Why Nobody Cares – The Pain of Creation

For creators, there is a sad truth. Just because you made something does not mean anyone will care.

Whether it’s a YouTube channel, an Instagram account of amazing artwork, or a blog. Do not assume a throng of people will come, just because you completed the art of creation.

Does that mean we shouldn’t create? No, you must.

Why No One Cares

I said in my interview on the Build Your Platform podcast with Andy Stitt, your friends and family can’t be relied upon to be your first loyal audience. They will either dissuade you from the act of creation, or will not engage with your creation.

Is it because they are heartless bastards who want you to suffer in a pit of your own despair? No. They have their own lives and have no idea of your pride, or excitement in what you have made. Maybe they don’t like that kind of thing.

You also can’t expect the world to come running to your YouTube channel, or whatever else creative portal. Expect to be shouting into the void. You’ll be doing that because there is too much shiny out there, and these platforms are designed to support those who are popular, because the community endorses them, or the algorithms understand their work enough to promote with the confidence the audience will like them.

It’s also the artists journey, to at first make when no one is watching, to never give up until the world comes running.

Why You Should Create

If you have a talent, whether it is singing, photography, writing, painting, etc, then you should utilise that skill. You should hone it, and you should let it free into the world.

But, you cannot allow vanity to get in the way. Likes and followers allow for some instant gratification, but your work is not about them.

Creation is about letting your ideas free, to make something only you could have made and to share that with others.

But, it’s also about helping and connecting with others. Meet up with, or connect online, with other creators. Remember, YouTube, Instagram etc are social networks, so engage with others.

We need to fully explore the topic of platform building in more depth, but creation, broadcasting, is not enough. The future is about engaging.

In short, the tl;dr, is this:

Create like nobody cares.

Get Your FREE Copy of My Debut Book

 It’s here, it’s finally here.

I’ve decided to give away my debut novel for you to enjoy, totally free.

I’m also happy for you to share this with friends, family, and colleagues. If you don’t like it, but someone else will, then bring them the joy of having this book.

What’s it about? Well here is the synopsis.

Amidst the murders and disappearances of children in a small town, five peoples’ lives will join together as they are taken beyond the limits of our own world.

Shaun Osborne awakens in a cell. Strange symbols have been drawn on the walls of his cell. They look like no language he has ever seen before. He has no idea how he got here, or what he has done.

It is not the first time he has lost time. But, the Faceless Man was supposed to take all of this pain away.

Detective Gin Sodan has a terrible past, one he thought he could leave behind him. He will come to realise that those horrors are not over.

He has left much undone.

I’m thrilled to share this with you. It’s been about nine years in the works, but I’m ready to set this project free.

This is Book 1 in a series of books called the Spire Series.

To get your free copy you just need to go here and enter your email address.

Please let me know what you think in the comments, or provide links to any book reviews you do.

Thanks so much to all of you who have joined me on this crazy ride. Here’s to the next chapter, dear readers.

Why Is A Convicted Criminal A Source of Fitness Advice?

When you’re locked in a small cell with little to do, it’s amazing how inventive you can be about getting fit and building muscle. 

I’m a big believer in bodyweight exercises and fitness on the cheap.

This article has some great exercise ideas you can trust – from a criminal. 

Besides a few brief stints of freedom, notorious British criminal and troublemaker Charles Salvador (better known as Charles Bronson) has been serving time since 1974. During these decades behind bars, and often confined to isolation, Bronson has become a fitness fanatic, creating workout programs that require only his bodyweight and a few odd objects. His extreme regimen has given him near-superhuman strength — he claims to be able to do 172 push-ups in 60 seconds, pick up a pool table by himself, and bend a steel prison cell door with his bare hands. He’s set many prison fitness records as well, including one for most push-ups in an hour: 1,727.

Read the full article.