As corny as it sounds, hope you all are living your best life as they say. I myself am in kinda a weird transitional period so feeling very reflective, so some of that may come across in this week's newsletter. Also, I just wanted to say thank you to all the readers of this bad boy, It has become a wonderful habit fo me to write every week, and kinda acts like a forced weekly journal. I stared this the week of Halloween last year so we are almost coming up on 1 year of newsletters and almost 500 subscribers, so much love.
Mourn & Move on
So I've spoken about this in a newsletter in the past and it's this idea of constantly reassessing what you are doing in your life or career and figuring out if its something you still enjoy and are doing for yourself or if it's just a pressure felt by the outside forces. As you may have seen I recently announced a hiatus from the Jesse Nyberg Podcast. I am feeling very conflicted about itiy, but overall it seems like the right move for me at this moment.
First things first I want to say that I truly appreciate everyone who has listened, commented, messaged me (good or bad), and just taken the time each week to have me and some awesome design guests in your ear for an hour. With that being said it has become kind of a grind and the youtube algorithm gods have put me in a tight spot. I am taking a break from the podcast for a few simple reasons.
After putting out 95 episodes I finally came to the realization that the crossover between the audience who likes the podcast and the audience who enjoys my main channel videos is not a perfect Venn diagram. In fact, despite all the amazing messages I receive about the podcast it's probably only about 20% of the audience who consistently digests them. That is kinda a lose-lose because having it all on one channel makes the main channel videos perform worse and the podcasts as well. Soooooo When/If I do return I will 100% be putting them on a new channel. (Maybe 99% sure but you get the point.)
It has kind of become a big grind/stress point in my life between setting up all the technical stuff, creating the marketing, scheduling guests, doing research, etc. This has taken away some time from my actual design practice and freelance work opportunities which started to seem kind of backward. I don't want to ever be solely creating "content" and lose the point of it all in the first place and that is my love for design.
I guess there are mainly only 2 reasons but in general, the 3rd is just I need more time to reflect on it before I can make any definitive answers. However, with the loss of the Pod, for now, I will be posting better/more main videos on YouTube and more stuff on Patreon!
I'm excited for what's to come and hope you all enjoy it as well.
Overwatch 2 has reignited my addiciton
I have an interesting relationship with video games. Growing up as an only child I have been playing lots and lots of games ever since I was 3 years old on my Playstation 1. Gaming has always been a comfort for me and as I got older playing games online (Mw2, Halo, other cool Xbox 360 shit) This love grew even more with the added community element. Nothing made me feel closer to my homies than playing games all night. This kinda healthy addiction I guess traveled with me all the way into college where I got more into Nba2k, Overwatch, More COD, APex legends, etc. Where am I going with this...
Oh, Yea so the weird thing is the past few years I haven't even been gaming that much because of focusing on design and the social media content stuff. I didn't even feel the need to want to play either but getting that ps5 and then overwatc h 2 coming out has completely thrown me back into it. I have been playing ow2 probably 5-6 hours a night lol I think it will be okay but it's def hard to balance the feeling of allowing myself to enjoy hopbbies while not taking away from what I need to get done.
The double edge sword about video games is When I don't have a game I am into or a hobby I'm obsessed with all I do is work which is not good. On the other hand, when I am obsessed with a game like this, I fear it stops me from doing some of the spontaneous personal design work I othersiwdse would do when I'm bored.
I think overall though it is still a net positive and circles back to the deep play idea I talked about in a recent video. I have also been reading this awesome book on time management called 4000 weeks that has almost entirely reframed how I look at the classical "productivity guru" type shit.
Stuff I currently like and stuff I'm looking forward to!
Tweet of the week below
Feeling melancholy but optimistic simultaneously.
Much Love, Glue.
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New Tutorial on Patreon
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