When I was at college studying Art and Design, as part of one of my graphic design projects I researched the late graphic designer Saul Bass. As I was searching though his back catalogue of block-like, clean edged film title designs and motion picture title sequences, I stumbled across a quote of his that has stuck with me though the years and has never felt more relevant.
As I come to launch this website and blog from a private works to a public one, I am scared. I am scared no one will like my work or follow me on twitter. I am scared that I have put so much hard work into this website that in the end, what if I don’t get any comments? What have I really done it for? I get overwhelmed and panicked and seriously think about forgetting it all and going for a nap. I stress that I won’t be able to keep up with the postings at the same time as create my work. But, then why did I start this? To get thousands of followers? To get comments coming out of my ears? To become blog famous? No. No I didn’t.
I started the idea of this blog for my own enjoyment. I started it to have a log of my work, my crafts, my adventures.
If people follow it then fabulous darling, I’ll get the kettle on, let’s have a natter. But if they don’t? I still get to create beautiful things…even if nobody cares.
And this calms my scary alter-ego bossy pants voice into silence. In to peaceful contentment. If I gain friends through this blog and find fellow minded Buttoneers then I am excited, but if I don’t, I will not give up. If I get traffic from here to my future Etsy store where I will sell my creations, then I am ecstatic, but if I don’t, I will not give up.
I have to believe I can do this too. I need to believe that it will take time to make things to add to my Etsy store. It will take time to keep up with posting blog stories and updating my website. It will take time to get where I want to be. But who’s counting? The only deadlines I have are in my head. The only worries I have are my own making. So here’s to moving forward without pressure. Here’s to enjoying each moment. Here’s to savouring every small step or giant leap. Because to be honest…I love to make beautiful things…even if nobody cares.
Did anyone have similar fears? How did you overcome them?
Meet me for a chat with a cup of tea in the comments – I’ll click the kettle on!