3 Recap Thoughts from Writing a Vulnerable Article
1) Lots of people read it
More people read this article than any of the 15 others. But what does that mean? I’m not really sure.
Did people like the authenticity?
Did they relate to the struggle?
Was my positioning, presentation or marketing better than other releases?
I really don’t know. About 150 people read it but I got very little direct response so I’m not quite sure what to think about it.
2) No one backed the Kickstarter = 🤷🏻♂️
I very directly asked for help by contributing the Kickstarter but no one backed it.
This makes me think that people are interested in reading but not actually helping, which makes sense because most people “want / need help” so why should they “help”. There’s something deep about humanity there, but we’ll leave it for now.
I wonder if it’s financial or just because of the product? Do people not want The Guide? Do they want it but can’t pay for it?
If you want The Guide but can’t pay for it, hit me up and let’s figure it out
3) Was the post a success? Yes
It took about 20ish minute to write JUST THE FACEBOOK POST to release this post. I had so many thoughts surrounding publishing and they didn’t stop once it flew out to the world.
I was overwhelmed with my internal dialogue that arose after releasing it. Thoughts flooded for the entire afternoon. This internal dialogue was kind of unexpected considering I’m focused on not caring what people could think of Common Vandal (art vs selling article coming soon)
But still my mind bombarded me with so many thoughts of what other people were thinking.
It’s an interesting feeling putting yourself out there, vulnerably, and to embrace what happens next.
Publishing this article felt very similar to publishing the Kickstarter. Right after pressing launch I had a flood of understanding, insight and emption.
For that reason I think it’s important to keep putting ourselves in these situations so that we cross that chasm of action, allowing us to look back with a tool bag of lessons we could not have acquired without pressing play.
One jump forward, look back, learn, keep moving.
I’m happy I published.
Did it help? Not directly but I think it positively contributed to making the world a slightly better place and that’s really all I care about.