This expanded vision of what the world is up to can also be disheartening. It shows you that lots of those great ideas you’ve been thinking about doing have already been done.
It is easy to fall into the trap of “wish I’d done that, but now it’s been done so I will sit on the couch and do nothing“. Don’t get me wrong, I LOVE my couch. Nothing wrong with a bit of couch love. Just don’t vedge every chance you get (and yes I am waggling the pointy finger at myself here too, you better believe it).
There are always people who are so “right” in their niche. Who have found their style and do it completely wonderfully. They may be able to do nothing else but when one fabulous site piles on top of another it can seem that everyone is totally good at something but you.
Well guess what? It doesn’t matter. You don’t have to be great. For all you creators out there, be it writer’s, illustrators, designers, crocheters… whatever… you do not need to be the absolute best and world-renowned at your chosen thing. You do not need to be Chagall or Andy Warhol. Or the world’s best blogger, Tweeter or Facebooker with fifty bajillion devotees. You don’t need to be Douglas Adams, Teesha Moore or Banksy.
You just need to be you and have fun with what you are doing. Create for the sake of it. Enjoy yourself. I am not suggesting you then flog it all on Etsy. By all means go for it if you want, but Regretsy is world-famous for a reeeeason.
Everything doesn’t have to be created for money and acclaim. Some things can just be created, you know, for fun.