I few weeks ago I read, made lots of scribbles and folded lots of pages over, then reread Show Your Work by Austin Kleon.

Best Books - my top 5 from 2015, Show Your Work, Austin Kleon

I love this guy. He does a great weekly email about what he’s found in the week and I even own a jumper of his first book; Steal Like an Artist.

He’s basically an artist with good ideas around creativity and getting yourself out there. This book, in particular, is about the latter: How to share what you are working on; and, get yourself known in a non-narcissistic manner.

I first wrote about it years ago in Best Books – my top 5 from 2015, but I found it hard going because, I wasn’t working on anything. My focus back then was to get contracts with brands and I rarely wrote about what I truly loved. I didn’t know what I loved and I didn’t have time.

These days I’m working on a few passion projects.

The first is creative writing, which I talked about a couple of weeks ago. I’m taking a course which has inspired me to get back on with writing the Kids’ Book I started last year.

The second is a non-fiction book about my take on Motherhood and Balance.

The third is our home and doing it up.

And, I am genuinely working on at least one of these (mainly 1 and 3) everyday. But I’m struggling to actually Show my Work to anyone else – you guys.

So, as a started for 10 and a reminder to myself, I wanted to share my favourite bits from Show Your Work.

Show Your Work – my takeaways

Scenius

One of the first things Austin talks about is Scenius (a mashup of Scene and Genius) and the idea that we are not an island. It’s important to get connected, talk to other people about what you’re doing so you can get feedback. And also, see what they are doing in return and give feedback.

Amateur

Always aim to be an amateur because they work for love and to learn.

Get online

“If your work isn’t online, it doesn’t exist.” Austin Kleon

Find your voice by sharing your work and what you care about.

Urgency

Read obituaries every morning – take inspiration from the great lives of those before us and gain some urgency – we will all die one day!

Process NOT Product

Process is everything – share it so more people can connect with you and your work, and therefore hopefully buy the finished product.

Let yourself be ‘really seen’ says Brene Brown

This is nice for the perfectionists among us! If you are sharing the process, it can’t be perfect, it can only be a work in progress.

90% of what we do is crap – Sturgeon’s law.

You can do this by documenting what you do. Everyday you can shape what you’ve done and make it into a little story on it’s own.

Show Your Work - Austin Kleon

“Share something small every day”

I find this hard!! He says to set a timer for 30 minutes and find something to share from the day using the Dribbble question…

“What are you working on?”

Look at what you have done today towards your work – research, inspiration, writing etc. etc. and share a little something from that everyday.

What we share should be helpful or entertaining.

We also don’t always know what is going to work or what is an interesting concept either so if you like it, just put it out there!

When “you learn something, turn around and teach it to others. Share your reading list”.

Don’t just Show!

Listen and read, read, read. Be a fan.

And on that note, only read, talk to and talk about the people/stuff you love.

‘I really like saying yes…trying something, even when it’s corny or stupid’ Dave Eggers.

Stay ambitious, busy and thinking bigger. But DO NOT do more of the stuff you don’t want to do, even if it comes with more money.

‘Work is never finished, only abandoned.’ Paul Valery

So, for a while there my blog was abandoned…but I’m working on bringing it back to life and sharing what I care about.

It might not be about Motherhood so much anymore but I still identify with Mums’ Days and, whatever happens, whatever I talk about or whatever I’m working on, I’m still a mother. According to Austin, it’s OK for your blog to change with you over time.

“Share what you love, and the people who love the same things will find you.” Austin Kleon

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