast episodes. I’ve used in the past when trying to write daily.
Last year I wrote 100 posts in hundred days using a static blog engine to publish it. That started easy. As the number of posts increased it became not-easy. It also became tempting to tinker on page layouts and write code instead of writing paragraphs.
After the initial 100 posts, I moved everything to a WordPress installation to make things easier. That really helped me focus on creating posts. I took the time to make a custom theme and I had ideas for long posts requiring flexibility for different kinds of imagery and videos and custom designed sections.
Then I made none of those custom designed posts. But ran into hiccups with normal posts. There were too many times where I was trying to update my theme and trying to do custom things in WordPress without actually being a WordPress expert.
I’ve done what I could to focus on making things easy. Now I can focus on making things.