Backstage

At the beginning of this year, I started using a technique called Bullet Journalling to help focus my efforts around everything I was working on. This applied to both the day job (mobile app development) and my evening passions (tabletop rpgs and streaming).

A big part of the technique is capturing notes and things that inspire you. Whenever I would read something that resonated with me, I’d jot it down into the journal. I now have a list of quotes across a couple of the pages that are there to help me refocus when I need to.

Lately, I’ve been doing a lot of thinking about the business of content creation and streaming. This is largely due to working on an idea that relates to both my day job and my passions. With the combination of the two, I initially felt pretty energized about the getting the work done in both areas of my life.

However, the initial burst of momentum is beginning to wane a bit. I went looking for inspiration online from the various passionate creators I follow. What I found was that while there was an overwhelming amount of positive, there was nothing constructive that I could grab onto to get me over the hurdle.

So that was when I went back to my trusty bullet journal and found this quote:

Don’t compare your backstage to someone else’s front stage.

I realized that I was making an old mistake. I was looking for inspiration from someone’s on stage persona. I wasn’t seeing all of the effort and diligence that their putting in behind the scenes. It’s a healthy reminder that often times we only see the results from what folks share and we miss out on the hustle.

It also reminded me of a blog post by Gary Vanyerchuk where he talks about leveraging the hustle and making it a part of your brand. Basically, he’s championing the idea of sharing the process helps engage the consumers of your content.

That really resonated for me.

So here’s what I’m going to do. I’m going to take a stab at sharing as much of the hustle as I can. I’ll share via the conduit that makes the most sense: Twitch, Twitter, Medium. It won’t be everything. It also would add another level of effort to the hustle. I think it’ll be worth it though.

I’ll call it Backstage. I’ll label, tag, title, etc it all with something that includes Backstage. Hopefully, if you’re reading this you’ll tell me what you think.

PS

The backstage quote above bugs me. It’s the use of the words “front stage”. I prefer “limelight”, in part because to the Rush song on the Moving Pictures album. So in the future, I’ll just modify the quote to this:

Don’t compare your backstage to someone else’s limelight.