I have a checking problem.
I’m checking to see if the numbers have gone up.
I’m checking to see if anyone’s left a comment.
I’m checking to see if anyone’s shared my work.
And I’m checking to see if all my links lead to the right pages.
All this checking is like looking up at the sky to see if it’s still blue (or orange, if you live in Los Angeles).
Why am I doing this? Because we’re rewarded for checking. Not by our peers, but by our brains. When someone leaves us a nice comment or a red heart, our brains reward us with a dose of good feelings.
Relax. The sky’s still blue, your pages still work, your art is out there and people are going to see it.
Make your art, put it in the world, and forget about it until tomorrow. And if you have a serious case of checking (I call it “doom checking”), make time in your calendar for deliberate checking. Don’t make it too long, because then you won’t have enough time to do your work. Just long enough so that you can check all the important boxes.