building my creative community
community has been on my mind a lot recently. it is something that i have been craving like crazy. i long for connections with other creative people. in real life, i only know a few artists. the online community is so big and sometimes seems so impersonal. it is so easy to get lost in the sea of comments and blog posts and not make true connections. there are so many roadblocks that keep us from building our community.
the first roadblock that comes to mind is the fact that we are all super busy. between running our shops, creating and living our everyday lives, there doesn’t seem much time for connecting anymore. we all have deadlines, super huge goals and no time to do them. and then there is the feeling of unspoken competitiveness. there, i said it. you sometimes don’t want to get too close to someone you consider your competition. and if that isn’t enough, your insecurities start creeping in. and you start comparing yourself to that person. i am not as experienced or skilled or blank enough are the thoughts that keep you from reaching out to another artist. then there is that creeping fear of rejection. what if i reach out and get no response, or not the response i want?
we can’t be close friends with everyone online of course. just like in real life, you don’t click with everyone you meet. and that is ok. but this week i have been thinking about ways to build more community with other artists i admire. artists who i think have a character similar to mine. so i wrote a simple email to another artist to reach out to her. and it was an artist much more experienced than i am, or at least has been doing it a lot longer than me. and guess what? i actually got a response. maybe it will build into an actual friendship and maybe not. but i put myself out there. and that feels good.
so how about it? let’s start tackling those roadblocks that keep us from building our creative community. let’s make the time to connect. let’s put aside our competitive nature and stop listening to our stupid insecurities. let’s take a risk and put ourselves out there. i have a feeling it is going to be so worth it.
happy together print by love sugar design
thou and thine together print by juliette crane