I’ve been re-reading some of my favourite Austin Kleon books and in ‘Show your work!’ he talks about 10 ways to share your creativity. These are:

  1. You don’t have to be a genius
  2. Think process, not product
  3. Share something small every day
  4. Open up your cabinet of curiousities
  5. Tell good stories
  6. Teach what you know
  7. Don’t turn into human spam
  8. Learn to take a punch
  9. Sell out
  10. Stick around

Kleon encourages people to think about their work as a never-ending process, and to share that process in a way that attracts people to who might be interested in what you do. And although I’m good at sharing my thoughts in person, I’m pretty terrible at putting them down on paper.

I am guilty of having countless half-written blog posts that I lose the confidence to publish, practically finalised slide-decks and stories that I want to share but I’m not sure if people want to hear what I have to say, and stacks of journals brimming with ideas that I desperately need to test out.

Stacie Swift

So, I’m setting myself a goal to be more fearless with putting myself out there, not put pressure on myself to publish perfect ideas, but to enjoy it and practice at getting better. And that’s why this year I’m going to participate in NaBloPoMo [National Blog Post Month] for the first time, and publish 30 blog posts in 30 days. Thanks to Terence and Matt for inspiring me to do this! Here’s Terence’s first NaBloMoPo blog post, and Matt’s. Anyone else taking part?

You can read more about NaBloPoMo here and here. I’ve started a google doc with blog post ideas, let me know if there’s anything you’re curious about.

Design, leadership, open culture, data, ethics, justice. These are my personal thoughts on work.

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