Learning old tricks - written by an Old Dog
December 27, 2014
It is the Saturday after Christmas and I have been spending a rainy morning doing nothing by consuming content on my iPad. It's a luxury I know. But what is interesting is that this down-time has taught me something or re-kindled something in my brain that I was not paying attention to. I was on Youtube watching videos on the topic of Photography, video podcasts of various quality, when it hit me. My dream job has always been a position like Scott Kelby (or at least what it appears from afar).
For those of you not familiar with his work Scott has been a trail blazer in online educational courses with KelbyOne. He started with the written tutorials waaay back when and has graduated to what amounts to a full on school for those wanting to learn more about photography, graphic design, and image processing.
So, what does this have to do with me? I have always been a teacher at heart. I love nothing more than seeing the spark in someone when they finally "get it". I love taking complex things and breaking them down. So it is more about the approach than the topic (although I do love me some photography). This underlying desire influences just about everything I do. I love burying myself in a topic till I feel I really have a grasp of it and then breaking it into little pieces and helping others by disimenating the information.
When I look back at 2014 I see this theme sprinkled throughout the year. It is the reason I started doing video walk-throughs of ExpressionEngine on the business YouTube Channel. It is the reason why I spent the time dusting off this site and reworking it even though my last real blog post was a loooong time ago. It is the reason why Blue Fish blogged 30+ times last year. I even see it in my interaction with clients. I don't really feel like I approach sales like most folks. I spend an inordinate amount of time educating prospects on the confusing topic of websites, SEO, and content management systems before even getting a contract signed. I do this because I am confident that when presented with the facts they will choose the right way of doing things. And if they don't then I don't really want them as clients.
So what does this mean? I don't know. I am still unpacking this. But as much as I feel like I (we) did last year I don't feel like my personal itch was scratched. I've been kicking around the idea of starting a podcast of sorts. I don't spend nearly enough time playing around like I used to (perhaps why I was so stressed last year?). I don't feel like I have spent enough time being creative and sharing the experience that comes from it.
As for Blue Fish, nothing will really change there. We have a stellar team. I don't intend on changing much as we are hitting our stride. We'll probably be adding to the team. And I may be relying on them a bit more as I give myself freedom to act on my title of Creative (Director).