If you missed it, yesterday I shared an interview with Robert Chapman who is 134 days into his year of creative habits. Each month this year, I've interviewed someone who is on this journey with me. Here's a quick recap:
- January - Dawn Rogal (and an update here.)
- February - Jane George
- March - Thaddaeus Moody
- April - Stefanie Seltner
- May - Hillary Patrick
- June - Amanda Etches
- July - Connie Luebbert
- August - Rachele Alexander
- September - Katie McPherson
- October - Lew Su Ann
- November - Kierstan Betancourt
- December - Robert Chapman
These conversations have turned out to be one of my favorite parts of this project. It's been so cool to see how we have such similar struggles but such different approaches in doing the work. The outcomes are so different yet our experiences are so often the same.
When I chose someone to interview, I tried to pick people who were creating and sharing every single day because that's the basic idea behind the year of creative habits project. It wasn't important to me if they did it for a few months or a whole year, as long they created and shared daily for an extended period of time.
Through these conversations, I've learned some important things about sharing your work. Sharing was one of the rules I set for myself in the very beginning but has become a rule that lately I've questioned the importance of. For the majority of those that I interviewed, sharing their work became their system for accountability.
Sharing is proof of completion. The work has a timestamp for that day. Soon the days start to add up like the X's on a chain. Over time, many of the people that I interviewed gained new followers.
If you want to increase the number of followers that you have on any social media, the easiest way is to simply share something every single day.
To have others waiting for their share gave them even more accountability. They didn't want to let anyone down.
Then as I'm discovering myself and I also talked with Kierstan about, you have to find ways to avoid burn out. You can't focus on likes or comments. Instead remain focused on the reason you began in the first place. Allow yourself to change the rules along the way but keep sharing. For me, sharing is:
- my accountability system
- a collection of my work
- a way to see my progress by looking at the number (quantity) and my improvement over time (quality)
- a way to connect with other creatives
So while some days I question the importance of this little piece of the puzzle, I know that without the sharing part, the whole project wouldn't have turned out the same. And in the end, I'm pretty happy with the results.