In case you missed it, Adam is just back from a trip to Cleveland, where he toured some of the city's amazing maker spaces. Excited to talk about what he saw, Adam (aka "mistersavage") went on reddit for an AMAAM ("Ask Me Anything About Making"), answering maker- and maker-space-related questions for 90 minutes.
We've gathered some of our favorite answers below; to read the full AMA, go here: https://redd.it/4hv3an
ghostonbody: I often get anxiety and low confidence, and feel doubt about the things I make. If you ever get similar feelings, how do you overcome them, or keep making things in spite of them? What is your advice for someone who loves to be creative but feels self conscious about the things she makes?
mistersavage: Oh my FSM all the freaking time. Dude (or dudette), just the day before yesterday we were shooting a one day build for Tested.com, and nothing that I did in the shop seemed to go right. I kept screwing up. Remaking things and then boning THAT. I swear to you, I finished the day feeling like I had NO business making things. It sucked. I was blue. This happens. To EVERYONE. And it's OK. Like all emotions, good and bad, it's temporary.
I did some good building yesterday and feel a little better. I plan to do more today. I know intellectually that my feeling like I'm an idiot at making is patently silly. That doesn't help in the moment, but in the long run my going easy on myself in that moment is what's important. I went home, had some tea, walked the dogs and talked to my wife and slowly things slid back to normal.