One of the hardest things to do online is to be honest. Like, completely honest without fluff, hype, or any type of filler and/or reduction.
What I mean by that is that it’s just too easy for us to embellish ever so slightly how things are going and to communicate a reality that isn’t 100% accurate.
You and I live in this world every single day – apps like Instagram and Facebook allow us to “idealize” our experiences and add a layer of stylization that may mask the slight but more real imperfections of our life (or our zits that we don’t want shared to the world).
Twitter allows us to look like we’re all put together and that people really, really, really like us and that we are hip, cool, popular, and even humble at the exact same time. We’ve been invited to all the cool kids’ parties and drink craft-everything.
The problem is that this isn’t what really happens. Or rather, it doesn’t happen with the frequency or fidelity that we are publicly communicating. And, if we are not careful, it becomes not just what others expect of us, it becomes something we expect of ourselves.
Most of the time things aren’t really working out. Most of the time we are frustrated, anxious, and broken. Most of the time we are in the middle of failure (or recovering from the last one). Most of the time isn’t what we would consider a “party”.
Indie development is mostly not a happening thing. It’s hard work, late hours, limited bandwidth, and a terrible dependency on luck and market forces outside of your control.
Most of the time it’s low sales figures. Some of the time it’s zero sales (like yesterday). And yet the work still has to get done.
Being transparent means that you report the good and the bad. You tell both sides, all sides of the experience. You embellish nothing. You subtract nothing. You just tell it as it is.
That’s what I want this blog to be, one characterized by real transparency. The good, the bad, the ugly, and the really ugly. I also want to read and learn from the same types of blogs, hearing all of that shit too.
There’s no shame in the struggle. There’s only opportunity.