We’ve all been there. You blink sleepy eyed and decide it’s your bed time. You snuggle into bed, your head hits the pillow, your eyes close…and whoops your brain decides it’s time to charge forward with every creative idea you can muster. You toss and turn, trying every method you know to get to sleep, but in the end you’re stuck awake while your precious sleep hours tick away.
Unfortunately, this sort of temporary insomnia is a detriment. Without proper sleep, your mind fogs over, your body feels sluggish, and ultimately your health is damaged in ways you can’t see. It can be a hard force to combat. However, it is not impossible. As I am currently going through a period of this sleep trouble, I thought now would be an excellent time for me to share my tips with others. Some you’ll have heard, some you won’t have perhaps. Either way, I think it’s a good reminder for anyone that if you put forth the effort, you can make sure you’re getting the right amount of sleep.
Despite the vast amount of communication present in today’s social media world, it is more obvious than ever where deficits in communication skills arise. Additionally so, many people who are great communicators in real life tend to be dangerously lax when online. Regardless of the reasons why, communicating online is not the easiest skill-set for everyone. One wrong communication misstep can lead to hurt feelings at best, or at worst earn you a terrible reputation that will make people avoidant of you. Thus, it is an imperative skill to learn well for your online communication needs.
All this being said, this blog is not about making such statements and then throwing you into the lion’s den. Today, I will be walking you through some really easy steps you can take to make sure that you’re improving, or at least staying on task, for your online communication.
Hey all my blog readers out there! I just wanted to give a belated notice that I will be taking a break from my blog this week. I haven’t had a real break from it since I started the blog, and frankly I need it. This is not to mention that between some real life events and project events going on this week, I am just over-stressed and need to take a time out for my own mental health. I’ll return next week with some new material, hopefully!
Thanks for reading and see you next week~!
Like a lot of people, I suffer from some moderate social anxiety. I have an extreme fear of talking to people on the phone, I freak over minor stuff like having to ask an authority figure a question, and I am the worst interviewer because of how nervous I get. Yet, I am admittedly a lot better than I used to be ten years ago when my social anxiety was extremely crippling. Even when you know your social anxiety is preventing your success, it can be a hard thing to improve upon. However, today I would like to tell you it is possible to work at it and, over time, be less held back by it. Thus, I’m going to give you my personal tips that have helped (and still help) me overcome my problems with social anxiety.
“What am I doing wrong? Why doesn’t my creation have more of an audience?”
These are questions that are often frequent in any industry’s indie sector. No matter what you create, whether it be comics, stories, videos, games, or anything else, there are special challenges that come with being a solo or small-team creator. Oftentimes, indie creators feel that no matter how much work they put into their product, they don’t have enough people consuming their content. This is when those questions start plaguing their minds, and it can lead to some depressing attitudes about future success.
I’m here to tell you that you can succeed when you’ve hit the point where you’re asking these questions. However, in order to be able to succeed, you have to take a very tough and harsh look at your content and how you handle it. Since this can be a scary and intimidating matter, though, today I’m going to walk you through the questions you need to ask yourself. Some of these questions are going to be hard to tackle, and know I mean no particular offense with them. Yet, by working through them you will be better positioned to figure out what you need to do to grow your audience.
How well do you take care of your computer? For creators, this can be an extremely important question to think about. If you’re a digital creator your computer is basically your lifeblood, without which you could not pursue your craft. Even if you’re more traditionally oriented, I imagine you still use your computer and internet in some manner to showcase your works.
As of late I’ve been seeing a lot of creators suffer from computer issues, whether its viruses or the computer just randomly exploding (metaphorically speaking) into non-functionality. What saddens my heart most, however, is that many issues can be prevented if you put some elbow grease into some basic computer maintenance.
However, it occurs to me that many people don’t know where to start exactly in a computer maintenance routine. Even beyond advanced techniques like maintenance scheduling, there’s issues of what tasks to even perform that are a mystery to some. It is with this thought in mind that I want to share with you my seven tips on basic computer maintenance. I personally utilize all these techniques on a routine basis, and it keeps my computers happy and healthy. So, sit back and let me provide you some basic guidelines on how to keep your own computers happy.
Over the weekend, I decided after 4 months of panicked working every day that I would turn it all off and just take some time off. I clocked in many Mass Effect: Andromeda hours, snuggled with blankets, pet cats excessively, and just all around recharged my batteries for a few days. Coming back to work semi more refreshed (though not caught up on tons of sleep I’ve been missing), I was reminded of a fact that seems very true when it comes to indie creators: they’re really bad at taking time off.
Seriously, find any creator and just observe for a while. Eventually they’ll hit a point where they’ll talk about taking time off…and the endless amounts of guilt they feel for not being productive. Maybe you, reader of this post, are one of those people. Even I struggle with this issue a lot. However, taking time off is not only good, it can be essential for better emotional health and creative thinking. As such, today I would like to give you some tips on how you can help yourself take time off. Some of these tips are about changing your mental thinking, and some are designed to help you actually take the time off. Hopefully, you’ll find something of use and can take that mini-vacation you desperately need.
The online sphere is a vast place with people of all skill levels. Some are experienced at their craft and have been doing it for 20+ years. Others are just getting their feet wet. That being said, the internet can be a cruel place where a cult of hating on newbies has formed. Unfortunately, this puts any hobby in a bad place, as it’s the “newbies” who eventually become the experienced people who keep the craft going. Thus, no matter your skill level, hating on the newbies is never good.
Yet, there are subtle ways in which people do not realize that they are discouraging beginners from advancing in any single craft. While I cannot speak for many industries, I can speak for things I see from many experienced artists, as that is where my usual haunt spot is. Art is, unfortunately, not immune to these subtle, discouraging intricacies that do more harm than good. As such, today I would like to talk about these things and give advice on how to avoid turning newbies away from artistic pursuits. My intent is not to call anyone specific out, but simply caution people away from dangerous trends I often see in online conduct.
Though I’m a pretty stringent and organized person, even I’m prone to occasionally taking a break to pursue a sudden, emotional passion. For me, this usually means I’m playing around with MikuMikuDance. MikuMikuDance, for those who are raising their eyebrows, is an animation/dance program that was originally meant to be used to make PVs for Vocaloid characters (hence Miku’s name in the title). However, given its free nature and the robust openness of the program, it has evolved to have a passionate community around it who make all kinds of videos. Some make licensed characters, others make their own characters, some focus on making shareable motions, some focus on making effects, and so on and so forth. There are a billion resources, many provided for free by the community, to allow people to create amazing and creative videos of all sorts.
Given I’m in one of these passionate streaks, today I would like to gush about the program and tell you why you should try it out. It may not be your thing (as blood, sweat, and tears are involved), but for others it may wind up being a rewarding experience. So sit back, and prepare yourself for my love letter to MMD.