… author and artist Austin Kleon’s answer to my question:
1. Yesehmehm is my Tumblr name. If you want, you can check out my Tumblr here.
2. There were two reasons I asked this question. The first reason is I’ve always wondered if people who are popular online keep track of their likes, followers, shares, etc. Katy Perry has 60 million plus followers. Does she keep track of her stats? Is she ever upset when something she tweets only gets 4000 likes instead of 11,000? Is there ever a point of popularity when you stop caring?
The second reason is I’m obsessed with my stats and I want to know if someone I admire and respect very much does the same thing. Such a relief that he does.
3. This is something for everyone to remember: “The work is yours when you’re making it, but it’s not yours once it’s out in the world. Then it has a life of its own.”
4. The Steve Albini quote he mentioned is this:
Once we release music it’s out of our control. I use the verb “release” because it’s common vernacular. But I think it’s a perfect description. Even more apt if you consider what happens when you release other things, say a bird or a fart. When you release them they’re in the world and the world will react and use them as it sees fit. The fart may wrinkle noses until it dissipates. The bird may fly outside and crap on windshields; it may get shot down by a farmer. It’s been released, so you have no control over it. You can’t recall the fart, however much you would like to. You can’t protect the bird.
5. I will probably never stop obsessively checking stats. My brain loves numbers and graphs and knowing what people are clicking and reading and sharing. I notice I do it the most when I want to stop thinking. I check stats when I’m stuck trying to figure out how to write my next post.
7. If you have read Show Your Work, vote for it at the Goodreads Choice Awards 2014. I did. Before he answered my question.