I’ll be honest Louise, I feel like you’re in a bit of a slump at the moment. You haven’t made a Tableau Public viz in over a month and you haven’t written a blog in two weeks. For you, this is abnormal. While in training at the Data School, you were churning out vizzes about once a week and blog posts about twice a week. It’s been two weeks since DS11 graduated from the Data School and have been out helping clients. Maybe that’s why you haven’t made anything… Or maybe that’s what you’re telling yourself but in reality, you just can’t think of anything.
Of course, there are loads of visualisation initiatives out there like #MakeoverMonday or #SWDChallenge that you could participate in but you haven’t been able to get yourself excited enough to produce something you think is great. Don’t get me wrong, these communities are brilliant for improving data accessibility and you participate in them but there’s not always a topic you’re eager to visualise. For you, and I expect a lot of others out there, you don’t like to publish something you’re not stoked about and I feel that does hold you back in terms of volume of public content you produce. However, I guess it also means the content you do produce is exactly what you want to say to the world.
“This is me. This is what I can do. This is what I care about.”
You are happy that your Tableau Public profile represents you and what is important to you. Whether its your viz on refugee deaths or inclusivity of makeup shades, because they were projects personal to you, you were engaged and inspired while creating them. It seems that when you take on a non-work related project that you’re not enthused about, you are slow and you procrastinate and you’re not happy with what you make. When you’re making a viz on a topic you care about or a new chart design that you’re excited to try, you fall in love with data visualisation and Tableau all over again. But waiting for an opportunity to come your way could take time.
So, what I’m long-windedly trying to say is, you were rather spoiled for inspiration while at the Data School but now that you have graduated, you need to take things into your own hands and actively seek to be interested and engaged instead of succumbing to a ‘slump’. This could mean trying harder to find an interesting story from a dataset or keeping an eye on Kaggle or Github. Even if a dataset doesn’t immediately strike you as interesting, there’s probably gold nuggets in there somewhere. There is no shortage of fascinating data out there. You just need to get off your ass and find it.
From your self,