It's been a long few months, it really has. ODOU has came from a passing thought on my part, through to a near-finished product in the course of half a year.
I've been reflecting the last forty-eight hours or so because issue one has been sent for a test print before going to launch in a few weeks. So I thought I'd take the time out now to highlight a few things, without getting too ahead of myself, to remind myself when I look back at the blog, which might help you, in any case:
- Things do not magically happen – you have to sit-in, sacrifice a few parties, stay up late and DO IT.
- Just start – start anywhere. Write down the first thing. Sketch the initial idea. JUST START.
- It's ok, you're not building Rome. Build a hut and take it from there.
- Nothing (substantial) happens overnight. Nothing. Not even Rome.
- You can do this – set your mind to it – engage with it.
- Forget what others think.
Trying not to sound all corny there with bullet points and what not, but that's sort of a screen-grab of the internal monologue I've had along the way starting this magazine.
I try to be realistic with my expectations in all honesty; half of starting a magazine was just out of fun and seeing where it might go. I'm no expert, nor am I claiming to change the world. I can say right now, before launching it, where it might go is unknown, and I'm ok with that. I have lowered my risks, not taken on more than I can chew and quite frankly, am not expecting it to break boundaries or shatter new ground. After that, if anything great does come about, then la-de-da, brilliant.
I realise that might come off as a bit wafey and sort of self-depreciating, that's not the intent. But I've learnt over the last couple of years to lower my (own personal) expectations of events and people and things and what not. It truly grounds me (though it's not easy all the time (and I do have setbacks)) but as long as I keep trying, then that's good.
So yes, reader, not long now, a couple of weeks to go... eek!