by Austin Kleon
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Become a documentarian of what you do. Start a work journal: Write your thoughts down in a notebook, or speak them into an audio recorder. Keep a scrapbook. Take a lot of photographs of your work at different stages in your process. Shoot video of you working.
documenting and recording your process as you go along has its own rewards: You’ll start to see the work you’re doing more clearly and feel like you’re making progress. And when you’re ready to share, you’ll have a surplus of material to choose from.
Put yourself, and your work, out there every day, and you’ll start meeting some amazing people.
The best way to get started on the path to sharing your work is to think about what you want to learn and make a commitment to learning it in front of others. Find a scenius, pay attention to what others are sharing, and then start taking note of what they’re not sharing.
Obituaries aren’t really about death; they’re about life. “The sum of every obituary is how heroic people are, and how noble,” writes artist Maira Kalman. Reading about people who are dead now and did things with their lives makes me want to get up and do something decent.
“A lot of people are so used to just seeing the outcome of work. They never see the side of the work you go through to produce the outcome.”
Your daily dispatch can be anything you want—a blog post, an email, a tweet, a YouTube video, or some other little bit of media. There’s no one-size-fits-all plan for everybody
Be open, share imperfect and unfinished work that you want feedback on, but don’t share absolutely everything. There’s a big, big difference between sharing and over-sharing.
Is it something I’d be comfortable with my boss or my mother seeing?”
your stock is best made by collecting, organizing, and expanding upon your flow. Social media sites function a lot like public notebooks—they’re places where we think out loud, let other people think back at us.
You can revisit and flip back through old ideas to see what you’ve been thinking.
For example, a lot of the ideas in this book started out as tweets, which then became blog posts, which then became book chapters. Small things, over time, can get big.
Carving out a space for yourself online, somewhere where you can express yourself and share your work, is still one of the best possible investments you can make with your time.
Social networks are great, but they come and go.
If you’re really interested in sharing your work and expressing yourself, nothing beats owning your own space online, a place that you control, a place that no one can take away from you, a world headquarters where people can always find you.
One little blog post is nothing on its own, but publish a thousand blog posts over a decade, and it turns into your life’s work.
Don’t think of your website as a self-promotion machine, think of it as a self-invention machine.
Fill your website with your work and your ideas and the stuff you care about.
Where do you get your inspiration?
What sorts of things do you fill your head with?
What do you read?
Do you subscribe to anything?
What sites do you visit on the Internet?
What music do you listen to?
What movies do you see?
Do you look at art?
What do you collect?
What’s inside your scrapbook?
What do you pin to the corkboard above your desk? What do you stick on your refrigerator?
Who’s done work that you admire?
Who do you steal ideas from?
Do you have any heroes?
Who do you follow online?
Who are the practitioners you look up to in your field?
We all love things that other people think are garbage. You have to have the courage to keep loving your garbage, because what makes us unique is the diversity and breadth of our influences, the unique ways in which we mix up the parts of culture others have deemed “high” and the “low.”
When you find things you genuinely enjoy, don’t let anyone else make you feel bad about it. Don’t feel guilty about the pleasure you take in the things you enjoy. Celebrate them.
If you share the work of others, it’s your duty to make sure that the creators of that work get proper credit.
If you share the work of others, it’s your duty to make sure that the creators of that work get proper credit. Online, the most important form of attribution is a hyperlink pointing back to the website of the creator of the work. This sends people who come across the work back to the original source. l
If you don’t include a link, no one can click it. Attribution without a link online borders on useless: 99.9 percent of people are not going to bother Googling someone’s name.
What i understand from this chapter is,
we have to be storyteller while sharing our work,
In this chapter author shares the story of some people who picks up the things from flea market at $128 and sells on ebay at around $3200.how? They hire some writers and make stories around products, how and where they found it.
When share some picture, try to tell a story which can connect people with the picture. Humans are good in remembering stories.
Make people better at something they want to be better at.
Teach people processes, techniques, any kind of knowledge come along with your job!
you can share your reading list, any tutorials etc. it can be helpful for others who shares the same interet as yours.
people will feel closer to you when they know what and how you do your work.
reading habits, gather your
remember what you readand stay ahead of the crowd!
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