The Life Creative
By Peter Witham
Discussing a life of creativity. Everything from Photography, Software Development, Blogging, Crafting, Motivation, and getting our work out there. I try to help you get the most from your creativity.
Everybody creates something, Let's try to make the most of it.
Everybody creates something, Let's try to make the most of it.
What we do here and why
I thought it might be good to revisit the reasons why I put this podcast out there for those that might be new listeners. It also serves as a great refresher to remind me and you to stay true to our creative pursuits. Let's Connect https://bio.link/peterw
September 22, 2021
Tips from a trip, hardware wins
In this episode, I run through the things I learned from my recent trip and the hardware that I used compared to the longer list of things I took with me. There are some great lessons to be learned from it. What are your tips? Let me know in the comments Let's Connect https://bio.link/peterw
September 18, 2021
How packing a photo bag ended with cleaning up the closet
As I was laying out my photo gear, trying to decide what to take on a photo excursion with me, something struck me. This is the perfect time to archive all the old gear that’s taking up space and getting in the way. Some thoughts and tips in this episode. Let’s Connect and share your thoughts on this episode https://bio.link/peterw
September 11, 2021
My Mobile Podcast Studio Set-Up
It happens to all creators at some point. You need to create something on a schedule that means you will be away from the home studio. In my case, some podcast episodes. So how do I go about that? I have all the details and links in this episode so listen on! Interesting to note that this episode was recorded with the details in this episode. Let’s Connect https://peterwitham.com
September 5, 2021
Protecting memories and work from disaster
Recent events around the World and in particular weather in the USA have me thinking about planning for protecting those precious memories and work from disastrous situations. Let's Connect https://bio.link/peterw
August 31, 2021
What to do when you fall sick as a creator
As solo creators, we feel the pressure to deliver. But how do you do that when you fall sick? I have some thoughts on that in this episode. I would love to hear your thoughts on this. Let's Connect https://bio.link/peterw
August 26, 2021
I'm trying a new photo social network, Glass
I got my invite to Glass, a new photography social network/app. This got me thinking about how users define direction and growth rather than the suggestions of the creators. So far, I'm liking Glass, but could it become another Instagram quality content? Listen on. Video Version Find me https://bio.link/peterw
August 22, 2021
Midweek Minute - Set realistic achievable goals
I have touched on setting achievable goals before, but I think it is worth a quick discussion on ways to break them down with time scaling. Let's Connect https://bio.link/peterw
August 19, 2021
Tips for saving money on equipment
Equipment can be expensive depending on your craft, but there are some ways to reduce that cost that might not have occurred to you...yet. I have a couple of suggestions on how you can use the gear but save on the costs. Listen on for details. Show notes and comments Let's Connect https://bio.link/peterw
August 15, 2021
Talk about the creation not the tools
Have you ever noticed how people can talk for hours about the tools they use? That is bad, everyone should talk about the creation instead. We don't appreciate the clay, we appreciate the pot made with it, so let's talk about that instead. Video Version https://youtu.be/EqSxxLe_ApE Let's Connect https://bio.link/peterw
August 11, 2021
Failure makes you better, Success keeps you motivated
In this edition, I'm going to share that magic sound of a camera shutter I mentioned in a previous episode. I am also going to talk more about success and failure, how they work together to make you better and keep moving forward. Video version https://youtu.be/tlp2p21UMM4 Let's Connect https://bio.link/peterw
August 9, 2021
Watch for copyright flags even when you are doing the right thing
Even when you use acceptable copyright-free and royalty-free audio, there is every chance your content will be flagged by an automated system. Here's my word of caution and advice when it happened to me this week. Let's Connect https://bio.link/peterw
August 5, 2021
Brain Associations, the game of two parts
Our brain is always responding to things, triggers and responses. In this episode, I talk a little about how weird things get when the trigger is missing. As an example, I will never get used to taking a photograph and not hearing the sound of a shutter opening and closing. Or a car that does not make the sound of a car. Listen on if you are intrigued and want to play along. Let's Connect https://bio.link/peterw
July 31, 2021
Midweek Minute - What's your elevator pitch to explain your creations?
There is always a reason behind everything we create, but can you clearly explain in a short sentence what that reason is to someone else? Maybe you need to practice and think about that a little. Share your thoughts and feedback https://peterwitham.com/podcasts/tlc-s05-e33/ Let's Connect https://bio.link/peterw
July 29, 2021
How do you feel about your personal work?
In this episode, I want to talk about how you feel about your personal work. The way that you receive comments on it, for that matter, should you even care what people think when you are making it just for you. Video version https://youtu.be/XEwG46JuCnw Say thanks for this video by buying me a coffee https://buymeacoffee.com/pwcom Let's connect https://bio.link/peterw
July 26, 2021
Midweek Minute - Do Nothing ... whaaaa?
I know what you are thinking, "Do nothing, is he nuts?". There is a logic here trust me, listen on and all will make sense. Video Version https://https://www.youtube.com/watch?v=LyeiBD1Kcr4 Let's Connect https://bio.link/peterw
July 21, 2021
Challenge Follow Up, My Example
This is a follow-up as I said I would to a challenge I set in Season 5 Episode 27. The challenge was to pick something you wish you could do and make two lists. 1. with reasons why you don't do it and 2. the benefits if you could overcome this problem. Season 5 Episode 27 I said I would give an example so here it is. As mentioned in this episode Buy Me a Coffee Full show notes and leave a comment Let's Connect
July 18, 2021
Midweek Minute - Try another direction for better results
In this episode, I talk about taking something that may or may not be working and see if you can change the direction of the project to improve results. Video version https://youtu.be/bEMnO1UlbHM Let's Connect https://linktr.ee/peterwitham
July 14, 2021
Video update and managing historical content
In this episode, I'll give an update on the video version of this podcast thanks to feedback from you the valued listeners. I am also going to talk about managing historical content when it comes to migrating from one site to another, even when the domain name is the same. This is something everybody faces eventually if you have your own Web site. Video version of this episode https://youtu.be/TGq0fRLtpas Lets Connect https://linktr.ee/peterwitham
July 11, 2021
Midweek Minute - Something hard to do, weighing the good and bad
In this midweek minute, I have a very tough question again for you to face for yourself. But a very worthwhile exercise if you are completely honest. Pick something you find extremely difficult to do or face. Then make two lists, one for the reasons not to do it. Another for the reasons to break through the barrier and do it. Then, see which list is the one you really feel is the best. Be honest!
July 7, 2021
Creating for the consumer
In this episode, I talk about planning your creations to allow for the if/when/some time scenarios. What do I mean by that? You'll have to listen to find out. Let's connect https://linktr.ee/peterwitham
July 3, 2021
Midweek Minute - Clean your Creative Space
This week's minute challenge is to clean out that creative space and see if it inspires you to start creating something. This happens to me when I clean up my desk, office, and home studio. When I'm done I'm ready and willing to jump into something and make the magic happen. YouTube Videocast https://www.youtube.com/watch?v=dfIqkTCdUC4 Let's Connect https://linktr.ee/peterwitham
June 30, 2021
Journal - Dealing with failing projects and facing reality
This is a tough episode but an important one. I expose some inner thoughts on a few of my projects and how I need to figure out what to do with them. This is painful to face out load, but something that I feel can help others by putting it out there. Sometimes the conversations we have with ourselves are the very ones that other people need to hear. Share your thoughts with me
June 28, 2021
Midweek Minute - Pick a tool and really appreciate its value
In this midweek minute, I want you to pick a tool that you use and really appreciate what it does for you and the value it brings to the table. Also, is there something about it you should know better? If so, spend some time really getting to know it. Say thanks, I love coffee https://www.buymeacoffee.com/pwcom
June 24, 2021
Lessons learned and tips from conducting my first Podcast interview
Recently I made my first podcast interview. I have appeared as a guest many times on different shows but this was the first time I was the interviewer. I am not afraid to admit that I had been avoiding doing one because it made me super anxious. But I also know that I'm telling you all to push the envelope of comfort to expand. So I had to make myself do it otherwise it just makes me a hypocrite. In this episode I share my thoughts, lessons learned and tips that I hope can help you, should you find yourself in a similar situation. Believe me, push through the fear and discover that it's way easier to do than you think once you get started. I'd love to hear your thoughts, reach out to me at peterwitham.com/contact Support this podcast by buying me a coffee, thank you!
June 20, 2021
Midweek Minute - Track that project progress
Midweek minute episodes are short actionable suggestions to keep you motivated and moving forward. In this episode I want you to pick a project and write down the progress you want to see achieved in the next seven days. Then, seven days from now check that list and see how well you did. Say thanks, I love coffee https://www.buymeacoffee.com/pwcom
June 16, 2021
Transition users for a smoother experience
You should always strive to keep people feeling comfortable, transitioning big changes over time is better in my opinion, than a sudden flood of new things that users have to immediately get used to.
June 9, 2021
Podyssey.fm - A Podcast community that works
This episode is slightly different. If you love podcasts as I do then I want to recommend podyssey.fm to you. To be clear I'm not getting anything from this other than sharing a great place to really discuss podcasts with other listeners. -------------------------------------- Let's connect ---------------------------------------- https://linktr.ee/peterwitham ------ Want to say thanks and buy me a coffee? I love coffee ------- https://www.buymeacoffee.com/pwcom
May 29, 2021
Curious what this podcast is about? This is the answer you are looking for. It is about anything and everything to do with creativity, how it affects our lives and those that encounter our creations.
May 22, 2021
Stop wasting time waiting for inspiration to find you.
Why are you wasting time waiting for inspiration to find you? Go find it and be rewarded. Say thanks by buying me a coffee.
May 22, 2021
You gather resources and data, but do you use them?
What are you doing with all the things you gather? Do you even look and learn from it? Full show notes and feedback here.
May 16, 2021
Sometimes sitting back gets better results
Life moves at a pace, we tell ourselves we need to always be doing something to move project x forward. But I am here to tell you that sometimes the best results come from sitting back and accepting you can only do so many things in a given time before you burn out. Share your thoughts at the link below https://www.buymeacoffee.com/pwcom
May 8, 2021
How my usage and view of tech is changing as I get older
I share some observations on how a year at home has changed my view on the devices and tech that I use and how that may be affected going forward as we return to a new normal for many of us. Say thanks, and why not leave some thoughts at the link below https://www.buymeacoffee.com/pwcom
May 1, 2021
My thoughts on the new Apple podcast service and how it might affect us all
Apple announced a new service to podcast creators that will enable them to charge for premium content, or tipping depending on how you chose to use it. I have some thoughts on this and share them in this episode. It's a mixed bag in my opinion. Leave your comments here Say thanks, I love coffee https://www.buymeacoffee.com/pwcom Let’s connect Twitter Instagram I would appreciate it if you subscribe, share with friends on your social platform of choice. Thanks!
April 24, 2021
The right tool for the job will save you hours of frustration
There is no doubt we all try to take the fast way when we can and end up struggling like mad when we do most of the time. Well I learned that lesson this week and after years of frustration went in search of the right tool to do the job and it turned out way better than I ever could of expected. Listen on for details. As mentioned in this episode My blog post on the tool Watch back placement tool Say thanks, I love coffee https://www.buymeacoffee.com/pwcom Let’s connect Twitter Instagram Facebook I would appreciate it if you subscribe, share with friends on your social platform of choice. Thanks!
April 18, 2021
Why short portfolios and resumes are acceptable
There can be many reasons someone has a short portfolio or resume. At some point, we all had this problem. If this is you then I hope you take some heart from this episode and see the advantage rather than disadvantage. Say thanks, I love coffee https://www.buymeacoffee.com/pwcom Let’s connect Twitter: https://twitter.com/grfxmedia Instagram: https://instagram.com/grfxmedia Facebook Page: https://www.facebook.com/GrfxMedia-105117321583471 I would appreciate it if you subscribe, share with friends on your social platform of choice. Thanks!
April 11, 2021
Give peoples work the time and respect it deserves
We live in a world with a short attention span by design. Social networks, for example, need you to scroll for them to make more money. Content makers get hurt by this because they get a few seconds of your attention at best. Please slow down and appreciate the content they make. Here are my thoughts and hopes that you will consider. Say thanks, I love coffee https://www.buymeacoffee.com/pwcom Let’s connect Twitter: https://twitter.com/grfxmedia Instagram: https://instagram.com/grfxmedia I would appreciate it if you like, subscribe, share with friends on your platform of choice. Thanks!
April 5, 2021
The How and why automating tasks is so important
I cannot stress how important it is to get back as much time as you can, automating repetitive tasks will give you back more time and creative space than you realize. I’ll give a couple of examples, one saves me doing 11 tasks every time I publish a podcast episode. Leave comments here Mentioned in this episode Are you doing the right work? IFTTT Zapier Say thanks, I love coffee https://www.buymeacoffee.com/pwcom Let’s connect Twitter: https://twitter.com/grfxmedia Instagram: https://instagram.com/grfxmedia I would appreciate it if you subscribe, share with friends on your social platform of choice. Thanks!
March 29, 2021
Creativity as a form of relaxation
I use my creativity as a way to not only make things but help me relax. After all, should we not enjoy creating things rather than stress out about them? I share one of the ways I like to do it and hope to spark some thoughts for you on how you can do it too. As mentioned in this episode Procreate for iPad Share your thoughts with me at grfxmedia.com/contact or on Twitter @GrfxMedia Say thanks, I love coffee https://www.buymeacoffee.com/pwcom Let’s connect Twitter: https://twitter.com/grfxmedia Instagram: https://instagram.com/grfxmedia I would appreciate it if you subscribe, share with friends on your social platform of choice. Thanks!
March 20, 2021
Does having your own domain name matter anymore?
This question came up as a topic of conversation this week. Does having a place to call home on the Internet still matter in a world full of social networks? I have some very firm thoughts on this as a content maker. Share your thoughts with me at grfxmedia.com/contact or on Twitter @GrfxMedia Say thanks, I love coffee https://www.buymeacoffee.com/pwcom Let’s connect Twitter: https://twitter.com/grfxmedia Instagram: https://instagram.com/grfxmedia I would appreciate it if you subscribe, share with friends on your social platform of choice. Thanks!
March 13, 2021
Left or Right Brain Today? And Why it Matters
The brain has two modes, on the left we have all the logical things, and on the right, the creative things. It's important to figure out which kind of a day you are having to get the most from your tasks and creativity. A few thoughts on figuring this out and making the most of it. Say thanks, I love coffee Let’s connect Twitter Instagram Facebook Page I would appreciate it if you subscribe, share with friends on your social platform of choice. Thanks
February 28, 2021
Are You Doing The Right Work? Should You Delegate or Outsource?
As creatives we have very busy lives, often that involves tasks we would rather not be doing or we are less than great at. So maybe we need to consider if that task is better delegated our outsourced so we can focus on the things WE need to be doing? A few thoughts and suggestions on the topic. Full show notes and transcription here. Say thanks, I love coffee Let’s connect Twitter Instagram Facebook Page I would appreciate it if you subscribe, share with friends on your social platform of choice. Thanks!
February 21, 2021
Brand Self Can be a Problem or a Blessing. A Few Thoughts and Tips
Choosing to brand everything under the umbrella of you can be a problem or a blessing, only you can decide which is right. Here are a few thoughts on the choices I have made and why. Say thanks, I love coffee https://www.buymeacoffee.com/pwcom Let’s connect Twitter: https://twitter.com/grfxmedia Instagram: https://instagram.com/grfxmedia I would appreciate it if you subscribe, share with friends on your social platform of choice. Thanks!
February 15, 2021
Starting over is OK
Sometimes the best thing for a project is starting over. Maybe it is not going the way you want it or perhaps you want to pivot to a totally different direction and trying to rework what you have will take more effort than ripping it all down to a clean page and starting over. Say thanks, I love coffee https://www.buymeacoffee.com/pwcom Let’s connect Twitter Instagram Facebook I would appreciate it if you subscribe, share with friends on your social platform of choice. Thanks!
January 30, 2021
Is art created by a machine still art?
An easy question with a complicated answer depending on who you ask. So here are my thoughts on it, as an example, I used some smart software to record and edit this podcast. Say thanks, I love coffee https://www.buymeacoffee.com/pwcom Let’s connect Instagram: GrfxMedia Web: https://peterwitham.com
January 25, 2021
Shooting in Square Format
This week I rekindled my love of the square format when taking photographs. This is something that takes me back to composition techniques when shooting 120 roll film. Some of you might remember that? But it also has benefits today, for example, Instagram is square. So why not start as you mean to end. Some thoughts on shooting Square how and why. Plus the problems it solves when pushing the button. Say thanks, I love coffee https://www.buymeacoffee.com/pwcom Let’s connect Twitter: @GrfxMedia Instagram: GrfxMedia Web: https://peterwitham.com
January 16, 2021
Listener question - Things to consider when switching tools
Following on from my last episode when I spoke about switching camera systems, I received a listener question asking what else is involved when deciding to change and what else should be considered. Great question and thanks, switching is never as easy as just picking one thing. There is always other considerations, in this episode I cover a few of them. Say thanks, I love coffee https://www.buymeacoffee.com/pwcom Let’s connect Twitter: @GrfxMedia Instagram: GrfxMedia Web: https://peterwitham.com
January 2, 2021
Goodbye Sweet Camera, What Now?
Let's talk camera's for a moment, I traded in my beloved 5D mark2 and don't know what to do next. Please note this episode was recorded on move, I have done my best to clean up some of the bumps and bruises in the audio. Say thanks, I love coffee https://www.buymeacoffee.com/pwcom Let’s connect Twitter: @GrfxMedia Instagram: GrfxMedia Web: https://peterwitham.com
December 26, 2020
Happy Holidays, Time for a Rest
For many, it is now a serious holiday time. Friends and family are usually the big things for those of us that celebrate Christmas. This year it comes with complications. For me, I plan to step back and rest from schedules, work, content creation, and personal projects. It is my time to recharge and regroup. Say thanks, I love coffee https://www.buymeacoffee.com/pwcom Let’s connect Twitter: @GrfxMedia Instagram: GrfxMedia Web: https://peterwitham.com
December 19, 2020
You Have Earned a Reward
You made it to December, that and so many other reasons are enough to say you have earned the reward you want to give yourself. Often we feel guilty about wanting to reward ourselves. I have news for you, it's OK to do just that. In fact, you probably need it. I share a few thoughts on the how, why, and should in this episode. Say thanks, I love coffee https://www.buymeacoffee.com/pwcom Let’s connect Twitter: @GrfxMedia Instagram: GrfxMedia Web: https://peterwitham.com
December 12, 2020
Hold Your Breath, Wait For It, Focus
I was watching a video of Harumi Tanaka, a masterful fountain pen maker on YouTube. He was saying towards the end of the video how some people hold their breath as they are turning the outside edge of the barrel of the pen to help them focus. This got me thinking and I realized that I do the same thing at critical moments. I bet most of you do as well if you stop and observe your actions. So how about you, what moments give you pause to hold that breath and focus on the moment? Mentioned in this episode Harumi Tanaka Fountain Pen TLFWorks YouTube Channel Say thanks, I love coffee https://www.buymeacoffee.com/pwcom Let’s connect Twitter Instagram Web I would appreciate it if you subscribe, share with friends on your social platform of choice. Thanks!
December 6, 2020
A huge thanks to all of you this year
Why I am thankful to all of you and for my creative brain this year. Say thanks, I love coffee https://www.buymeacoffee.com/pwcom Let’s connect Twitter Instagram Web I would appreciate it if you subscribe, share with friends on your social platform of choice. Thanks!
November 26, 2020
Warm up that Brain
Do you have a routine you follow to get yourself ready to create? I realized that I don't, and that's something I am going to try and fix. Here's my plan and what I consider a creative warm-up to mean to me. Mentioned in this episode LensWork Podcast Say thanks, I love coffee https://www.buymeacoffee.com/pwcom Let’s connect Twitter Instagram Web I would appreciate it if you subscribe, share with friends on your social platform of choice. Thanks!
November 6, 2020
What is your win?
To keep moving forward we all need wins. Big or small, it does not matter. You just need something that says "keep going". In this episode, I talk about a couple of examples and ways to measure what you call a win. My Alamo Photo - Say thanks, I love coffee - https://www.buymeacoffee.com/pwcom - Let’s connect - Twitter: https://twitter.com/grfxmedia Instagram: https://instagram.com/grfxmedia Web: https://grfxmedia.com I would appreciate it if you subscribe, share with friends on your social platform of choice. Thanks!
October 29, 2020
The Universal Language of Art
First I get a little distracted by talking about one of my favorite movies and how this is the perfect time of year to watch those old thriller and scary movies. But then I talk about the universal language of art and creativity to help cross the divide of communication when we cannot speak each others language. - Say thanks, I love coffee - https://www.buymeacoffee.com/pwcom - Let’s connect - Twitter: https://twitter.com/grfxmedia Instagram: https://instagram.com/grfxmedia Web: https://grfxmedia.com I would appreciate it if you subscribe, share with friends on your social platform of choice. Thanks!
October 18, 2020
Are You Making The Right Thing?
There is no doubt in my mind that as we all create and share things, we have an idea in our head of what we think we are sharing. But have you stopped to consider if that really is the case? Perhaps, more importantly, do you know how to answer that question? - Say thanks, I love coffee - https://www.buymeacoffee.com/pwcom - Let’s connect - Twitter: https://twitter.com/grfxmedia Instagram: https://instagram.com/grfxmedia Web: https://grfxmedia.com I would appreciate it if you subscribe, share with friends on your social platform of choice. Thanks!
October 11, 2020
Thoughts on backyard creativity
Never forget that inspiration and opportunity to create is always around you, sometimes you need to stop take a couple of seconds to look around. That is my take away from a photo opportunity I spotted in my backyard this week as I was making coffee. - Say thanks, I love coffee - https://www.buymeacoffee.com/pwcom - Let’s connect - Twitter: https://twitter.com/grfxmedia Instagram: https://instagram.com/grfxmedia Web: https://grfxmedia.com I would appreciate it if you subscribe, share with friends on your social platform of choice. Thanks!
September 30, 2020
Lessons learned from my own YouTube channel
I have been working over the past couple of months on making your YouTube channel better. But in order to do that, I need to know what is and is not working, that's where the time and experiments come in to play. Not forgetting the all-important statistical data. In this episode, I talk about what I discovered and what it tells me to do going forward. Curious where that YouTube channel is? https://youtube.com/grfxg Let's Connect https://peterwitham.com
September 12, 2020
The best camera is the one you have with you? Only if it’s a good one!
The best camera is the one you have with you, assuming you have a good camera with you that is. A few thoughts on this idea that is commonly found on the Internet. There are times the camera with you is a mobile device, and that is going to bite you on the you know what later if you try and use the image for certain things. So why not just carry an actual camera instead and always be covered for any eventuality. ——- Say thanks, I love coffee and being appreciated ——- https://www.buymeacoffee.com/pwcom ——————————————————————————————————————————- ——— Let’s connect ————————————————————————————- Twitter: https://twitter.com/grfxmedia Instagram: https://instagram.com/grfxmedia Web: https://grfxmedia.com ——————————————————————————————————————————- I would appreciate it if you subscribe, share with friends on your social platform of choice. Thanks!
August 24, 2020
Time for a break (corrected)
I have tried hard to get a new episode put together over the past couple of weeks, with everything going on in the World it has proven to be too hard and not as important as everything we are having to deal with. I have decided to take a break as we should be focusing on what's going on around us, so I am using this time to take a break and plan out the direction for next season. I have some new ideas and this gives me time to explore them. Stay safe, we will talk again soon.
June 4, 2020
Thank you + Teaching is hard
Firstly, a follow up to the previous episode and a thank you to everyone that reached out. Teaching people is hard, figuring out how to break down complicated topics to something that as many as possible will understand at all skill levels is almost an art to its self. Here are a few thoughts and tips on trying to get it right. Spoiler, it all starts with understanding your audience!
May 6, 2020
The struggle is real but brutal honesty does help
In this episode, I share some thoughts on where I am at right now in particular with this podcast. There are times we just have to tell ourselves that doing something because you like to do it is good enough.
April 28, 2020
The lows, but then the highs!
How I went from a low to a high this weekend by pushing through the barriers of creative block and procrastination to being really productive and inspired to start the week. Mentioned in this episode My Patreon Where I put exclusive content for my subscribers. UIBuzz.com My new anything goes micro cast. Final Cut Pro X - Apple The video editing software by Apple. Unity software Software for creating games and other cross-platform applications. Micro.blog A wonderfully simple to use blogging platform for those looking to get content out without the hassle of building a Web site
April 20, 2020
Giving and receiving feedback is important
Why getting and giving feedback is important. I do not mean just clicking that thumbs up or down, or +1 on something. I'm talking about telling someone why you are doing it, what it is you liked or what you thought was not so great. We owe it to people to tell them what we thought of it if there is a system in place to do so. Plus, you can only improve if you get feedback. I'll talk about all this and more. Please rate and review this podcast, it really helps https://ratethispodcast.com/tlc
April 9, 2020
Suggestions for creative projects whilst stuck at home
You are probably stuck in a building like me and so many others. Well, that does not mean we have to give up on projects. Here are 5 suggestions you can try whilst at home. 1. Invent a project that you can do at home, for example document what it is like to be at home. Maybe set up a mini studio for photography or painting. 2. Practice using your equipment, whatever it maybe. Learn settings or maybe play round with tools you normally avoid. 3. Revisit old projects, I bet if you look hard enough there is something you can work on. 4. Play around with old equipment you never use anymore, I have a few old cameras around the house that I can power up, maybe you have some old brushes or pens you no longer use and could start working with again. 5. Just go with the flow, pick something you would normally avoid and try it. Maybe try a new skill like drawing or painting, who knows what could come from just throwing out the rule book and doing something different. Why not support this podcast by buying me a coffee, I really would appreciate it and give you a shout out in a future episode.
April 3, 2020
COVID-19, Finding the positive, documenting the now
We are certainly in a time that we will remember. There is so much going on around the World with COVID-19 and it is tough for everyone. This gave me an idea of how I and so many others can channel all that concern into something to focus our attention and help us get through it. If you are in a position to do so, document how this is affecting you, your family, your town, your country and even the World. This not only serves as a record for future generations but as a way to turn all the worry into an effort to help stay motivated during this stressful time. In this episode, I share some thoughts and an example of how I'm trying to make the most of a difficult situation.
March 23, 2020
Dealing with competition is a mind set, how to come out on top
So many projects get abandoned or never started because people take the attitude "Someone else has already done it" and that's idiotic to be blunt. Until you do it, nobody has done it 'your way' and who's to say your take won't be the start of something big? Oh, so a celebrity has entered your market? Great that means good news on exposure for you as well. These thoughts and more on turning that frown into a cheer in this episode.
March 16, 2020
Priorities matter, make them, live with them
We all have priorities. Some we make, some we have to live with. But all of them have to be evaluated and responded to accordingly. Here is a few thoughts on that process. Rate this podcast https://ratethispodcast.com/tlc Let's connect https://peterwitham.com
February 22, 2020
Go all in Poker face!
My problem might be my biggest strength. When I start something new I go all in, straight for the deep dive. I'll learn as much as I can, practice and push myself to do the best job I can at whatever it is. That's my strength, it should be yours as well. A few thoughts on how to tackle new things and have a feeling of achievement rather than just dabbling at something on the surface. Please rate this podcast https://ratethispodcast.com/tlc
February 1, 2020
Always be you, be authentic
We all do it, it's almost a subconscious act. We present ourselves a certain way to people we meet for the first time, maybe it's a client or maybe it's a gathering. But I think you need to try very hard to just be you for several reasons. Please rate and review this podcast, it really helps https://ratethispodcast.com/tlc
January 25, 2020
Forget New Year Resolutions
I know plenty of people out there set a new year resolution or two, but forget it. It's a bad idea for most and destined to fail. I have a better suggestion, set regular goals instead. Rate this Podcast: https://ratethispodcast.com/tlc
January 3, 2020
Enjoy the break if you are having one, take time with friends and family. Recharge ready to take on next year.
December 24, 2019
Creative Journaling Ideas and Suggestions
There is also a video version of this episode: Here on YouTube Journaling has been one of the most popular topics, so I thought I would revisit and offer some ideas and suggestions on how you can start and what you may want to consider putting in a journal to keep you inspired and motivated. I would love to hear your thoughts and tips, Contact me
December 9, 2019
Capture ideas when you have them
It is very important to capture those ideas in any form you can when you have them, even when they might be rough quick thoughts. They do not have to be perfect, but capturing them is a must. From a few simple words, or a sketch, to a couple of lines of text. Capturing even the beginning of an idea has to be a priority for you. iOS Software I use to capture notes Moleskine Flow for iOS Penbook for iOS Contact Me Contact Form
November 25, 2019
The benefits of working solo
I have spoken a lot about working in teams in other episodes. So for this one, I thought I would turn it around and talk about the benefits of working solo if that suits your style and preference.
November 18, 2019
A new project to truly leave my comfort zone
Through a series of synchronistic events I have a new project I am working on. For the first time, I am making paid content. In this episode I share my thoughts on the project, what it is, how I plan to do it, and how I think it will work. For anyone that has ever made something to share and ask for payment, I am sure you will have experienced a lot of these thoughts and concerns. Patreon post for project Code Notes App sourcecode
November 4, 2019
Do you listen to the data or your gut?
When the numbers say stop but the gut says carry on. What do you do? A few thoughts on when knowing it's time to make a decision.
October 28, 2019
Too Much? Too Soon? Not Enough?
I get it, you just did something cool and want to tell the World, but you did that 10 minutes ago, should you wait longer for that next release? Is it too much in one go? Does everyone really want a 2 hour podcast to listen too? Some thoughts on all those things, pace and delivery can make the difference between an on-going conversation and attention or a way to send people to sleep. This episode was created with tools for the Mac from SetApp https://peterwitham.com/setapp
October 22, 2019
I Have Free Time...What Now?
So you reached the end of your day, you finished work, maybe the kids went to bed and it's that moment when time is yours to do what ever you want with ... what now? Well, I have a few suggestions on how you can take advantage of that time and keep those projects and what ever else you want moving forward.
October 11, 2019
The Power of Silence
Do you like silence? For me, silence is a great way to recharge my battery and gives me the opportunity to focus. But I appreciate it's not that way for everyone. Silence in todays society is almost a weird fifth wheel.
September 30, 2019
Always Believe in Every Project + Maintain a Skill Wish List
Part 1 Every time I start a project, I believe it's the one that is going to work out and make the difference. I have to, and you should as well, why? Because if you do not believe in it at the beginning, why bother even doing it. Part 2 Do you maintain a list of skills you want to work on? I do, I have a list of skills I want to improve and a list of skills that I want to learn. This keeps me motivated and excited to try new things.
September 19, 2019
Get started with a template, move that project forward fast
There is no shame in using a template or preset to get a project started. Often I hear that there is some kind of stigma attached to using a pre-built solution. But often that is the fastest way to get to what really matters...making content. To start a new project you need to remove any excuse to procrastinate, and often it seems that generating a tool or system to make the thing you want to make gets in the way. So let's start by avoiding that.
September 10, 2019
Should You Work for Free? Here's What I Do
It's the huge question that always sparks debate. So rather than say what I think you should do, I'm just going to tell you what I do.
August 31, 2019
Where should I post my work? A list of 20 places to start
The answer will be different depending on what you do. But here is a list where I have tried to break down a few different categories by type. Visual Sites - Pintrest - YouTube - Vimeo - Instagram - VSCO - Vero - Dribble Technical or Readable Sites - LinkedIN - HackerNews - Reddit More dedicated, focused sites - Product Hunt - Specialized Forums - Slack Groups - Discord Groups - Your Own Web site Books and Written Material - Amazon Self Publish - Apple Books - Google Books Generic Social - Twitter - Facebook
August 18, 2019
Why Having a Home on the Web Matters
It is so important to have you're own domain name and Web site. Especially if you are thinking of building a brand or e-commerce. In this episode, I am going to give you very good reasons why you need to do this and not use a third party as you're home on the Web. Show Notes: - It will always be there for as long as you keep it live. - You get to control how it looks and all other aspects of the site. - You are free to change your mind at any time and take it in another direction. - You are not relying on a service that might go paid or disappear at some point. For example, many of the social networks that now no longer exist. - You are not dependent on a third party company and their privacy rules and how they use your data. - Users know exactly where to find you. - You can use the site and domain as a jumping point to anywhere else you want to direct people. - You can use services to see metrics and learn from your users what is working and what is not. This is invaluable data. - You can gather user information via forms and/or emails and start a two way conversation. - If you decide to sell goods or services, you are free to implement that the way you want it to be. - You are not forced to display advertising or other distractions based on the desires of another company. - You get to provide the experience to visitors and potential customers exactly the way you want it to be. Support this Podcast and my other work on Patreon, I would very much appreciate it.
August 8, 2019
Growth means knowing your audience. Do you know who that is?
You cannot attract everyone, and you do not need to. You just need to know who to attract, but do you know how? Here is some thoughts on how to work that out and an example. 1 good audience member is worth a 100 bad ones in the long run.
August 2, 2019
Catching Up From Too Many Projects
Sometimes projects delay things, that's bad! So here's a new episode to get us back on track. In this episode I am going to talk about that very thing, making time and keeping commitment to your creative projects.
July 27, 2019
Never Blindly Follow a Trend
Trends come and go. Whilst they offer an interesting insight in to a direction you might want to consider, you should never just follow them without question. Or worse, abandon your own trend because something else is more popular. Just a couple of thoughts shared on how and why.
July 2, 2019
New Projects Are Fun Times To Try Something New
I am starting a new side project and the best part of that is I get to have a totally clean slate in front of me and the opportunity to work on it with new skills and new ways.
June 22, 2019
Experience Like A Customer
You need to try and experience your content the say as your customers will, and for that you may have to do a little homework, but it will be worth it. By experiencing what you make the same way a customer does you can ensure that you are making the right choices and delivering what you expect not what you assume.
June 13, 2019
Should We Fix Our History?
It can be tempting to go back and fix those older works that just don't meet our newer higher standards, but they might just be beneficial to leave as they are. Previously not so great work by comparison to your standard today is a great way to show progression and improvement, and that my friend is a good thing.
June 6, 2019
My Creative Level - Affected By The Weather
Note: This episode was record on the move in some really terrible weather so the quality may not be what you are used to. Over a long time now I have noticed something, the weather greatly affects my creative mood and output. When it's damp and raining it somehow pushes me to a higher level. Terrible storms in Texas today reaffirmed this for me, so I thought I would share some interesting observations. If you listen to this episode on Anchor at https://anchor.fm/peter-witham you can now leave messages to share your thoughts, and I really would like hear them. Let's get a conversation going and maybe I'll share your comments on the next episode!
May 30, 2019
Lessons learned from my live streaming tests
As I mentioned in the last episode, this week I started my setup and testing for live streaming. It proved very interesting and I share my thoughts and lessons learned in this episode. It gave me enough information going forward on how I can improve both quality and service. Now I can start work on my development and podcast streaming I think. A couple of streaming examples here from my game streams. YouTube: https://youtu.be/fBzet8HCb08 Twitch: https://www.twitch.tv/videos/427190505
May 23, 2019
This week I left the comfort zone and started looking at live streaming.
Live streaming is a popular way to share with people, some times the less polished result can be more interesting. This is something I have started to investigate.
May 18, 2019
Create and use boundaries to keep things in check
Boundaries are wonderful things We are more likely to respect boundaries put upon us by others than those we impose on ourselves. That is assuming we put any in place to begin with. Just telling ourselves that we will know when enough is enough is not a good way to hold ourselves accountable. Not only are boundaries a good way to measure things like project limits but they also teach you a useful skill that you can carry through every aspect of your professional career. If you liked this episode Please subscribe, tell a friend, like or just share on your social platform of choice. I greatly appreciate it and it is your way of saying thanks, this inspires me to keep making them.
May 11, 2019
Working remotely can be rewarding and a challenge. Here are some tips to make it work.
Remote Working is a blessing and a curse depending on how the day is going. I'm going to share some tips that I think help make the days not only productive but keep you in close contact with you're team if you work on one. I would love to hear from you, visit www.peterwitham.com/contact to send feedback right to my inbox. Thanks for listening.
May 3, 2019
Do you understand your tools and what they are doing? You Should and I'll tell you why!
Do you know what those fancy tools you use are doing? Do you realize what actually happens in the background when you press a button to get an instant effect? You should, one day those tools might change. But understanding what they do is a skill that will always be available to you.
April 26, 2019
Use the MVP to start on your journey to creativity.
Use the MVP to remove excuses for starting on your journey to creativity. No not minimal viable product, I'm talking about something else.
April 18, 2019
Measuring up against others probably won't help you.
Measurement is good, but only if you use the right statistics to test with.
April 11, 2019
I hope you fail every so often. Here’s why.
Failing can be a great way to succeed next time, I think failing is a great way to improve.
April 4, 2019
Creative Minute: Run at your pace not others.
It is all too easy to compare yourself to others, maybe you feel slower or faster, maybe you feel they are doing better work. That’s a mistake, run at your pace to do your best work.
March 28, 2019
This week I took part in a hackathon, I came away with some thoughts that I decided to share on the experience and how I feel it benefited my creativity to compromise down to a minimal shippable product.
March 24, 2019
Minute of Creativity: It is not the tools, it is you.
It is too easy to convince ourselves that the tools make the magic.
March 15, 2019
Minute of Creativity: Multiple projects are a good thing. Here’s why.
Multiple projects are a great way to not only stay on top of skills but to stop frustration and perhaps even burn out.
February 28, 2019
Minute of Creativity: Did you teach someone? What was the result?
In a previous episode I challenged you to try and teach some one something, did you do it? I did, this was the result.
February 22, 2019
Mid Week Minute of Creativity: Teach Someone Something
This week it is a mini challenge. I want you to see how well you know something, you may think that's easy. Try teaching it to someone, it does not have to be anything massive, just try to convey your knowledge in a way that helps someone else.
February 14, 2019
Mid Week Minute of Creativity: Choices
This week I want you to think about the choices you make when creating.
February 7, 2019
Midweek minute of creativity
How to bring back that spark.
January 31, 2019
Mid week minute: Appreciate your skills and talents.
Take 5 minutes today to stop and appreciate what you can do and how it makes you feel.
January 23, 2019
Embrace Negative Reviews
Nobody likes to hear bad things said about their work. But I see this as an opportunity to turn them in to something positive and learn from them by asking why someone does not like it.
January 22, 2019
2019 is upon us
With 2019 starting I thought we’d catch up a little and I’d lay out some plans and thoughts for what I’d like to do this year
January 15, 2019
Take time out to recharge
It is important to take time out to recharge our creative batteries. We spend all year running down our creative energy and that needs replacing.
December 29, 2018
Forget perfection, it is a moving target that is a waste of time. Here's why.
December 19, 2018
The Hardest Moments are our Greatest Achievements
We all have those moments that we think we took on more than we can handle. That realization that we just do not know how to solve the problem and want to give up. DON'T! That is the moment of our greatest achievement.
December 12, 2018
Don't trash yourself for bigger numbers
Making trash just to get a big audience is wrong.
December 7, 2018
Inspiration and creative expansion by studying the work of others.
One way you can expand your creative skills and understanding is by studying works that inspire you, you can take this a step further by trying to recreate those inspiring works.
December 5, 2018
The Negative Why
Face head on those things you avoid. But first ask why you avoid them.
November 17, 2018
Prioritize to free yourself to be creative.
Prioritization is a great way to remove things from your brain that block you from being creative.
September 15, 2018
10 Things Destroying Your Productivity. Part 2 of 2
Part 2 of my 10 things destroying your priductivity and creativity. You can find part 1 here https://anchor.fm/peter-witham/episodes/10-Things-Destroying-Your-Productivity--Part-1-of-2-e22rdd/a-a48kb6
August 31, 2018
10 Things Destroying Your Productivity. Part 1 of 2
I wrote a blog post recently that listed ten things killing productivity. The same applies for creativity. In this first part I talk about five of them, part two will be the remaining five. You can find the blog post at https://peterwitham.com/development-notes/10-things-destroying-your-productivity/
August 22, 2018
New and Old Design. Wins and Whines!
As designs change over time, there are those that make creating easier and those that make it harder. Here's one of each.
July 9, 2018
The Problem of Over Learning
Learning is great, but do you actually practice what you learn or do you just keep learning? Practice is an important part of learning.
July 6, 2018
Do not apologize for your art!
You should not feel like you need to apologize for your art when someone does not like it. Some thoughts.
July 3, 2018
Step up and Just Do It
This is me trying something new. This is the audio track to a video podcast that I decided to do. That’s what this episode is about, stepping up and just doing it. Put quality second to actually getting something done and out in to the World. Video version here https://youtu.be/sJGe7Wlp7D8
June 25, 2018
New Hardware is Not The Answer
We all do it, we think getting something new will solve our creative rut or problem. Time for some tough love on ourselves.
May 11, 2018
Is it OK to let software solve your problems?
Some thoughts on whether letting automation is good or bad for creativity. I'm not spoiling it by answering here, you'll just have to listen!
May 7, 2018
Respect the burnout
Creative burnout is a real thing.
April 18, 2018
Draw the line and ship it
Stop picking at it and ship it.
April 4, 2018
Sound Passionate About Your Creative Pursuits.
You love creating and are passionate about your work. But does that come across to others?
April 2, 2018
Social Media as a support or burden?
The benefits and cost of social media. Is it worth the sacrifice?
March 30, 2018
Starting season 2 very soon
New discussions and ideas on leading a creative life and in 2018, coming soon.
February 26, 2018
The importance of communities
How community helps feed creativity
November 21, 2017
Believe in you
Without self belief, we are lost.
October 31, 2017
The Power of Self Motivation
This week I took a staycation and produced a massive amount of creative content.
October 21, 2017
Hidden Creative Block
Creative block can sometimes be caused by the decisions and patterns we create.
October 17, 2017
Creativity can open options.
Allow your creativity to present new opportunities.
October 5, 2017
Enjoy The Medium
Take time to appreciate and explore your medium of choice when creating.
September 26, 2017
The Multitasking Myth
Why Multitasking is not as good for you as you might think.
September 14, 2017
Expanding Skills Through Restriction, set yourself some temporary limitations to really fine tune those skills.
September 13, 2017
Share your love of creativity
It is important to appreciate other artists, so be sure to tell them with these ideas.
September 9, 2017
A couple of ideas to keep those journals interesting.
September 4, 2017
My iPad Creative Writing
I wrote up this week my creative writing process for blogging on the iPad Pro. https://peterwitham.com/development-notes/ipad-pro-workflow-blogging-and-writing/
September 2, 2017
Backup offsite to prevent lose
Tragedy can strike at any time, protect what memories you can now. It is all to easy to leave it until it is too late.
August 31, 2017
Eclipsed by the moment
Sometimes we should just live in the moment and appreciate it rather than try and capture it.
August 22, 2017
Inspired by print
A new print inspires new works.
August 19, 2017
Community for creativity
Community for creativity
August 15, 2017
Always review old work.
Always review old work with a new viewpoint.
August 14, 2017
When should you create?
Knowing when to create is a personal answer, some thoughts on how to find the answer for you.
August 10, 2017
How I live a creative life.
My Creative Life by Example
August 9, 2017