Now that you’ve learned why sharing your ideas is a good idea, the next step is finding shareable snippets in your day to day process.
How do I find things worth sharing?
Start off by documenting your work process throughout the day. Kleon suggests that at the end of they day’s work, go back through your documentation and find one little piece of your process you can share. Where you are in your process will determine the kind of things you share. If you are in the early stages of a project you might think of sharing your influences and inspirations. If you are in the middle process you could share your methods or work in progress.
According to Kleon daily snippets are better than portfolios, they show what you are working on right now!
How do I go about sharing my daily snippets?
The form your sharing takes doesn’t matter. You could start a blog, send e-mails, tweet, YouTube etc. There is no one size fits all plan. Don’t bother trying to on every platform of social media. Pick and choose based on what you do and the people you are trying to reach.
Kleon says not to worry if what you post isn’t perfect. We often don’t know what is good until we put it in front of other people.
What if my work is copied?
Brilliant! The ideal situation to be in is when your post is copied and spread to every corner of the internet. Don’t post things online that you are not ready for the world to see. Never post anything you wouldn’t be comfortable with your mother or your boss finding.
Sharing is being generous. What you put out there might be useful or entertaining to someone.
I still don’t feel comfortable with sharing my ideas.
If you aren’t ready to share your own work the world, you could always share your personal taste and the work of others.
There are many places to look for things to share:
- Share your inspiration
- What sort of things do you find yourself thinking about?
- What do you read?
- Do you subscribe to anything?
- What websites do you like to visit?
- What movies do you see?
- What kind of art do you enjoy?
- What do you collect?
- What’s inside your scrapbook?
- What do you pin above your desk?
- What do you stick to your fridge?
- Who’s work do you admire?
- Do you have any heroes?
- Who do you follow online?
- Who are the practitioners you look up to in your field?
“Your influences are worth sharing because they clue people in to who you are and what you do – sometimes even more than your own work.” – Austin Kleon.
When you do start sharing inspirations remember to credit the person who’s work you are sharing. By crediting your snippet, you are not only thanking the person for giving you inspiration for your own ideas, it connects you. Who knows? You might meet your hero because you shared their work.
If you would like to learn more about sharing your work, I suggest reading Show Your Work by Austin Kleon.