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Blogging-Intro / Show Your Work! by Austin Kleon Journal

Not a blogger, but blogging

Blogging-Intro / Show Your Work! by Austin Kleon

I’ve been told that blogging is a good way to get ideas “out there”. It can give ideas tangibility, serve as a reminder to execute those ideas, and, maybe, be a way to get some feedback on works-in-progress. Blogging isn’t just for people who want to promote cosmetics or make viral posts. It’s also for people who desire a way to check in with themselves and grow through writing and sharing.

It’s especially important for creatives to document and share their work. Not only does it promote their business, but it communicates an eagerness to grow and embrace the ever-learning amateur inside them.

Blogging requires a good dose of vulnerability, too. While we’d all like to be perfect at everything, truth is we’re all lifelong learners with flaws and strengths. I believe that truth is what pushes us forward to continue making; knowing that there’s more to learn, achieve, and create – that I have yet to produce my best work – gets me out of bed each morning with excitement and creative energy. It keeps me going.

So Im starting this blog to document my process, expose my creativity publicly and to continue building my craft. This is a way of exploring my creativity through a new medium in hopes of learning more about myself and being vulnerable.

Stay tuned for post topics on creativity, design, photography, fine art, lifestyle and culture, yoga, Buffalo culture and new experiences.

– JB

Show Your Work! by Austin Kleon

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Chill with Chillhop

My obsession with this youtube channel has become something I need to blog about. For so long I’ve struggled with doing work and listening to music simultaneously. I would find ambient music or “studying playlists”, but somehow they would either be overwhelming, just noisy, or they’d make me sleepy. Side note: I can’t be listening to Mozart and Bach. I’m already pretty nerdy as it is and there’s no reason to feed that with classical music. Gotta tame it.

So, my point here. Chillhop is a youtube channel that posts hour long (on average) videos of “chill music”. Chill is music that mixes elements of jazz, hiphop, and electronic. You’ll also see it described as lo-fi. The music tends to be lyric-less, which is great for studying, reading, and *designing*. PLUS, if you’re listening in a coffee shop, you instantly feel a sense of belonging. It’s essentially urban coffee shop music mixed to get your caffeinated-self motivated and determined to get shit done.


Chillhop | Youtube