So. How do you get that buzz back?
I posed this Q for our Rancheros to see how they've been handling this year.
1) A shift in focus
"In this year deprived of in-person devices, we were forced to focus on the content, our annunciation, our tech and our stories.
I think a lot of people realized how vital the visuals can be to keep people engaged. We also were forced to look at some other mediums like broadcast, to see how they keep their audiences engaged."
2) Call your friends & former colleagues
Steve has been on the phone:
"I've been talking with a lot of people that I had lost touch with. Fortunately most of those people are friends from art school so it can translate to inspiration and work pretty easily.
However, the list for sure includes some old colleagues as well... since nobody is at the office it doesn't really matter where you work—talk to the people you liked working with. Basically just thinking that 'people miss people, they'll be happy to hear from you' makes it a lot easier to pick up the phone."
3) Join an online creative community
For Allie, meme-sharing among like-minded folks in marketing is a useful outlet. (Cathartic, too, when poking a bit of fun at clients, @consultingcomedy & @marketing_humor)
There are now more creative communities to join than ever. Check out:
- Just Us Collective
- Ooh la la - illustration industry insights, inspiration and collaboration!
- "The Slack community for hackers." Chat out your software dev issues and LEARN with introverts across the country!
- On the Side
- We all picked up bread-baking in 2020, but this is a community to help you finish your creative and/or profesh side projects.