For the past two months, things have been really quiet for me. Quiet enough that I’ve been able to turn off the email notifications on my phone and it hasn’t affected my ability to reply to important emails in a prompt manner. (part of that initiative is to free up more continuous blocks of time where I have fewer interruptions)
I can’t figure out whether I should see this lull in my work as a positive or negative signal. On one hand, part of me finds the lull unnerving, and worries that it represents a lack of progress on my part. There hasn’t been any concrete progress several areas I’ve been targeting for a while, there has been radio silence from several people I’ve been trying to get through to, and no new opportunities have arisen.
On the other hand, my partner Tom reminded me the other day where we were two years ago: we were in the process of preparing to launch the Artprof.org, and there were so many fires that had to be put out nearly every day. At the time I felt like I was barely able to keep my head above the water.
The first year of the site was pretty rocky. We had very little content on Artprof.org, especially when it came to the video tutorials when we launched the site. Not only did we have to produce lots of content quickly to beef up the site, but we kept troubleshooting different formats and presentations for that content. The changes were ongoing, felt endless, and required many rounds of feedback and testing to figure out.
I have to remind myself that there is a comfort in the stability we’ve achieved. (only took 2 years!) We have enough video tutorials that the diversity of content we’ve always aimed for fairly well represented. There are still many basics missing like watercolor, anatomy, and linear perspective, but we will get there!
Our progress is incremental, but definitely growing everyday, and the numbers are there. I’ve noticed that we are getting more and more comments on our YouTube channel, and the number of subscribers we get everyday keeps rising.
I think the problem is that you only tend to hear stories of people who have these meteoric rises, when really, those stories are the rare exceptions. It’s much, much more common for projects to grow bit by bit. (I was surprised to hear that it took some time for Kickstarter to get going)
Trouble is, those stories don’t tend to get as much visibility since let’s face it, it’s just a lot less romantic to hear about a long hard slog. Hearing about the people who rocket into success practically overnight is just more exciting and impressive.