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Author: Peter Witham

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Discussing a life of creativity. Everything from Photography and Software Development to Blogging and Crafting. I try to help you get the most from your creative time.

Everybody creates something, it's what we do as humans. Let's try and make the most it. Support this podcast: https://anchor.fm/peter-witham/support
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It is very important to capture those ideas in any form you can when you have them, even when they might be rough quick thoughts. They do not have to be perfect, but capturing them is a must.From a few simple words, or a sketch, to a couple of lines of text. Capturing even the beginning of an idea has to be a priority for you.iOS Software I use to capture notesMoleskine Flow for iOSPenbook for iOSContact MeContact Form--- Support this podcast: https://anchor.fm/peter-witham/support
I have spoken a lot about working in teams in other episodes. So for this one, I thought I would turn it around and talk about the benefits of working solo if that suits your style and preference.--- Support this podcast: https://anchor.fm/peter-witham/support
Through a series of synchronistic events I have a new project I am working on. For the first time, I am making paid content.In this episode I share my thoughts on the project, what it is, how I plan to do it, and how I think it will work.For anyone that has ever made something to share and ask for payment, I am sure you will have experienced a lot of these thoughts and concerns.Patreon post for projectCode Notes App sourcecode--- Support this podcast: https://anchor.fm/peter-witham/support
When the numbers say stop but the gut says carry on. What do you do? A few thoughts on when knowing it's time to make a decision.--- Support this podcast: https://anchor.fm/peter-witham/support
I get it, you just did something cool and want to tell the World, but you did that 10 minutes ago, should you wait longer for that next release? Is it too much in one go? Does everyone really want a 2 hour podcast to listen too?Some thoughts on all those things, pace and delivery can make the difference between an on-going conversation and attention or a way to send people to sleep.This episode was created with tools for the Mac from SetApp https://peterwitham.com/setapp--- Support this podcast: https://anchor.fm/peter-witham/support
So you reached the end of your day, you finished work, maybe the kids went to bed and it's that moment when time is yours to do what ever you want with... what now?Well, I have a few suggestions on how you can take advantage of that time and keep those projects and what ever else you want moving forward.--- Support this podcast: https://anchor.fm/peter-witham/support
The Power of Silence

The Power of Silence

2019-09-3000:07:18

Do you like silence?For me, silence is a great way to recharge my battery and gives me the opportunity to focus. But I appreciate it's not that way for everyone. Silence in todays society is almost a weird fifth wheel.--- Support this podcast: https://anchor.fm/peter-witham/support
Part 1Every time I start a project, I believe it's the one that is going to work out and make the difference. I have to, and you should as well, why? Because if you do not believe in it at the beginning, why bother even doing it.Part 2 Do you maintain a list of skills you want to work on? I do, I have a list of skills I want to improve and a list of skills that I want to learn. This keeps me motivated and excited to try new things.--- Support this podcast: https://anchor.fm/peter-witham/support
There is no shame in using a template or preset to get a project started. Often I hear that there is some kind of stigma attached to using a pre-built solution. But often that is the fastest way to get to what really matters...making content.To start a new project you need to remove any excuse to procrastinate, and often it seems that generating a tool or system to make the thing you want to make gets in the way. So let's start by avoiding that.--- Support this podcast: https://anchor.fm/peter-witham/support
It's the huge question that always sparks debate. So rather than say what I think you should do, I'm just going to tell you what I do.--- Support this podcast: https://anchor.fm/peter-witham/support
The answer will be different depending on what you do. But here is a list where I have tried to break down a few different categories by type.Visual Sites- Pintrest- YouTube- Vimeo- Instagram- VSCO- Vero- DribbleTechnical or Readable Sites- LinkedIN- HackerNews- RedditMore dedicated, focused sites- Product Hunt- Specialized Forums- Slack Groups- Discord Groups- Your Own Web siteBooks and Written Material- Amazon Self Publish- Apple Books- Google BooksGeneric Social- Twitter- Facebook--- Support this podcast: https://anchor.fm/peter-witham/support
It is so important to have you're own domain name and Web site. Especially if you are thinking of building a brand or e-commerce. In this episode, I am going to give you very good reasons why you need to do this and not use a third party as you're home on the Web.Show Notes:- It will always be there for as long as you keep it live.- You get to control how it looks and all other aspects of the site.- You are free to change your mind at any time and take it in another direction.- You are not relying on a service that might go paid or disappear at some point. For example, many of the social networks that now no longer exist.- You are not dependent on a third party company and their privacy rules and how they use your data.- Users know exactly where to find you.- You can use the site and domain as a jumping point to anywhere else you want to direct people.- You can use services to see metrics and learn from your users what is working and what is not. This is invaluable data.- You can gather user information via forms and/or emails and start a two way conversation.- If you decide to sell goods or services, you are free to implement that the way you want it to be.- You are not forced to display advertising or other distractions based on the desires of another company.- You get to provide the experience to visitors and potential customers exactly the way you want it to be.Support this Podcast and my other work on Patreon, I would very much appreciate it.--- Support this podcast: https://anchor.fm/peter-witham/support
You cannot attract everyone, and you do not need to.You just need to know who to attract, but do you know how? Here is some thoughts on how to work that out and an example.1 good audience member is worth a 100 bad ones in the long run.--- Support this podcast: https://anchor.fm/peter-witham/support
Sometimes projects delay things, that's bad! So here's a new episode to get us back on track. In this episode I am going to talk about that very thing, making time and keeping commitment to your creative projects.--- Support this podcast: https://anchor.fm/peter-witham/support
Trends come and go. Whilst they offer an interesting insight in to a direction you might want to consider, you should never just follow them without question. Or worse, abandon your own trend because something else is more popular. Just a couple of thoughts shared on how and why.--- Support this podcast: https://anchor.fm/peter-witham/support
I am starting a new side project and the best part of that is I get to have a totally clean slate in front of me and the opportunity to work on it with new skills and new ways.--- Support this podcast: https://anchor.fm/peter-witham/support
Experience Like A Customer

Experience Like A Customer

2019-06-1300:04:20

You need to try and experience your content the say as your customers will, and for that you may have to do a little homework, but it will be worth it. By experiencing what you make the same way a customer does you can ensure that you are making the right choices and delivering what you expect not what you assume.--- Support this podcast: https://anchor.fm/peter-witham/support
Should We Fix Our History?

Should We Fix Our History?

2019-06-0600:03:46

It can be tempting to go back and fix those older works that just don't meet our newer higher standards, but they might just be beneficial to leave as they are. Previously not so great work by comparison to your standard today is a great way to show progression and improvement, and that my friend is a good thing.--- Support this podcast: https://anchor.fm/peter-witham/support
Note: This episode was record on the move in some really terrible weather so the quality may not be what you are used to.Over a long time now I have noticed something, the weather greatly affects my creative mood and output. When it's damp and raining it somehow pushes me to a higher level.Terrible storms in Texas today reaffirmed this for me, so I thought I would share some interesting observations.If you listen to this episode on Anchor at https://anchor.fm/peter-witham you can now leave messages to share your thoughts, and I really would like hear them. Let's get a conversation going and maybe I'll share your comments on the next episode!--- Support this podcast: https://anchor.fm/peter-witham/support
As I mentioned in the last episode, this week I started my setup and testing for live streaming. It proved very interesting and I share my thoughts and lessons learned in this episode.It gave me enough information going forward on how I can improve both quality and service. Now I can start work on my development and podcast streaming I think.A couple of streaming examples here from my game streams.YouTube: https://youtu.be/fBzet8HCb08Twitch: https://www.twitch.tv/videos/427190505--- Support this podcast: https://anchor.fm/peter-witham/support
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