A couple nights ago I finished my first email newsletter. It's complete with a story of me, a story of a comment on a video and something to inspire you. I have the list of emails it's to be sent to and one person I talked to is already excited to read it.
Why haven't I sent it yet? Fear ... and fear is scary. What if people don't like what I have to say? What if the HTML breaks and people think it's ugly. What if, what if, what if.
I'm proud of it and I have some good ideas for upcoming newsletters. People get a free song download when they sign up and I'm excited to hear the stories people share back.
One of the quotes I shared in my Youtube Video a few weeks ago is "Real Artists Ship" - Steve Jobs. It's great to have an idea. It's awesome to work on something. It's fantastic when it completed. When it's shared it's your art. When it's on your work bench or hard drive it's a project. When it's in the hands and minds of others affecting them in some way it's art.
That's some strong talk for a simple newsletter but basically if I don't ship it's just another half done thing on my list of half done things. I just need to man up and pull the trigger.
If you'd like to read my newsletter when I send it1 you can sign up on the right. After you read it feel free to reply and let me know what you thought and what you might be interested in talking about in a future issue.
1 I sent the newsletter on the same night as I wrote this post just so I'd stop worrying about it. You can read it here