Weeknotes 118 - I’m no brand
- I wanted to sell a couple of items of clothing instead of donating them as I usually do. I’ve had some success putting stuff up on eBay before, but this time I decided to try Depop. To my surprise Depop expected me to become a brand and promote my “shop”, and seems to have done absolutely nothing to help my items get discovered. It’s very much not a product for someone like me, who doesn’t have a social following to market to.
- My partner and I play a game of “where is it”, where we send each other photos highlighted on that day by iOS in featured photos and ask each other to guess where it was taken. It’s lovely to be reminded of all the cool adventures we’ve had. I really can’t wait until we can go back to California and drive around in a cool car.
- This book about songwriting breaks down the process of building a song from scratch into steps I can actually understand. I was able to imagine that at some point you have to sit down and write some lyrics. But the book breaks that process down into even smaller steps, from advice on how to brainstorm words and phrases, through finding a lyrical hook to structuring a chorus etc. Each step assumes you’ve never done anything like it before so it covers everything you need to know to execute it for the first time. Part of what’s impressive about it is serving the steps at such granularity that in isolation none of them seem scary or difficult.
- Still singing “Jeffrey Bezos, Jeffrey Bezos, Jeffrey Bezos” all day, every day. What an earworm.
- I recently learned to play Highway to Hell, Hey There Delilah, Shallow and am still working on Sunshine of your Love. They’ve all challenged me a lot, but it’s cool seeing just how much I can handle a mere 6 months after starting guitar lessons.