There’s a certain level of guts one must have to share their thoughts with the world. It takes balls to jump from the building that you wrote whatever the hell it is you wrote, and hope to land into the arms of people that will accept your work.
If you believe in what you create, jump out of that window, and whether the public responds to it or not, at least you had the balls to do it.
Suppose, instead of waiting for a job offer from the New Yorker, suppose next month, you go to your living room, sit down, and just do what you love to do. If you write, you write. You write a blog. If you shoot, find a friend, someone you know and like, and the two of you write a script. You make something. No one will pay you. No one will care. No one will notice, except of course you and the people you’re doing it with. But then you publish, you put it on line, which these days is totally doable, and then… you do it again. It doesn’t take a major publication or a major record label anymore: you can create in the comfort of your home, in complete isolation, and simply press the publish button for the entire world to see. There’s no more middlemen—just you and your audience.
It’s the best feeling in the world to know that I’m in control of the entire process, and it’s up to me if I want to be great or not. I don’t need anyone’s green light. If I want the audience, I have to go get them, and I have to offer them something that they’ll care about. It’s all up to me.
Thank you, Rob Myers, for publishing such an inspiring blog post. I hope anyone out there that is nervous about the things they believe in, read this and take that leap of faith.
I had those words in mind when I started my blog six months ago, and I’ve had them in mind whenever I think I should be pitching one of my blog posts to an online publication like Slate or Salon or The Magazine. I’d like to get paid for what I write, but there’s something wonderfully satisfying about owning and controlling my own work. I also don’t want to wait to see if someone will publish it. I want to publish, and see if the audience comes to me.