Season 2 of Wandering on the Creative Path is Here!

I decided to open season 2 of the Wandering on the Creative Path podcast talking about Journal Your Way to Creativity.

How’s that for some blatant self-promotion?

You can hear it here:

Let me know what you think about it.

While you’re at it, also please answer something else for me: Do you like audio/video embedded in the blog posts or should I just keep it to straight text with supplemental images?

Front cover of the book, Journal Your Way to Creativity, by Jen Nipps

Print: $6.99
Kindle: $3.99

Happy creating!

Wandering on the Creative Path: Season 2

Last year, I started a podcast. It took me a while to decide to do it. I released 10 episodes, plus an introduction. Then…?

I could make up a lot of excuses, but there wouldn’t be any sense in that. Let’s just say I procrastinated and didn’t get any more done. I’ve been thinking about doing it again. I’ve considered changing platforms. Right now it’s on SoundCloud. The thing of it is, the other platforms I considered charge monthly fees. If I keep the episodes short so I don’t use more than my monthly allotted space, SoundCloud is free. So I’ll be staying there for a while.

Upcoming episodes include a bit about my new book (there are people there who don’t read here), creating while ill, practical creativity tips, what I’m reading, what I’m working on, a few creativity tips, exercises to get out of a rut, and more.

Most of my episodes are around 5 minutes. They’re easily digestible and can fit in those spaces where you have just a few minutes and don’t want to or can’t start a 20- or 30-minute episode of another podcast. However, on that note, I am looking to do a few special themed episodes where I would have guests on with me for an interview about their creative process. If you’re interested, send me an email with “Podcast Guest” in the subject line.

I look forward to hearing from you.

Happy creating.

Let Me Back Up a Minute (Ultimate Blog Challenge)

I already had blogs written and scheduled to upload for Sunday and Monday before I read through everything about the Ultimate Blog Challenge. I mentioned at the bottom of Sunday’s post that I would be posting daily in October, but since it was at the bottom of the book launch post, I can understand how it might not have been seen. I’m here to fix that.

What is it?

The Ultimate Blog Challenge is intended to get you posting on your blog on a daily basis. It increases your community and raises your blog in the ranks of search pages. (A blog that is regularly updated ranks higher in search engines than a static website on the same topic.)

So, yes, I will be posting daily in October. After that, I will determine whether I will continue a daily schedule or go back to my previous three-times-a-week schedule.

Who am I?

I’m Jen. I have 8 books published, one out of print, and multiple projects in the pipeline in various stages of development. My main focus on this blog is the creative journey/path. I’ve even started a podcast about it. I talk about my struggles and triumphs and I try to give input/ideas about things that might affect you and your path too.

What are my credentials?

Well…. If you want official credentials, I don’t have any. I don’t have a degree in counseling or coaching or anything like that. What I do have is about 15 years of studying creativity in various ways (videos, books, conferences/lectures, etc.) I’ve written two books about creativity — Devoted to Creating: Igniting the Spark in Everyone (this is the book that is currently out of print, but I hope to have it available again by the end of the year) and 80 Creativity Tips. In case you missed it, I recently published the 2018 Project Planner for Creatives. I am now working on a new project designed to help people get in touch with their creativity. Look for Journal Your Way to Creativity by Christmas.

At some point, I hope to receive training as a creativity coach by the Creativity Coaching Association. I don’t know when that will happen. It’s not a necessity for me, but it’s just something I would like to do.

Anyway…

That’s it for the rewind to let you know about the Ultimate Blog Challenge and a bit about me and how I got started.

Happy creating!

Why Did I Start a Podcast?

Image used courtesy of The Public Speaking Project under a Creative Commons license.

Why did I start a podcast?

Here’s the short answer: I wanted to.

Here’s the longer answer: I’ve been thinking about doing a podcast for at least a couple years.

That’s all I did though. I thought about it. I thought about what format I would want it to take. I thought about who I would bring on for guest spots. I thought about who I wanted to interview. I thought about what I wanted to talk about.

I thought. I thought. I thought. I thought. I thought.

This year, my word for the year has been “focus.” It seems, then, that starting something new would be opposite that theme. Right?

Well….

Wrong.

Here’s why: I have been interested in and studied creativity for at least 15 years. I knew any podcast I would do would relate to creativity. This year, I have worked on several projects that relate to creativity, tapping into it, reinvigorating it, and so on.

Because of that renewed focus on the subject, it was a natural extension to start the podcast this year. So I did. After I chose the platform I would host it on, I uploaded a few short episodes and then discovered I have a very limited amount of space. Many things I thought I would want to do — bring guests in for interviews, etc. — simply cannot happen right now or it would use up my available space very quickly.

Unfortunately, I am not at a place where I can pay hosting fees right now. That will come, I have no doubt. In the meantime, though, I had to reconsider my format. I asked myself two main questions:

  1. Do I want to go with my original ideas and have longer episodes, thus using my space faster and having to find a new host sooner than expected?
  2. Do I want to reconsider the format and go with shorter episodes?

Ultimately, I decided on the second one. Not only does it allow me to learn more about what I’m doing, but it’s also more…digestible. If you download it to listen while you’re driving from one place to another, you don’t have to have a long drive. Short, five-minute drives are sufficient and my episodes fit nicely in that time frame. You won’t be in the middle of a thought/idea (on the podcast) when you get to your destination.

Once I know more about what I’m doing and have a different host where I can bring guests on, my episodes will get longer. For now, I think they’re a good length.

Oh, and in case you missed it in a previous post, my podcast is Wandering on the Creative Path on SoundCloud.