Step up and show your work

Show Your Work! by Austin Kleon
Show Your Work! by Austin Kleon

All of us have projects.

We write, we take pictures, we create music…but we are shy to share that work with an audience.

Austin Kleon says

Crafting something is a long uncertain process. A maker should show her work.

In 211 pages and 10 chapters, Kleon describes step by step how to put your creations in the public eye through the use of the Internet.

His first chapter strongly states that you don’t have to be a genius. All you need is process. Results are not the main focus. This point in particular is the core essence of Show Your Work! That mindset can actually help you track your daily progress as you think less about becoming famous or going viral.

The matter of time can be a factor that stops you from crafting your art everyday. You have to work, or study, or take care of your children, or feed the dog and so on.

Still, it’s important to share a little something everyday through a tweet, a picture or a blog post. Small steps will turn into great habits.

On the other hand, Kleon suggests to tell good stories instead of becoming human spam. You might be excited about your content, but that doesn’t mean you’re going to pester online communities to ask for likes or retweets.

According to the author,

“Follow me back?” is the saddest question on the Internet.

Show Your Work! is highly recommended to start promoting yourself through social media. It’s the kind of book you can easily read in one day.

Once you’re done, you’ll want to get to work immediately.

Photo by Alicia Barreto Jaime

Admiring someone you used to dislike

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I used to dislike Yoko Ono.

Yes, I blamed her for making John Lennon go solo.

Yes, I used to think she had no talent at all and that she was famous just because of that relationship with him.

Last year, I was in the bookstore and spotted her latest book Acorn. I felt curious about it and decided to buy it without reading any page beforehand.

I started reading it in my room…and I couldn’t stop.

“This is a masterpiece”, I told myself once I was done.

Her poems and drawings are deep and meaningful. She made me look at the sky in angles I didn’t know existed.

She made me observe the environment I create in my own room.

Thanks to that book I have better ideas on how to enjoy a rainy day and became more interested in recording the sound of laughter.

Acorn is the kind of book you need to face an unfriendly world. It’s a guide to keep your mind healthy and practice introspection.

It’s a great book to enjoy on a Sunday morning with coffee and a great companion to survive any busy hour during the week.

On the other hand, this artistic work portrays the real Yoko Ono, the woman who had to deal with haters that accused her of breaking The Beatles.

Every word reveals deep feelings, deep thoughts. Every complete poem talks about someone who has gone through an emotional roller coaster and dared to write about it.

Your opinion on Yoko Ono will change after reading Acorn. I know it happened to me.

Image credit: Dr Case at flickr.com with some rights reserved.