There is a rather robust argument over how we measure and define creativity. But what most schools have in common is one simple concept: ideas only count if we do something about them. That idea that you had while you were reading on the toilet? It means nothing if you don’t do anything about it.

Doing something is really hard, and most of the time it doesn’t turn out. It’s hard to get attention, and a lot of attention online can be negative. Also being creative means you spend a lot of time wondering if what you’re doing is even worth seeing. You’re sharing part of yourself with, well, everybody. And that’s a leap of faith.

But the most important thing to remember is that a creative person has no choice but to make something. It’s just who they are. For some reason they have something to communicate that cannot be shared the way that normal, everyday people do it. And communication is reciprocal. Shouting into the void is exhausting.

It’s why I’m happy to add Katelyn to our site, and I encourage people to visit hers. It’s a potpourri of confessional blog posts, photo shoots, music and poetry. Over time, I think she’ll find her voice and her message, I know it took a long time for us to figure out what we wanted to do. But just by making the site she got off the bleachers and got in the game.

Welcome, and Godspeed.

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