Yesterday, my kids were watching Seseame Street. The episode was about sharing. It made me think about a section of Austin Kleon’s book, Steal Like an Artist, and the idea behind his second book, Show Your Work, which was about learning to share your work or process online.
I’m learning to share my work. This blog is a part of that process. I’ve been getting better at these daily blog posts. Yes, they aren’t exactly daily but I’m writing more than I’ve ever written. Now, I’m thinking about how to share parts of my process on social media.
Even though I write a daily blog post, the idea of sharing is still awkard for me. This has been a long process with the overarching goal of continuing to improve my writing. It’s similar to my goal of giving a speech every week to help improve my public speaking.
Each week, I’m thinking of ways to share my process and work through writing, photos, and videos. It’s helpful for me and my development but I also hope someone else finds this content helpful or motivating.
As my kids are getting older, I’ve been teaching them to share. Before having kids, I think most people don’t think that learning to share is something adults need to work on. That’s one of my favorite parts about being a parent. I’m learning, and rediscovering things I’ve forgotten, as I teach my kids.
The important thing I’ve learned is that it’s just not the person you share something with that benefits. You both benefit.