Camp Mighty tickets go on sale today! I’m so excited about our plans for next year I’m having trouble sleeping at night.
Remember two years ago when I asked you guys for help building a community and a place for us to meet up? And a bunch of you said No Facebook!” and I thought “…uh.”
This year I saw Emily Winfield Martin speak at (the fantastic) XOXO, and she said something I haven’t stopped thinking about. She was a blogger working in a video store, struggling to become an artist. Gradually her readers began purchasing her work on Etsy, which allowed her to drop shifts until she could make art full time. She said:
“We live in a time when any misfit can make a job for themselves with bravery and hard work — emphasis on hard work. The alchemy that makes your thing real is the audience. It’s like the Velveteen Rabbit, ‘Love makes you real.’ It may sound dramatic to say about your readers or customers, but they make you real. They make your imaginary thing real.”
I couldn’t have said it better, Emily. Many thanks to you guys for helping me make my things real.
We’d love to see you at Camp Mighty. So come. You will like it.