Though I felt like I was still figuring it out, I promised her that I would compile some tips soon. Unfortunately, “soon” became a month later and here we are. Better late than never…
It’s difficult to come up with creative ways to share works-in-progress (WIP) on social media, especially when the works are blog posts, so I loved that Sam asked for tips on it.
When you're writing, you're putting your thoughts and heart into words, which can make sharing the process an arduous task. But it doesn’t have to be. Let me show you...
To share WIPs, you need to simply:
- Demonstrate that you’re working
- Share a snippet of what you’re working on
- Share your perspective on it
- Keep it quick and concise (after all, you are in the middle of working...)
For example, if you’re struggling with articulating a blog post, you could always share that struggle, with a pic of your WIP (or lack there-of). Plus, these types of shares make you much more real and accessible since you’re sharing that you struggle at times (though they shouldn’t all have this tone, because you do have some wins, right?).
And now for some real-life examples:
- This Desk with a View post by Laurie Millotte concisely captures the essence of the above 4 points. It demonstrates that she’s working and what she’s working on “...I’m building the new flow chart for ‘I’m on LinkedIn, now what?’”. She shares her perspective with “my mind wanders…” and with the photo. And it’s concise; it gets the job done quickly and beautifully. Plus, I feel like I know Laurie a little better through it.
- This WIP share from Allie Lehman isn’t for a writing project or blog post, but it so perfectly captures her hustle and has all the elements -
It demonstrates that she’s working and what she’s working on (full shoot today, prop shopping, plus the photo). The tone and photo share her perspective, plus it’s concise. Done and done.
No matter what, sharing WIPs is important. Not just to serve yourself, but even more importantly, to serve others. If all we ever see on social media is the completed, perfected “afters” and none of the WIPs, we can become discouraged by our lives since we all live in the unperfected WIPs. Basically, #showyourreal through your work. We need it, plus we’ll probably like you more for it.