I’ve been thinking a lot lately about the amount of time I spend consuming content compared to the amount of time I spend creating content. Basically, I spend a lot of time reading, learning, and managing stuff, but not as much time as I want building, applying, and making stuff. I wanted to come up with a way to challenge myself to make more stuff, basically to embrace the Maker Movement with a month of creativity and production.
I’ve decided to try a December Making Challenge. The goal is to “ship” something I make every day for the month of December: 31 days, 31 things. I will define “making” broadly. It could be the completion of a tangible project at work, like a website, a presentation, or a digital learning module. It could involve some of the personal learning I’m doing with programming, gaming, or art. It can be making a new meal from a recipe, writing a haiku poem, trying a creative photo edit with Photoshop, building a game, or simply drawing some pixel art. I’ll count it as long as it’s something that challenges me to improve skills and has a visible product. I also want to define “ship” in Steven Pressfield’s terms: basically that the thing is finished and complete.
Today was Day 1 and it was somewhat of an easy start for me. I do Japanese, Korean, and Chines graphic design work on the side, and I had a Japanese project for the Denver Office of Tourism that was due this Friday. I got most of it done last night, but needed to wait for a proofreader to check it today before I could process the file and “complete” the project. Tonight I finished that up. So day one is a Japanese Lure Brochure for Denver. I’ve pasted a screenshot of a couple of panels.
I should add that I talked about this with my teenage son and daughter. My daughter said I’d last three days. My son had more faith in me. He said two weeks. I’m a little disappointed they had so little faith in me, but I guess we’ll see!