So I'm going to get up to speed, that is the plan and I'm sticking to it, yet I'm going to admit that it feels daunting. For one I've got a set of goals that I feel should be easy to achieve.
- Write an article at least once a week.
- Produce an illustration once a week.
Easy, a good start and one I think I should be able to do, the illustration and article can go together which helps knock out two birds with one stone. The art side of things hasn't been too difficult but the article writing has been an interesting challenge. I feel opinionated today and do I really want to be going off about my opinions on things?
An artist opinion is certainly a important part of their personality but it can also alienate them from some audiences. There was this one writer on Twitter the other day that had a very strong political opinion and it caused me to tilt my head, he was just so open about a hotly debated topic that my gut reaction was to respond. I didn't mainly because I felt in the end that wasn't what the writer was asking. He was stating his opinion, there wasn't any point to arguing it with him. Now his audience may respect and flock to him because they share the same values but that got me thinking, who do I want to target my articles to?
No... that isn't the right question, more it should be who will be attracted to my opinion? We're not talking about the trolls in the world, but the people who are left afterward. If I find myself ranting about people who annoy me, would I then find myself surrounded by people who are annoyed with the world? I'm not annoyed with the world, but earlier today one of the drafts I was working on was about someone who I felt was unprofessional, just a very bad people person. I didn't publish the peace because I felt it portrayed me as a bad people person.
I don't want to be be that, I like people and so I pushed away from the article and actually up and deleted it. Instead I tried to write an opinion peace on what I thought about something with a cultural perspective, and it felt judgmental... ok I am judgmental but I tend to keep it to myself. I'm not aiming to be a personality that throws out slurs down-casting others who I disagree with, everyone is entitled to their opinion.
Really in the end this just ends up being a rant about the thoughts that can cloud me from doing what I plan on doing. Thinking through things to a ridiculous degree and getting nowhere fast. Thankfully I have a process to overcome all this, and that is to just say, "Who cares?" Then I can move on and hit publish and realize, that is how you get things done. You do it and learn from what happens. You can sulk and hide yourself in a corner but that isn't going to get you anywhere. So with that, I will once again, hit publish.