Show Your Work!
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Show Your Work!

Author
Austin Kleon
Date Finished
Nov 17, 2020
Type
Non-Fiction
Genres
ProductivityWritingCreativity
Rating
5-Star

🚀 The Book in 3 Sentences

  1. Pretty straight forward, 10 tips on how to share (show) the work you are doing with others
  2. Every chapter revolves around one concept and provides multiple examples around said topic
  3. The book isn’t long, just over 100 pages if you ignore all the images, you can read it in easily in an afternoon

🎨 Impressions

Not sure where to start with this one, I don’t know if I would even call it a book, but a collection of blog posts that got turned into a book, the author even admits that this is how the book got started.

I wasn’t that impressed with the book as I knew a lot of the concepts already, it did show me that not every book needs to be a full story and there are multiple different ways to write a book.

How I Discovered It

I don’t remember, had it in my wishlist on Kindle, I believe I found it on a huge sale a couple of months back so decided to grab it as it had good ratings.

Who Should Read It?

Anyone who is looking for ideas and inspiration on how to share the work. The book gives you a good nudge if you are creating but strugling how to “share the work” you are doing, shows you that content is what matters and gives a few good tips on how to get started.

☘️ How the Book Changed Me

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How my life / behaviour / thoughts / ideas have changed as a result of reading the book.

Made me re-evaluate how my Blog setup.

Currently it requires a lot of work to get a post published, I write my drafts in Notion and then export them to an editor like VSCode so I can “publish” them to my website Github repo.

Maybe it isn’t a lot of work but it is uneeded friction, it made me look into if it was possible to statically host my Notion pages and I discovered super.so.

It also made me look at the domain name of damir.tech which didn’t make much sense for the kind of content I was sharing, so I decided to switch to ddulic.dev.

I initially rated the book 4-stars but after writing this book note I switched to a 5-star.

✍️ My Top 3 Quotes

  • Share what you love, and the people who love the same things will find you.
  • Become a documentarian of what you do. Start a work journal: Write your thoughts down in a notebook, or speak them into an audio recorder. Keep a scrapbook. Take a lot of photographs of your work at different stages in your process. Shoot video of you working. This isn’t about making art, it’s about simply keeping track of what’s going on around you. Take advantage of all the cheap, easy tools at your disposal—these days, most of us carry a fully functional multimedia studio around in our smartphones.
  • Become a documentarian of what you do. Start a work journal: Write your thoughts down in a notebook, or speak them into an audio recorder. Keep a scrapbook. Take a lot of photographs of your work at different stages in your process. Shoot video of you working. This isn’t about making art, it’s about simply keeping track of what’s going on around you. Take advantage of all the cheap, easy tools at your disposal—these days, most of us carry a fully functional multimedia studio around in our smartphones.