Pre-Syke.blog Roundup

In late 2019, I moved off of Medium and started up a dedicated blog here on WordPress. I did so because I wanted to grow my own platform to write on and to build my own bank of content online. A result of this was I imported some of the posts I wanted to keep over to this new site.

The problem is that all of those posts have been published on the same day, so things are very messy early on the blog. So I thought I would take some time today to break down those articles and give a quick summary on each. To make finding things a bunch easier. There are 24 or so articles from the “pre-Syke.blog” times, but I’ve kept it to just 10 of my favourite for this article.

Let’s get into it.


Disconnect, But Stay Online

“Being active on the internet is HARD WORK. And in spite of the common adage, “hard work pays off” — when online this isn’t always the case. For all the work you put in, all that hard labour may have no results.

No likes.

No progress.

So, you log off and stop sharing.

Bad times.”

In this article, I break down the thinking process behind the content strategy I follow. One where I’m mostly releasing, rather than observing. This mindset also ties into what I spoke about recently with Counter Habits. It’s focused on moving away from the “like”-based economy, and pushing to do your best work more often.


Finding Great Clients As A Freelance Designer

Here, I revisit a quote from a (now deleted) Medium article from a while back:

“There’s one thing that all freelancers need, and it’s not a fancy website, Dribbble profile, Twitter account, or addiction to coffee: it’s clients. Without clients, you’re without money and have to consider returning to full-time employment. I’m guessing you left for that freedom, and no one wants to give up their freedom.”

This remains true to this day, and in this article, I talk about the main methods I use to find my clients and make my living.


Your Parents Were Wrong

It’s far too common to hear stories of people leaving their dreams behind to do something that they are told to do or what is normal. In this article, I challenge this mentality and discuss how to find your way in life.


You Pay Your Bills By Understanding Problems

Here, I expand on a conversation I had with a colleague in the design industry about how a product I made didn’t solve the problem it needed to. I detail what went wrong and how to better understand the importance of addressing an issue someone actually suffers from if you hope to make money.


What To Do About Your Impostor Syndrome

“What would have happened if Matt Groening decided he wasn’t a good enough artist to make cartoons?”
“What if Stan Lee convinced himself he wasn’t a good storyteller and stopped writing comics?”
“Remember when Tyson Fury got fat? What if he gave up then and resigned that he wasn’t right to be a boxer?”

Just like many others before me, I’ve struggled a lot with imposter syndrome. Over the last decade, I’ve had a lot of experience with it. To help others who suffer from this common creative ailment, I detail my best ways to break through those mental barriers.


The Only Thing Stopping You, Is You

It’s super hard to balance all of your time and stay motivated to be consistently creative and releasing your best work. But it comes from a lack of planning and learning what drives you be successful.

Read on in this article where I explain how you need to start showing up if you want the results you dream of.


“What’s The Right Tool For This Job”

A commonly asked question in design circles online and in offices around the world. What isn’t given often as the answer, is the truth: “Asking this is a waste of time”.


The Rise Of The Nomad

As we move into the 2020s, where you work doesn’t matter anymore.

“As the next generation of workers moves to the forefront, a big focus on lifestyle has come to light, and as a result, digital nomads have emerged and proved you can work from wherever you want while making a great living.”

If you want to join this growing group of remote-first workers, you’re going to need to answer some tough questions and perfect your angle of approach. But it’ll all be worth it in the end when you are granted the ultimate reward: Freedom.


How To Reach Your Next Creative Level

Sometimes the next step of things might be moving to management and being in charge, but you suck at being in charge. You were a designer, and now you’re in a corporate job scheduling vacations and fucking around with admin. What happened?

Progression in the design industry is a mess. To progress your craft in the manner you hope to, you need to carve your own path.

Here’s how.


How To Be Consistently Creative

Hard work and planning are the critical ingredients needed to be able to continually be putting work out there. Doing so means you’re always ahead of the curve on your own ideas and always working to push forwards and keep momentum.

“Creativity can be fickle. It has a tendency to strike as the most inopportune times. Like as you’re about to fall asleep, or when you’re walking around far from your workstation or laptop.”


Thanks for checking out this round-up. I hope these articles help you on your journey.

Speak soon,

Jamie ✌️

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