Slow and Steady

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Austin Kleon says that sharing something small everyday is more important than showing the "big stuff" once in a blue moon.

In chapter 3 of his book, "Show Your Work", Kleon shows how putting some small piece of work out daily keeps you as a creator on other people's radar. Basically, people are busy and they forget you and me exist. Kind of. (Not really. But mostly.) So we remind them.
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My dad is a fairly successful blogger and is working on his first book, and one thing he always tells me is that quality is important, but consistency is even more important. You have to get into a routine so that people beginning expecting work from you, and even seeking it out. I wonder if my father ever read Kleon's book...

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I tend to be an all-or-nothing kind of person, but I’m learning that slow consistency is more important. I want to start doing what Kleon is saying, sharing more of my photos on Facebook and Instagram, and eventually (this summer!) I want to create a personal website/portfolio.

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clscott's picture

I agree with both sides. I

I agree with both sides. I don't like showing my work if I see an error that I think could be noticeable by others. At the same time, people on shows like Dancing with the Stars and The Celebrity Apprentice are people who were all the hype some time ago, but they aren't anymore. Shawn Johnson has been on both shows in the time since she competed at the Olympics, and Aly Raisman and Nastia Liukin have been on DWTS. When you're not in the spotlight, you have to find some way to remind people that you exist so you can show them what you have to say. For example, Shawn Johnson started The Body Department, where she and her friends share healthy recipes and fun exercises so people can take better care of their bodies. How many people would know she did that if she just faded out of the spotlight after the Olympics?

maisyjoe's picture

Putting out one small piece

Putting out one small piece of work a day seems so daunting because I often feel like I don't "do" or make anything worth sharing, but Kleon really puts it into perspective. I enjoyed your blog

maisyjoe's picture

Putting out one small piece

Putting out one small piece of work a day seems so daunting because I often feel like I don't "do" or make anything worth sharing, but Kleon really puts it into perspective. I enjoyed your blog