Learning and stuff and things
The past few weeks have been filled with learning about what I'm good at, but more importantly what I'm not terribly fantastic at. The Kickstarter has been funded, you guys did your part with an enthusiasm that I am still overwhelmed by, now its my turn to uphold my part of the bargain. Which means lots of detailed, number oriented executive decisions that in the end cost a lot of money. Money that other people gave to me to make things with that they are going to have and keep and use. And while I'd done a lot of the conceptual brainstorming, I hadn't gotten to the nitty gritty planning because in all reality I had no idea if I would even get to do any of this because I wasn't sure the Kickstarter was going to be funded.
So I've gotten an opportunity to learn.
So far I've learned that a font can make or break a design, and that there are way too many fonts to possibly choose from and that if you scroll through enough fonts with your name in the text field you will barely be able to recognize your own name in under a minute. I've also learned that photoshop and I are not friends and most likely will never be friends, perhaps not even frenemies. Ordering in bulk scares the crap out of me, and that was not something I was aware of unit this week, though I think that that is closely tied to my lack of confidence in my design skills; I'd rather have 200 business cards that are accidentally awful than 2,000 business cards that are accidentally awful.
I think the most important lesson I've learned is that when faced with multiple tasks that need to be done on a deadline that don't play to my natural skill set my tendency is to stare at my computer screen hopelessly until I feel like I'm going to explode, bang my head against the wall for awhile, and then I decide to deal with it tomorrow. This is not a tactic I would recommend. Instead perhaps consider reaching out to the people in your life who seem to have a better grasp on these individual tasks, and asking them what strategies they use to complete them or at least if they can point you in the direction of a good place to start. If you ask the right person they might even offer to help you with the task.
I would definitely recommend starting with this tactic instead of staring at your computer screen for a few weeks until you are in a serious time crunch and then remembering that there are other people who exist and know how to do these things. Asking first and stressing later is also much more respectful to the time and energies of those you are reaching out to; setting people up to work on their own schedules and not your panicked last minute one will also make that person more inclined to work with you again in the future. Plus with that task delegated to someone else or with the inquiry submitted you can focus your brain space onto things you're actually good at, like feeling feelings and music stuff, instead of the anxiety of all of the things you should be doing but have no frakking clue how to do.
I wish me from a month ago could see me today. I would totally be down for those precognition superpowers to develop any day now, they'll save me a lot of hassle in the lesson learning department. Until those develop I am working the trial and error system, doing some R&D on life.
I'm quickly learning where my skills lie, what is worth figuring out for myself, and where I need help. The amount of energy I save by not banging my head against a wall is totally worth compensating someone else who is equipped to actually do a good job.
At the end of the day, all I know is I am so grateful to have the opportunity to learn these lessons and to have so many amazing people in my corner whom I can field these questions to. To the white knights who came to my rescue this week despite my inability to get my proverbial shit together, I don't know what I'd do without you.
Also in other news the tour is finally announced and these are the places I'm playing:
Song of the moment: