Every time I’ve sat down to do some journalling over the last two weeks, my plans for the summer have been top of mind. I’ve been desperately trying to figure out what I want to do with the nine weeks that lay ahead of me. The practice of looking forward with no clear idea of which path to take has probably gotten me to where I am today. Continue reading “Prongs on a Fork”
I was more productive this week than I was last week and I’m feeling good coming out of it. I think that I made some headway but I still have a bit of work to do. Things should start picking up pace here or I might lose interest.Continue reading “Episode 6: Lessons from Chapters 3, 4, and 5 of P. Teague’s How to Start a Podcast Book”
I didn’t make much headway with the podcast this week. I got so far as figuring out what the podcast is about, what you’ll hear on it, and who might want to listen to it. I also only read one chapter of the book I bought, and have yet to answer the question that it left me with.Continue reading “Blogging, Vlogging, and Podcasting | Episode 5: What’s the Point of My Podcast?”
Last week, I said that this episode would be about advertising, because what’s the point in putting this content out there if I didn’t want people to see it? Late last week, I decided that I needed to narrow my focus when a pang of anxiety struck me as I was trying to figure out whether to post links to this project on my Twitter or Instagram. What I decided to do instead was narrow my focus.Continue reading “Blogging, Vlogging, and Podcasting | Episode 4- Narrowing My Focus to Podcasting”
In a 2013 study, researchers Kathleen Vohs, Joseph Redden, and Ryan Rahinel found the that a disorderly space can have a positive impact on behaviour. They found that people are more likely to be creative when in a disorderly space than when in an orderly one. They did this through three experiments.Continue reading “Blogging, Vlogging, and Podcasting | Episode 3: Keeping Track of Your Ideas”
We are living in some strange times right now. COVID-19 has covered the entire globe. Here in Ontario, a state of emergency has been declared. Toronto is eerily quiet. There’s almost a 1984-type feeling to all of this with so much of the information I’m getting coming from the television.
I hope that you’re all staying safe, washing your hands, and enjoying the company of your loved ones.
Slow-motion multitasking. Tim Harford, in one of his TED Talks, shares with us how common a trait it is among the most highly creative among us (we should include ourselves in this group). Somewhat contradictorily, this type of multitasking is beneficial to the creative process. Multiple foci can work alongside each other to help you be your most creative.Continue reading “Blogging, Vlogging, and Podcasting | Episode 2- The Structure of Each Episode”
There’s a great quotation by Ira Glass:
Nobody tells this to people who are beginners, I wish someone told me. All of us who do creative work, we get into it because we have good taste. But there is a gap. For the first couple years you make stuff, it’s just not that good. It’s trying to be good, it has potential, but it’s not. But your taste, the thing that got you into the game, is still killer. And your taste is why your work disappoints you. A lot of people never get past this phase, they quit. Most people I know who do interesting, creative work went through years of this. We know our work doesn’t have this special thing that we want it to have. We all go through this. And if you are just starting out or you are still in this phase, you gotta know it’s normal and the most important thing you can do is do a lot of work. Put yourself on a deadline so that every week you will finish one story. It is only be going through a volume of work that you will close the gap, and your work will be as good as your ambitions. And I took longer to figure out how to do this than anyone I’ve ever met. It’s gonna take awhile. It’s normal to take awhile. You’ve just gotta fight your way through.Ira Glass
This quotation really sets up the project that I’m about to introduce you to quite nicely.Continue reading “Blogging, Vlogging, and Podcasting | Episode 1: Introduction”
Last week, I was standing in one of the six aisles of cat wet food at a PetSmart when I got a text from a friend of mine. He was asking me about my latest blog post. He was just curious to know how I was promoting myself. When he found out that I don’t do much, he asked if I’m just writing for myself. I told him that I am, that when I was focussed on my stats, I would get discouraged when I didn’t get the readership that I was hoping for. Now, I just try to focus on writing. If I can do that, I feel successful.Continue reading “Self-Promotion”
“Dude, just wake up fifteen minutes earlier.”
“I will.” Continue reading “Just Write”
Only six days in and I’m running out of things to write about. I wasn’t expecting this writing project to be difficult, but I was expecting it to be a little easier. It’s been kind of neat to see how I find a few minutes at different times of the day to plug in a few words, before I get caught up doing something else. Continue reading “Day 6 of 30”