I want to be inspired by other creators but I don't necessarily want to be influenced by them.If I let someone else influence me too much, I will become a terrible copy of them and with my luck I will end up a copy of a copy of a copy.
I can't be original or at least kinda original if I let myself be influenced too much by one particular creator. Maybe this is why I subscribe to multiple YouTube folks and read multiple comic strips and read books on all sorts of topics by all sorts of different authors. I want a chorus of creators speaking to me and inspiring me but not molding me into their own image.
There are also times that I have to shut out the world completely for a while because the world is loud with so many voices that they drown out my own voice and then I don't know what to say into the recorder or type into the computer.
But even worse - and yes, there is worse than being drowned out - is when I experience a creation (podcast, video, book) that is TERRIBLE for one reason or another (boring, rambling, pointless, bad audio, etc.) and I start to see my own creations through the TERRIBLE FILTER and my mind is saying that maybe all of my stuff is just as bad!
Or, I experience a creation that is AWESOME! EXCELLENT! WONDERFUL! and I start to see my own creations through the I'LL NEVER BE AS GIFTED AS THEM FILTER and what is the point of doing anything if I will always be mediocre?
Inspiration vs. influence.
Give me the inspiration. Hold the influence.