“What if we eventually realize that, like the alt weeklies, these are things we do because they should be done, because it’s fun, to make our little community a better place … not because they’re going to be great businesses.” – Derek Powazek
“but I was still hoping I had a little fire in the belly, and maybe a little gas left in the tank to make something more of myself, before I ended up with just a broken spirit and a comfortable life. and so here I am: still standing in the arena, in hand-to-hand combat with demons mostly of my own making, aiming to make a small dent in the universe. nowhere near a great success story, yet fighting the good fight and perhaps helping others to achieve greatness as I attempt a bit of my own.” – David McClure
It’s Also an Issue for Me.
“The things I did because I was excited and wanted them to exist in reality have never let me down and I’ve never regretted the time I spent on any of them” – Neil Gaiman
While I’ve never read anything by Neil Gaiman – I feel a strong kinship towards him (of course I’ve seen his Dr. Who episode). One of my college housemates was an unbelievably huge fan. So huge he would immediately notify the entire house of Neil Gaiman sightings (not terribly unlikely where I went to school).
There are times, even 15 years in, that I still consider myself an artist. That I also feel some camaraderie for those choosing a career as an artist. This commencement speech from Neil Gaiman was one of those times.
“I don’t see programming as a job, I see it as a creative act.” – Dave Winer