Taking the pressure off

Jan. 26, 2018

Spent a good chunk of time at the gym today, not all of it taking pictures. 

The past two days, as I worked on things other than being creative (trying to fix my parent’s computer, going to the gym to do physical therapy and to run, work), I’ve thought about this blog and my creative process. I did a few creative things yesterday, but nothing I felt like posting about on this blog. I could say the same thing about today. I got a late start this morning, then spent an hour and a half at the gym (there was a lot of wasting time, I need to work on that), and headed to work.

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Don’t break the chain. (Thanks Austin Kleon.)

And I felt bad that I not only hadn’t really created anything of substance, but I also hadn’t updated this website. Can I really consider this project a success if I’m not sharing my work and updated this site? Am I breaking the chain if I don’t post it here every day?

I don’t know the answer to that.

I’m going to cut myself some slack on this one. Yes, I want to create something everyday, and yes, I want to make something of substance to post on this website every day. I want to write post on this blog that are thoughtful and interesting and, most importantly, well written.

But the idea behind this whole project is to create habits and develop skills. Putting pressure on myself to keep this site updated on a daily basis is going to take all the fun out of this. And that is really the reason I am doing this. To have fun. Sure, there is plenty of value in doing this, specifically if I can learn things that will help me at work, but this is just something I want to do to challenge myself and to do things that I enjoy.

So I guess what I’m saying I’m probably not going to update this site every day. I hope to more often than not. Some times those post might just be a few pictures, or a page I designed at work. Some times it will just be a topic I want to write about. Some times, it will be something really in depth, that I’ve spent a lot of time thinking about and working on. I’m taking the pressure off of myself to make sure that this is still fun and something I enjoy.

I don’t want to break the chain, but more importantly, I don’t want to feel bad.

 

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