A few month’s ago I began The Creative Process as a collection spot for all the great blog posts on creative process that were surfacing from various artists and designers. I used Posterous, a site similar to Tumblr in that it’s for collecting things you love from around the web. I posted blog posts in their entirety to keep it simple for folks visiting the site. The posts were a big hit with folks, and I got a lot of positive feedback about collecting them all in one place. It was going along perfectly fine until I saw the great traffic the site was getting. Suddenly I was concerned.
“Aren’t I actually diverting traffic from the blogs of these artists and designers?”
I felt terrible. Suddenly it felt like I was doing something wrong. My good intentions seemed somehow tainted, and I quit adding new posts. I struggled with whether to end the blog or how to fix the situation. I debated whether to contact the folks whose posts I had added. I obsessed about it all until I realized there was a very simple solution to the problem-
Send the traffic to the artists’ and designers’ blogs. (DUH!)
So I went and shortened all the blog posts to a picture or two, added a brief comment about each post, and directed folks to click on the “via” links Posterous adds under the photos. The “via” links will take you to the entire blog post on the artist’s or designer’s blog.
I get to keep collecting these post links in one place and share them with others, and hopefully send more traffic to all the talented folks who I’ve added to the blog.
So be sure to head over to The Creative Process and see who is sharing their creative process. I’ll be adding new posts once or twice a week, so feel free to subscribe and keep up with the new posts as they are added.
(Photo credit- Richard Drdul on Flickr. Hooray for Creative Commons!)