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.
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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.
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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
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
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.
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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.
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.
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.
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.
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.
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.
Technical or Readable Sites
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
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.
- 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.
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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.
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.
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.
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.
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.
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!
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.
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.
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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.
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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.
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.
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.
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.
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/
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