"The process of creation is deeply consuming and lined with narcissism... as we share our ideas with our communities, we receive feedback and support."
Scott Belsky writes in the paragraph containing today's quote about the danger of ideas in isolation. He says that if "we forget to spend time articulating (and marketing) our ideas, we become less receptive to criticism..." It's the difference between writing a song and not sharing it with anyone or writing a song and performing it at an open mic.
Or in my case, writing a song and posting it on SoundCloud or releasing an improvised idea inspired by the books I'm reading on the blog. The deeper Jake and I dive into execution, the better it starts to feel when we release something that is incomplete. I mean, sure, this blog post is complete in a way. It has content, it has a purposeful form, it has a platform on which to be read, but I didn't sit down and write an outline for it or organize it in a monthly theme. I just sat down to write it because I'm practicing execution.
One of the biggest lessons I'm learning from Gary V is to document. Document, document, document. Putting out content keeps us in touch with you (hi!), and makes it so that when we contact venues to play, it looks like we're active and important. So even if my content isn't as shiny or cool as I'd like people to think I am, eventually it will be, and it will be even more interesting for me (and maybe you, hi again) to look back on where we started and watch our growth, and witness the ah-ha moments, and to analyze what sorts of aspects turned into a part of the brand's personality and which things we dropped for a good reason or that we dropped and could be reincorporated.
I've made art for myself my whole life. It's just what's fun and interesting for me and organizes the way that I see the world in a tangible way and I like that. So why not see what happens when I share it? So far it's just given me more ideas and a sense of urgency and more curiosity to find out if anybody engages. It's not like I have anything to lose, I mean, I already know I'm a huge dork, and I'm just going to keep making art anyways...
And anyways, I'm usually my worst critic, anyways. Anyways anyways. Always ;)