One year ago today, I started Happenchance: Creative Techniques for Creative People. After three designs, a couple disasters, and a lot of back-of-the-envelope brainstorming, I feel like I’ve built a rockin’ resource for people who create things great and small. My reasons for starting the blog shall remain shrouded in mystery, but just know that writing for you has been great fun…and one hell of a learning experience.
In the past year, I’ve published 58 posts from 5 countries and two continents. Traffic is growing and more people are subscribing.
Any commemorative occasion calls for some kind of retrospective. Today is no different. So, to answer the question that’s on everyone’s mind…
What Have I Learned?
More than I can remember. Seriously. The question is too broad. Let’s say ‘what have I learned about creating stuff?’ That’s easier to answer, and more relevant to the mission of this blog. Here goes…
2. Idea capture is everything. When you capture lots of ideas (bad and good), you have the luxury of selecting the best.
3. Talk is cheap. Results matter. Ideas are nothing but hot air…until you pump that air into a balloon and let it fly.
6. Hard work is underrated. Thanks to my former South Korean students for this lesson.
7. The perfect time is now. Not tomorrow. Not next year. Now.
If you want to get a better idea of what Happenchance is all about (and the preceeding wasn’t enough for you), check out my page for new visitors.
What Comes Next?
Long range: The same as before, only better. I’ll continue to provide you with useful, high-quality (if occasionally infrequent) content. I’m also developing a couple of excellent products, but the deadline is still pretty far out. I want to take my time on them in order to really make them shine.
Short range: The next post will be an exploration of creativity and some common myths surrounding it. Look for that within the next few days.
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