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Nov 14, 2012
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Some thoughts and musings about making things for the web - The Oatmeal

I don’t agree with everything in this piece (for instance, I think a regular schedule with deadlines is good for a creator, even if they don’t feel like they have something to say — if Charles Schulz didn’t have them, we wouldn’t have 50 years of Peanuts to read…) but Inman and I share the same philosophy about comments: let people talk about your work as much as they like, but on other forums, not your own site. Not just for your own sake, but for the sake of your readers.

Oh, and though it does serve a purpose as an umbrella, the term “content creators” makes me queasy.

PS. Realized that cartoonist Natalie Dee basically described these two panels in a 2010 interview: “There’s never a space under paintings in a gallery where someone writes their opinion. When you get to the end of a book, you don’t have to see what everyone else thought of it.”

Some thoughts and musings about making things for the web - The Oatmeal

I don’t agree with everything in this piece (for instance, I think a regular schedule with deadlines is good for a creator, even if they don’t feel like they have something to say — if Charles Schulz didn’t have them, we wouldn’t have 50 years of Peanuts to read…) but Inman and I share the same philosophy about comments: let people talk about your work as much as they like, but on other forums, not your own site. Not just for your own sake, but for the sake of your readers.

Oh, and though it does serve a purpose as an umbrella, the term “content creators” makes me queasy.

PS. Realized that cartoonist Natalie Dee basically described these two panels in a 2010 interview: “There’s never a space under paintings in a gallery where someone writes their opinion. When you get to the end of a book, you don’t have to see what everyone else thought of it.”

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    Agreed. Rigidity does spark creativity sometimes, as I have often found out.
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    y Click through and read the whole thing. It is really good!
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