Men at Work…
As I noted on my own blog the other day, while doing a bit of cleanup, I updated the main template for this site and my site and wiped out all of the custom artwork. So, I have no idea what you’re seeing here today, but if you refresh it, you’ll see still something else that totally doesn’t relate to the blog, either. Oh, well.
This leads to an obvious question: What to do with Creative Independence, anyway? We have a website that needs some TLC in the way of upgrades, art and new content. There are two podcasts that continue to average 400 downloads per month even though we haven’t published anything in almost two years. We have a twitter account and a LinkedIn group that I don’t have time to visit. I think there may be a Facebook page out there, too. Podcast listings at a half-dozen podcast directories including iTunes keep folks visiting our almost ghost town of a web presence.
Where non-C.I. work is concerned, as you may know from my previous posts over on my personal blog, http://aithene.net/, I’m starting up some personal projects. As for Bob, I can tell you with great enthusiasm that he has been doing some terrific stuff with Carlos Castellanos over at Drawn By Success http://drawnbysuccess.com/ and as a teaching artist, check out http://BobOstrom.com/. The problem is, neither of us are pushing forward on Creative Independence.
Not wanting to speak directly for Bob, I can tell you that for me personally, the issue looks like this: at the time Bob and I made the switch from Answers for Freelancers! to Creative Independence, it was because I felt (and I think Bob did, too) that I was all set with the whole freelancing thing and found myself at a place in my career where I needed to start exploring and understanding other business avenues other than “will draw for money”. So, for the next several years, we read, explored, interviewed, asked questions and had conversations around the topic of taking your skills and ideas and creating different types of businesses with them. And I think we learned a lot and did our best to share that knowledge with our listeners along the way. Eventually, however, I was beginning to see that there was one large problem in my way. Between the day job and the time it was taking us to produce the podcast, I had no time to actually put any of this new knowledge to use. In essence, I found myself talking a lot, but not doing very much.
Turns out it didn’t matter much, either way, since in January of 2010, my family suffered a derailment that stopped just about all side activity for a while. I had to walk away from Creative Independence, though I assumed that Bob and I would pick up right where we left off not too long after that. I was wrong. I just had no idea what my life would require from me, and Bob, being the trooper and serial entrepreneur that he is, has continued moving forward in other projects he was working on.
And so, we find ourselves here. I have no more desire to put myself in the position I was in before 2010. I have projects I want to work on without sidelining them with a podcast where I talk about what I could be doing, rather than working on them. I’ve contacted Bob, and we’ve spent some time talking about what we might do. We’ve made a few decisions and will be sharing them with you over the next month or two as we make some changes and adjustments to these sites and the show. One way or another, there will be a site, a direction, and, Lord willing, at least one more episode of C.I., because its only right, you know? We never even got to say ‘Excuse us for a moment!’ while we took care of business.