The Life Creative

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By Peter Witham
Discussing a life of creativity. Everything from Photography and Software Development to Blogging and Crafting. I try to help you get the most from your creative time.

Everybody creates something, it's what we do as humans. Let's try and make the most it.
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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.
13:45
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.
06:34
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.
06:28
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.
06:24
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.
06:32
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
14:25
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.
16:20
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.
06:59
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.
05:25
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.
03:24
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.
03:13
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.
04:20
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.
03:02
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!
02:38
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
03:38
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.
05:00
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.
06:22
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.
08:21
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.
01:53
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.
02:16
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.
01:52
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.
01:26
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.
01:10
March 28, 2019
Hackathon Experience
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.
04:18
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.
01:08
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.
01:07
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.
01:05
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.
00:57
February 14, 2019
Mid Week Minute of Creativity: Choices
This week I want you to think about the choices you make when creating.
01:06
February 7, 2019
Midweek minute of creativity
How to bring back that spark.
02:12
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.
01:04
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.
04:37
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
04:41
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.
02:26
December 29, 2018
Forget perfection
Forget perfection, it is a moving target that is a waste of time. Here's why.
05:37
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.
04:50
December 12, 2018
Don't trash yourself for bigger numbers
Making trash just to get a big audience is wrong.
06:00
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.
02:49
December 5, 2018
The Negative Why
Face head on those things you avoid. But first ask why you avoid them.
04:30
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.
02:52
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
08:01
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/
06:17
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.
05:24
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.
02:16
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.
01:58
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
04:05
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.
02:51
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!
02:34
May 7, 2018
Respect the burnout
Creative burnout is a real thing.
03:29
April 18, 2018
Draw the line and ship it
Stop picking at it and ship it.
04:47
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?
04:07
April 2, 2018
Social Media as a support or burden?
The benefits and cost of social media. Is it worth the sacrifice?
07:16
March 30, 2018
Starting season 2 very soon
New discussions and ideas on leading a creative life and in 2018, coming soon.
00:21
February 26, 2018
The importance of communities
How community helps feed creativity
03:35
November 21, 2017
Believe in you
Without self belief, we are lost.
01:32
October 31, 2017
The Power of Self Motivation
This week I took a staycation and produced a massive amount of creative content.
02:26
October 21, 2017
Hidden Creative Block
Creative block can sometimes be caused by the decisions and patterns we create.
02:12
October 17, 2017
Creativity can open options.
Allow your creativity to present new opportunities.
01:38
October 5, 2017
Enjoy The Medium
Take time to appreciate and explore your medium of choice when creating.
03:07
September 26, 2017
The Multitasking Myth
Why Multitasking is not as good for you as you might think.
02:28
September 14, 2017
Expanding Skills
Expanding Skills Through Restriction, set yourself some temporary limitations to really fine tune those skills.
01:58
September 13, 2017
Share your love of creativity
It is important to appreciate other artists, so be sure to tell them with these ideas.
00:58
September 9, 2017
Creative Journaling
A couple of ideas to keep those journals interesting.
02:39
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/
01:02
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.
01:11
August 31, 2017
Eclipsed by the moment
Sometimes we should just live in the moment and appreciate it rather than try and capture it.
01:14
August 22, 2017
Inspired by print
A new print inspires new works.
01:59
August 19, 2017
Community for creativity
Community for creativity
01:44
August 15, 2017
Always review old work.
Always review old work with a new viewpoint.
01:28
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.
03:45
August 10, 2017
How I live a creative life.
My Creative Life by Example
03:57
August 9, 2017
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