Why You Should Document Your Creative Journey

These past few weeks on my blog, I have focused a lot more than usual on providing case studies of my latest work. The “What am I gonna write about” question has a much easier answer than a lot of people realize. Write about what you do and how you do it. Document your journey.

Gary Vaynerchuk talks about this a lot. The way he pumps out content on a consistent basis serves as a constant inspiration.

You’ll be surprised to see, once you start creating content, how much that will impact the people around you. Creating a wealth of content surrounding what you’re good at and passionate about will fulfill you, help others, and build your brand in an authentic way. A lot of people think you have to reach a certain level of skill or acclaim to start making content. You really just need to start. Lay the first brick of your great body of work.

For the longest time, I was too intimidated to start a weekly blog. I saw the quality of other people’s blogs and didn’t think I was good enough to write one. One day I just had to commit to starting. I want to encourage everyone I know to do the same. It’s not about releasing perfect content every time. Don’t be crippled by the pursuit of perfection. Focus on your passion and desire to deposit positive content into the world. The vast majority of people in the world are consumers only, not creators. Taking the first step immediately pushes you into a new, more ambitious space.

Document yourself learning and practicing your craft. I continue to be impressed with my friend Janessa Smith and her journey to become a great visionary. I invited her to contribute to my Medium publication, Touch of Gold. She’s providing all of us a window into her creative journey. Janessa is also building her portfolio by doing and capturing her progress.

The by-products of starting and maintaining include: becoming an authority, being seen as a resource, and inspiring others to take action and start themselves.

Our deepest fear is not that we are inadequate. Our deepest fear is that we are powerful beyond measure. It is our light, not our darkness that most frightens us. Your playing small does not serve the world. There is nothing enlightened about shrinking so that other people won’t feel insecure around you. We are all meant to shine as children do. It’s not just in some of us; it is in everyone. And as we let our own lights shine, we unconsciously give other people permission to do the same. As we are liberated from our own fear, our presence automatically liberates others”

Coach Carter (2005) variant of Marianne Williamson quote

Shine like only you can and bring others into your brilliant light.

~b.