Work in Progress: Weirdest Blog Post Ever

This morning, I started two blog posts.

And didn’t finish them.

It feels a bit like my work today is a failure.

A flop.

I even considered not posting at all today…

But it’s time to make some lemonade.

Ladies and Gentlemen: the weirdest blog post ever…


 

Post One: The Ultimate Day Job for Artists

Writers, performers and artists of every shape and hue endure hearing…

“Don’t call us, we’ll call you.”

“Thank you. We’ve seen what we need to see.”

“Don’t quit your day job.”

Those nasty phrases all mean the same thing: you’re not what we’re looking for.

Rejection.

Pick Me, Pick Me

Everyone wants to be picked. To feel special. To feel chosen.

It’s safe to say that is often a large part of the reason many artists do what they do: to be unique and feel special.

(and yes, that’s where that post ends)

 

Post Two: Social Anxiety and Other Confessions

Confession 1: I have a tiny bit of social anxiety.

To a Friend I Hadn’t Seen In Several Years:

Me: So I heard you got married a year or so ago! Congratulations!

Them: Yeah, actually I’m getting divorced.

Me: I wish I didn’t bring that up then. (pause, pause) So…. what else is new?

This conversation happened yesterday. For reals.

Confession 2: Bathroom Judgement

Recent visit to a public restroom. Guy is in there before me. Door is locked. Guy comes out. I give the obligatory “I’m going in there after you” smirk. I find myself thinking:

Do I want to use the bathroom after him?

Is that 1.5 second glance enough for me to deduce if we can indeed share a bathroom? 

What about the guy waiting after me? I wonder if he’s thinking the same thing about me.

Confession 3:

(and yes, that’s where that post ends)

***

This may be the worst and weirdest blog post ever.

And I’m ok with that.

We don’t have to churn out perfection. We just do the work. We write. We create. We share.

And eventually, with enough “works in progress,” we’ll find the gold.

Wishing you the best today as you make the most of your creative endeavors. 

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Author: Andrew Zahn

I'm a son, husband, dad, business owner, actor and good sleeper/eater. On this blog, I pave a highway for creative growth by providing food, water, and shelter for those wishing to live, work, and play with creative zest.

  • Daryl

    Congrats and thanks for posting your unfinished thoughts. One quick though on post one:

    Yes, paradoxically, we all want to feel special, and that is one thing we have in common. And I think that is universal among humans, not just “creatives”. Feeling unique gives us a sense of self-worth, or dignity. The paradox is even more complex: We want to feel special because it affirms our value to society; ultimately, we want to belong, with dignity.

    • Andrew Zahn

      Confession: I want to feel special and ‘picked’ and all that stuff, but I don’t want too much attention or that would enhance the social anxiety.

      Fickle right?

  • Nathan

    These are both good thoughts. They’re kinda like the stores that we get to come up with the endings to. I love that game.

    • Andrew Zahn

      True that Nathan! Thanks for reading the blog and commenting. Glad to have you here.

  • I know I thing or two about rejection. (I think you saw my post about how Alton Brown gave me the smackdown on Twitter). It sucks to get overlooked, but I’ve learned to get up and keep going. After Wednesday (the day of the aforementioned drubbing) came Thursday (no–I didn’t get that from Rebecca Black, promise), and I think one of my best posts ever.

    Point is: creatives gotta roll, and like you said above, make lemonade.

    • Andrew Zahn

      Heck, you got a shout-out from the amazing Alton Brown!

      This lemonade tastes good btw…

  • Jim

    I dig the first post and wish you could have developed it further. The others are more Seinfieldish (I just made that word up) and don’t really fit on the blog. Kudos to you for posting just to post though. I might end up stealing that and using it down the road 🙂

    Good times had by all.

    • Andrew Zahn

      I, most likely, will expand on that idea. Just wasn’t happening.

      Feel free to steal it! 😉

  • I like what Jon Acuff said….quantity brings quality. The main thing is we create.

  • Too funny. I was having one of those moments last night myself. I like what you ended up deciding to do! Nice twist.
    BTW- if the guy coming out of the stall doesn’t make eye-contact, it’s a bad sign. Abort mission!

  • From post two, what a bazaar first story.

    I think publishing is better than not, so good job with being comping up with a creative and weird way to do so. 🙂

  • I love the “process.” Even though your posts aren’t finished, the fact that you posted them is more a tribute to the writing process than to the finished product. And that’s cool. Develop them, don’t develop them. Maybe that’s not even the right question to ask right now. As a creative, sometimes you just need to throw it out there.

  • Excellent thoughts!
    The bathroom judgement scene was my favorite! Someone out there should devote an entire blog to awkward bathroom moments! (I’m sure it already exists!)

    You have a gift for capturing uncomfortable situations in a most delightful way! (Sorry…Mary Poppins on the brain today!)

    Glad you didn’t keep this stuff to yourself!

  • “And eventually, with enough “works in progress,” we’ll find the gold.”

    So good…….

  • Confession #1: Yeah, I can definitely see myself doing that… Somehow though, I doubt this is the weirdest post ever. I’ve done some weird ones myself, mostly crazy stuff that I’ve made.

    • Andrew Zahn

      So then “weird” is relative?

      I’ll head on over to your site to check it out!