What are you in “It” for? Is it the allure of saying that you’re affiliated with a certain something? Are you doing it because it’s something that you’re really passionate about? That bandwagon life is something else. If people are doing “A” and now everybody wants to try their hand at doing “A” as well. Never mind that they have the slightest general interest in it but you just HAVE to be apart of The Now.
I always knew that I’d be a creator of some sort but I had no idea in what capacity. When I started my book (which has yet to be titled or completed), I was so motivated but I didn’t realize how much it actually took to get it together. Knowing that I had no true deadline, I didn’t feel the need to rush it. As with many other things that I work on, I don’t limit myself to a certain time.
At the start of this OPUS project, I had no idea what direction it would go in. It quickly grew and we were throwing posts out a couple of times a week. It’s all fun and games until you’re looking deadlines square in the face with nothing to submit. If you don’t create, you can’t post. If you can’t post, there’s nothing for people to read. If there’s nothing for people to read, there’s no need for it. At the same time, you’re selective of the things you put out because you don’t want to mass produce bullshit.
Creative minds are rarely still. For that reason, creating without chaos is often a challenge. I won’t speak for all but I’ll own that. Throw some bullshit my way and I’ll write my way out of it and be cleaned up before you can realize it ever happened. Let the waters be still and half of the time, I’m frozen. So many focus on quantity instead of quality that the integrity of their work suffers. Yes, people may read it but who wants to read a bunch of half assed bullshit? I look at these blogs and even the “real” journalists and wonder how the Higher Ups let them fly. They run with twitter and Instagram stories and pass it off as letting the world know what is going on. It’s even to the point where actual national publications are running with this stuff.
What does your name mean to you if you’ll pin it onto any damn thing that will get a few extra clicks or shares? Either you need to get out more and report on some real shit or just write fewer pieces when you actually have something to say.
I cringe at the thought of telling someone that I write for XYZ publication and the first thing that pops up is a twitter story. Granted, some are definitely funny but you can’t base your being on it. There is so much more out there. Social media can’t be the end of the road.
I can’t tell you what you should or shouldn’t write about but I will tell you to put some respek on your work. Don’t be jaded by the allure of things. There’s real dedication that goes behind this. People spend forever perfecting their crafts. Don’t downplay or discredit those who really put in the work. I take my hat off to anyone who can focus and make this shit work for them. When you read OPUS (& any affiliated projects), just know that WE put a lot of work and thought into this. WE are proud of our work and we more than likely don’t care what you say but that’s not the point.