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.

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Anywhere But Medium

If Medium were more humble, or if they had competition, I would relax about it. But I remember how much RSS suffered for being dominated by Google. And Google was a huge company and could have afforded to run Google Reader forever at a loss. Medium is a startup, a well-funded one for sure, but they could easily pivot and leave all the stories poorly served, or not served at all. I’m sure their user license doesn’t require them to store your writing perpetually, or even until next week.

This article makes a really interesting point about how your content being held in an eco-system like Medium isn’t a good thing.

Personally, I use places like Medium and Pulse for their discoverability in aid of pointing more people towards this blog. Given the points raised in this post, I think that’s probably the best way of using these kinds of services.

Read more.

Via DF.

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.

My One Year of Blogging Since the Your Turn Challenge

For those of you who don’t know, things really kicked off when I took part in the Your Turn Challenge – a 7 day long challenge put on by Seth Godin to inspire a group of like-minded individuals to learn the art of shipping everyday.

You can learn more here.

And, it’s been a year since I took part. It’s time to review what I have shipped in that time.

The Footsteps of Madmen Podcast

It’s been a little slow going due to the fact I produced this arse about face. You definitely can’t write a horror story faster than you can narrate and produce it. This led to major production delays.

My bad. But, the project is still alive and I learned a ton of lessons in podcast production.

More episodes will be coming as these characters are very much alive and will form a major series of writing from me.

The Blog

I quickly outgrew the confines of Tumblr. It was great for me farting about, but the real work, and the real exposure came from my move to WordPress. This seems like a great platform for exposure and having the right tools to enable a blog to thrive.

The Positive Pragmatist blog continues to have engaged readers. This is a great avenue for me to help others move through life. It’s not easy and the more I can help people, the better I feel about myself in the world, and the more that I learn about myself.

Thanks to the you, my dear reader.

Subscriber List

I started an email list, which turned more into a way to share blog articles. I didn’t like that much.

I’m now only using the list as a way to share my valuable content. My aim is to ensure that my content is free to the end user, and I’ll figure out the monetisation model as we go along (I’m thinking of sponsorship, but more on that later). So, the list is a way of tracking uptake and giving me a safe route to share my valuable content in a way that allows for fan engagement.

I Published a Book

Actually, it’s a relaunch.

I originally published my debut horror / fantasy novel through Amazon. I wasn’t too happy with the platform and too many people seemed to not have a Kindle, or know you can have the app for free.

So, I decided to follow the advice that Seth Godin said nobody does. Share your first book with at least 100 people and allow them to do what they like with it.

So, I decided to share it with over 500 people instead. Let’s see what happens.

The book is totally free to the reader, and you are more than welcome to send it to friends.

I’d love to know what you think. Subscribe above and you will receive your free, do what you like with it (ie. share it), copy in your email hole. At the time of writing, it’s not released yet. Watch this space though, because it’s coming faster than you know.

Lifestyle

I came to understand that I live my life in a particular way. It’s not perfect, but there is a framework to it.

I call it the Positive Pragmatist approach to life. I’m putting my thoughts on this together in what will be a small book, Becoming the Positive Pragmatist

This has been important for me to understand the things I do, and why I do them. My life can cause me some frustrations, but it’s working for me. I think you could get a lot from the lessons I have learned, and the frustrations I face.

Focus On My Health

I started to work out more regularly and to eat better.

It’s not been a perfect ride, but I’m getting better. I have certainly lost weight, and put on some muscle where there wasn’t much.

The project continues. I’m first focussing on getting strong, and then fit. A recent run through the park showed me how bad my fitness has gotten to. I might also have a mild case of asthma returning. I’m wondering if I can fight that through fitness.

2016

It’s a new year, my aim is to keep on this path, to continuing growing myself, my platform, and to bring value to the world. I’m embracing what I do in my day job with what I do outside of work. Since I started doing that in September, I have found nothing but positive outcomes.

We hold ourselves back, but we envy those who put themselves out there.

Well, in 2016, I’m putting myself out there.

I’m returning to my roots in photography, and will be taking Instagram and YouTube seriously. Expect a lot of slowmo and timelapse work, as well as awesome photography. You can find me on Instagram and my YouTube Channel as KG_Heath. It’s all about creating, and shipping.

Keep shipping, every day.

KG Heath is a healthcare technology professional, horror author, podcaster, and self-improvement blogger. You can get his debut novel free here.

Changes To The Blog – More Posts

I have a reading list of blogs that I circulate most days, hoovering up the new blog posts. I get a little sad face when there isn’t a new post. When there is a long hiatus, I find myself not checking that particular blog as much. 

Because I read so many blogs and news websites, I get quite a reading list in Instapaper. I tend to have a thought or two about most of the articles I read.

I have thought about the frequency of posts to the blog, and not been happy that I don’t post as regularly as I would like.  So, over the last few days, I started to share some articles with my thoughts added. 

I have seen an instant increase in the amount of daily traffic coming from search engines and from WordPress. The links I have shared are in keeping with the main theme of this blog: finding your full potential in life, love, and work. 

My conclusion? My audience likes it when I post more and share links they would be interested in. Just because you run a blog it doesn’t mean you have to come up with the topics yourself. Blogs should also allow ideas to spread. 

The Positive Pragmatist blog will continue to be a mix of original writing from me, with an increased amount of link shares, always with my thoughts attached and how that article will help you to live a life full of continued growth and achievement. 

Let me know your thoughts in the comments. 

Update: GPEynon in the comments made a good point about subscribers to the blog. You’ll get an inbox full of posts. In light of this, I will be careful about the amount of posts sent per day and ensure they are all meaningful. 

Becoming A Master Shipper – It’s All About Batching And Scheduling Your Work

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Our entrepreneurial idols show up every day and every week. They are relentless in their ability to constantly ship one blog post, one podcast episode, one more product. How do they do it, are they hurriedly getting ready to ship that day?

Often they are, but they are also working smarter by batching their work.

I’ve spent a few weeks talking less about how to do more, and focussing on bouncing back from failures and finding some peace. But, it’s time we continue learning to step up and ship.

Because, that’s what matters. If you’re not utilising the skills of relaxation and rebooting to enable you to increase your capacity to do more, then you’re missing the point. You’re slipping into procrastination.

But, just because you need time to recharge, doesn’t mean you need to stop looking like you’re shipping.

It can be very difficult to muster the creative juices to a schedule. Instead, when you’re imagination is firing on all cylinders, you need to start squeezing every last bit of creativity out of yourself.

Writing a blog post, but got an idea for two more? Write them and then schedule them in your chosen content management system (CMS) across a few days. The outside world gets their fix, and you look like a real hound of productivity. But, maybe that was an afternoon’s work.

Recording a podcast? Record two of them, or more. This helps with scheduling the rest of your hosts, and ensures you meet your schedule. I should have completely written all of Footsteps of Madmen and sat and recorded several episodes. Oh well. At least I showed up.

Crafting something for sale? Don’t stop at one thing, make loads and you’ll have plenty of glass painted thingy-ma-jigs to sell.

In summary, maximise your productivity, and then use scheduling and other means to spread your publishing and inventory over a wider period.

Get a Free Ebook – Sign Up to the Ding Ding Newsletter

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A couple of weeks ago, I said that I would be sending out my debut novel, Song of the Universe, free to all of my email subscribers. But, I haven’t done that yet.

Well, I’m still going to do it, but I wanted to give this a little more time so that more subscribers could come on board. I am adamant that I want to value and reward my true fans, and I see those true fans to be my friends in the email list.

So, if you would like to join my growing community of fans, subscribe to the Ding Ding Newsletter to receive the latest updates, freebies, and more.

Have a beautiful week.