The importance of showing your work to a community makes sense as a concept but Kleon’s 10 points help define the concept in a concise way. While all the points are certainly useful in the pursuit of sharing work I found the first two most applicable for me personally and the course.

The idea of showing your work and your process throughout a project used to be something that I found brutally terrifying. Despite all logic I used to believe that somehow everyone else was able to create amazing products with little failure, so whenever I failed or struggled through a project I was nervous to admit failure. However in college it finally clicked that everything is a process and failure is another step in the pursuit of success. I am now a big fan of explaining process because I realized that sometimes the act of explaining what you did and what the outcome was can help you understand where to go next, and when it cannot than maybe you can find someone to help you figure out the problem. This point will definitely be one I remind myself of while I work through this course. (Especially when I get frustrated.)

Another point I know I will apply in this course is the fact that you don’t have to be a genius. While I am learning and striving to accept failure and process as positives to creativity when I get stressed it can be easy to revert to the idea that “everyone else is amazing and I’m awful” point of view. Reminding myself that everyone starts somewhere and not everything you do will be amazing will help me push through assignments that challenge me. ¬†I think everyone in this course could use different aspects of the 10 points as they progress through the class. The points are similar to reminders that production of art and creativity come from the willingness to show what you create and bring yourself out into the world. A value that seems to be essential to the spirit of the Digital Storytelling community.