Even if you’re not a creative, showing your work online can be one of the best things you can do for both your professionally and personally. As New York Times bestselling author Austin Kleon puts it:
We’re not all artists or astronauts. A lot of us go about our work and feel like we have nothing to show for it at the end of the day. But whatever the nature of your work, there is an art to what you do, and there are people who would be interested in that art, if only you presented it to them in the right way.
So why share your work if you’re not working in a creative field?
- Document your growth
Keeping a public journal gives you a record of what you have done, so you can better chart where you are going. Looking back, you will be amazed at how you’ve progressed over the projects you’ve worked on. The best part is, keeping track of your progress keeps you accountable and is in practice, a great life hack to guilt trip yourself into doing what you should be working on.
- Show, don’t tell
Sure, you could have a LinkedIn profile detailing what you have done, but wouldn’t it be better to show, rather than tell? Even if you’re in an industry that doesn’t lend itself well to visuals, like say accounting, sharing your thought process online both helps crystallize your thoughts as well as builds you up as an influential thinker in your field.
- Feedback loop
Some people are afraid of the dreaded ‘comments section’ when they share their work. Yes, you may get some poor feedback, but are by and large harmless. Internet trolls are always going to troll, but you also get very useful and constructive information. Perhaps there is something else in the same vein you might enjoy reading, maybe there is an angle you can consider and have a discussion about. Who knows where that can lead you?
- Build your tribe
By showing your work and process, you start to build a community of like-minded people interested in the same things you are. As they get to know what you are about, and then you’re on your way to finding your 1,000 true fans.
So why not share your work online?