Finding Time to Make Something

Here are some of my favorite things: interviewing people, talking about art (in the broadest sense of the term), and writing stories. Lit Pitt is a blog that combines these things. However, when starting this blog, I ran into some questions like

  • when will I have time?
  • is a blog the most productive use of time?
  • is that one guy who I see at every single Pittsburgh cultural event that I attend the only one interested in reading it?

Then I remembered this article that I once read on The Onion: “Find the Thing You’re Most Passionate About, Then Do It On Nights And Weekends For The Rest Of Your Life.” It contains ultra-useful tongue-in-cheek advice, like:

You need to find the one interest or activity that truly fulfills you in ways nothing else can. Then, really immerse yourself in it for a few fleeting moments after an exhausting 10-hour day at a desk job and an excruciating 65-minute commute home. 

The joke embodies one of the biggest questions for creative-types—How do you get to spend time being creative and make enough money to pay for things like rent, wi-fi, and the latest Beyonce album?

It’s a tough question, but it seems pretty clear that plenty of people are finding ways to make cool stuff. I plan to use this blog as a space to investigate how the heck people are managing this, to talk about art, and to tell stories of people who are interacting with the world in fascinating ways.

As for a brief and related introduction about me, I have a full-time job in healthcare advocacy that involves a good deal of desk-sitting. When I’m at my most productive, I resist the urge to binge-watch the latest season of Orange is the New Black and instead use my fleeting nights and weekends to squeeze in my own writing, gardening, and sewing, and to visit the places where I can find other people’s creations.

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