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Info post about “Fuck Stats, Make Art” conversation at @SXSW (or should that be #sxsw ?) March 13, 3:30-4:30 book it
Of course, i said “Yes” and will be presenting a Core Conversation called “Fuck Stats Make Art” on March 13th to kick off the legendary fest in Austin, Texas.
You may have caught the original gig at Northern Voice 2008, (Fuck Stats, Make Art recap) – if so, come again since I’ll remix my presentation for maximum amusement and interactivity with the audience. If not, consider attending as i’ll do my best to get you inspired and thinking about big picture stuff throughout the conference.
My preso will be analog with papery bits to explain my stories and thoughts about creativity, inspiration, publishing and finding your/our place in history.
Are you speaking? Please drop a comment so i can stop by and bask in your wisdom.
I’ll be holding forth on March 13 (happy birthday Lt. Magnum) from 3:30 – 4:30 … ahhh here’s the full deets so you can add to your intinerary:
Friday, March 13th
3:30 pm – 4:30 pm
Via a pictorial journey through his own career of creating grassroots art and publications, renegade social media producer and writer Dave Olson will extol, encourage and explain the importance oftaming the intimidation, solving conundrums and digging deep to muster authentic creative self expression in the digital era.
Photo of DaveO by Bre Pettis from SXSW08
Very pleased to confirm I’m spieling “Fuck Stats, Make Art” at #SxSW Interactive – Fri. March 13 3:30-4:30, Austin, TX – Shrinerbocks Ahoy!
A sharp, creative and productive pal called Paul Jarvis name-checked Fuck Stats, Make Art in a blog post he shared with his tribe of creatives. Respectfully shared below for posterity.
Fuck Stats, Make Art
The title of this post is lifted from a talk Dave Olson (aka Uncle Weed) gave in 2009. The statement still resonates, because it succinctly emphasizes what’s important in the writing you do.
Trying to follow a formula, script or tactic to get more traffic, sales or followers never works in the long run because it screams inauthenticity. Your goals and desires echo in everything you do, even if you think they don’t. So if you’re focused on going viral or being popular or selling something, it’ll show. Copying what others did to gain success just makes you sound like an echo instead of a voice.
What makes the content you create awesome is that it’s a story told through your unique lens. It’s you, telling a story. It’s you not giving a fuck about anything but telling that story. It doesn’t matter if it’s a blog post about banking software or a video on how to make nut milk, the content will be better if you let your real personality shine.
How to find your unique voice
- Stop reading blogs.
- Definitely stop reading popular blogs.
- Read outside of your niche/area of expertise.
- Most definitely stop reading blogs about how to have a popular blog.
- Don’t write to be read. Write to write, explore, experiment, share, express, inspire.
- Stop looking at your stats, likes, retweets.
- Write more.
- Read what you write and ask yourself, “is this how I actually sound when I’m not conscious of how I sound?”.
At a noisy New Town Cafe in Vancouver’s Chinatown, Roland, Richard and me (Dave), we riff about noted geeks, Northern Voice and Moose Camp with social media bootcamp, presenting skills, video blogging, previewing my Fuck Stats, Make Art talk, last year’s Podcasting spiel and how to get tickets.
Namechecks for Matt Mullenweg, Marc Canter, Jordan Behan, Andy Smith, Warren Frey, etc.