Raise an espresso to Creative Brew today because we’ve reached a full 52 issues of the newsletter this week! Woohoo! Thank you for joining us each week as we explore creative content and strategies across the internet. Over the past year – the newsletter has changed based on community feedback, and we’re really excited about our new focus on the creator economy! Check out the post in the announcements channel in Discord for more details. Also . . . we’ve got another community contest coming up. Keep an eye out for the theme announcement this week! 👀
Creator worth knowing ✨
It can be difficult to find art that’s visually engaging in the way that say – a Where’s Waldo book might capture our attention. In this piece “The Hell” there’s a lot going on – from a monster cooking meat to a skeleton relaxing in some lava (or soup). Also – why is that monster in the back holding a heart?? I think it’s a nice little taste of Halloween, which is just around the corner . . .
Ryogo Toyoda is a talented 3D illustrator with an extensive portfolio of whimsical work. Just like “The Hell,” much of Ryogo’s art feature very visually stimulating scenes – with a lot to explore. You can’t just look for three seconds – you have to take a closer look. It’s a beautiful busyness that stands as a nice contrast to much of the 3D minimalism we’ve explored recently. I recommend exploring Ryogo’s portfolio. Every piece is a visual feast!
Creator Economy News 🎙️
- Spotify is introducing live collaboration and auto saves to Soundtrap. See the details.
- You can now convert your Facebook stories and videos into reels via the Meta Creator Studio. Read more.
- TikTok is experimenting with a Nearby feed to show video content near your current location. Here’s the story.
Inspiration this week 🔭
- More Crash, Less Nintendo formulas I say
- lego creations that I wish I could think of to build
- A KFC ad you wouldn’t expect
- This game looks like a 90’s dream in 2022
Tools this week 🔧
- Track your habits with every new tab in Chrome.
- Build AI brains for your characters – seriously.
- Why use Canva when you can just fork some code and create your own.
- Don’t put it off! Get up and running with your personal website in just a few hours.
- Great writing goes a long way, but you need PRETTY PICTURES. Start catching eyes
- Start setting up a powerful dashboard with this react template.
Closer Look at the Creator Economy 🔬
- Raw ideation is something that every creator needs to do. Spur of the moment thoughts? Write ’em down. They may seem disconnected now – but you might just strike gold. What’s your strategy?
- AI software like Midjourney have created a lot of controversy among creators as they discuss the impact that AI has on their craft. This interview with the founder of Midjourney, David Holz, sheds light on the opportunities that the software presents for collaboration and imagination. Check it out.
David’s Take 📝
How do you go about building an audience? It’s a daunting task – to be sure. Where do I post? What do I say? Well – the best place to start is split testing your current network – and ensure that you’re driving traffic somewhere. For example, if you’re creating sweet lofi tracks, you want people to stream on Soundcloud or Spotify, and save it to their playlists. Share your music, create TikToks/reels that feature it, etcetera. I like to think of audience building like working in a mine – there’s only so much gold or silver to dig out. Once the mine is empty – it’s time to move on. Every platform or forum has X amount of people who will be interested in your product. Start looking for them! For every 10 groups in your niche that ban self promotion – there’s at least one that will allow it in some tasteful format – especially if you offer value to the community. Add value to your audience – and they will follow you. So – I want you to ask yourself two questions. Who is my audience, and where do I find them? Write down a list of platforms – and start using tools like Reddit Search or Social Searcher to start finding groups that may be a good fit for you! Don’t start self promoting right away – build trust and engage organically within the group. Then – promote your stuff when possible – and track how many people check it out.
That’s all for this week!
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