“’Everyone’ isn’t an audience. “Everyone” is a byproduct of an incredibly successful thing that was made for a far more specific bunch of people. Don’t ever make something for “Everyone” make it for someone. And make that person love it.- Dan Sinker
We are all people pleasers to some degree and that can be okay. But, remember that your main focus should be self and everything else is sure to follow.
And for those creatives out there: Like this quote says, don’t write for everyone because “‘everyone’ isn’t an audience.” Sure, the goal is to reach as many people as possible and therefore make the most impact. But, you have to focus in on those who are already interested and dedicated to the same things that you are. If your content is great and sharable, they will share it, trust me!
Ever wonder why some people even bother to share some of the stuff that they read/see via Twitter and Facebook when it would seem that no one else could possibly be interested in that stuff? I mean really, how many people actually care about the hippos in West Africa? Not many. People share things because they find it relatable to self. They deemed it impressive enough to say: here, everyone look at what this person wrote/created–it’s true right?
Write about what you’re passionate about and direct your story to those that already find those things interesting. If you’re creating something new, hone in on a specific audience first. You can’t focus on everyone because by definition that’s every single person. Ever heard of the phrase “you can’t please everyone?” So don’t. Please someone, and let everyone else fall in line.
Be sure to comment below if you’re guilty of creating your content or artwork for “everyone.” Are you still doing that? & if not, what made you stop?
Ever wonder what the key to a successful, happy, fulfilling life is? Wondering how to get along with others, succeed in your relationships, understand and communicate well with your children? Love, my friend, simply love.
Though I speak with the tongues of men and of angels, but have not love, I have become sounding brass or a clanging cymbal. And though I have the gift of prophecy, and understand all mysteries and all knowledge, and though I have all faith, so that I could remove mountains, but have not love, I am nothing. And though I bestow all my goods to feed the poor, and though I give my body to be burned, but have not love, it profits me nothing. Love suffers long and is kind; love does not envy; love does not parade itself, is not puffed up; does not behave rudely, does not seek its own, is not provoked, thinks no evil; does not rejoice in iniquity, but rejoices in the truth; bears all things, believes all things, hopes all things, endures all things. Love never fails. But whether there are prophecies, they will fail; whether there are tongues, they will cease; whether there is knowledge, it will vanish away. For we know in part and we prophesy in part. But when that which is perfect has come, then that which is in part will be done away. When I was a child, I spoke as a child, I understood as a child, I thought as a child; but when I became a man, I put away childish things. For now we see in a mirror, dimly, but then face to face. Now I know in part, but then I shall know just as I also am known. And now abide faith, hope, love, these three; but the greatest of these is love. (1 Corinthians 13:1-13 NKJV)
Moral of the story? Just love, for we are nothing without it.
Turn that frown into a smile, people! If I can do it, so can you 😉
Hey everyone! How are you guys doing? I’ve been MIA, I know, I know & I apologize. I pray that you all have been well! Here is a thought for the day:
I ran across the quote below in an email that I’d save from my previous blog posts and thought I would share it again. I discovered this quote as an undergrad in a political science course that focused on philosophers like Jean-Jacques Rousseau; the passage below the quote was my initial reaction.
“I expect I shall not easily be forgiven for taking the side I have dared to take. Clashing head in with all that is today admired by men, I can only expect universal blame: and it is not for having been honored by the approbation of a few Wise men, that I should expect the approbation of the Public: Thus I have chosen my side; I do not care whether I please Wits or the Fashionable. There will always be men destined to be subjugated by the opinions of their century, their Country, their Society: Some men today act the part of a Freethinker and the Philosopher who, for some reason, would have been fanatics at the time of the League. One ought not to write for such Readers when one wants to live beyond one’s century.” – Jean-Jacques Rousseau
Not certain what this is in reference to yet, being that I’m in the preface of the book, ha, but it made me think of being a Christian. Not a poser for Christ, but someone who is a genuine Christian, Christ seeker, and lover of God..especially in today’s society. Oh the world we currently live in, sweet children; say a prayer.
At the time I applied the quote to religion–specifically Christianity, as I am a follower of Christ–and I still believe that to be true, but honestly it’s applicable to everything. No matter what, hold fast to what you believe in. Make choices based upon your own morality and your personal truth. Unfortunately society operates as one big groupthink ” a psychological phenomenon that occurs within a group of people, in which the desire for harmony or conformity in the group results in an irrational or dysfunctional decision-making outcome” for those of you who don’t know what that is. Sure, we should all be influenced by one another, and we all work together to function and coexist as a society; but, that doesn’t mean that you should change your values and beliefs on the basis of what others believe to be true. What do you believe to be true?
Live for that.
“There is nothing noble in being superior to your fellow man; true nobility is being superior to your former self.”- Ernest Hemingway”
Thank you to Kingsman: The Secret Service for bringing this lovely quote to my attention. Remember, always remain true to self; it’s what’s necessary to be a better you than you were yesterday. For that it what matters most.
Check out the movie trailer below; I do recommend it.
“And so the lion fell in love with the lamb…” he murmured.- Edward Cullen
“What a stupid lamb,” I sighed.- Bella Swan
“What a sick, masochistic lion.”- Edward Cullen
–Twilight, by Stephenie Meyers
Ahh, this quote…beautiful, isn’t it? I absolutely love Twilight, both the book and movie series. I own all of the books and I will soon buy the movie collection–sorry guys, please don’t question my dedication! I’ve read the first book twice, and it was just as amazing the second time around; when I find the time, I will reread the others as well. Although the movies get a lot of flack and so many people complain about the Bella Swan and Edward Cullen love story, we can’t ignore the millions of fans out there that adore them. I mean come on, all of the books were best sellers, and according to Wikipedia, the movies have grossed over 3.3 billion dollars to date. That’s BILLION people! I don’t care what people say, they’re amazing. & although I don’t want immortality, I might give it a second thought to call myself Bella Swan Cullen 😉
If you guys haven’t read the books or seen the movies, I do recommend them. The links will be below!
Interesting thing, my dad happens to be a huge admirer of Reverend Martin Luther King Jr.–as most are–and in the spirit of the times, he asked that God would bring him a child with the same spirit to help and love others. Apparently, that child was me! Now, I don’t know about me inspiring national movements or anything, but I do love and appreciate what he did. My birthday also happens to be the day before his–January 14th–which was apparently confirmation enough for my father :). So, in celebration of Martin Luther King Jr. Day, here are a few inspirational quotes. And remember, always act kindly and love cheerfully.
“Write it on your heart that every day is the best day in the year.”– Ralph Waldo Emerson
Every year we make new year resolutions and statistics show that most people don’t stick to those. I think that is important not to necessarily fulfill those resolutions, but to make sure that we are living each day with the hopes that it will be the best one yet! Don’t focus too much on the future, and try not to dwell in the past. Be sure that your present moment is your best moment.
“I hope that in this year to come, you make mistakes. Because if you are making mistakes, then you are making new things, trying new things, learning, living, pushing yourself, changing yourself, changing your world. You’re doing things you’ve never done before, and more importantly, you’re doing something.“- Neil Gaiman
Remember to never give up, and never doubt yourself. Always be passionate, always be curious. It’s the only way you’ll change the world.