July 31, 2014

The ups & downs of blogging, and a lesson in perspective

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The Gates of Perception by worlockmolly

The Gates of Perception by worlockmolly

Writing the blog is one of those strange hobbies I cling to.  No matter what, I keep at it, even though it feels like a massive time sucking endeavor at times, and a glorious opportunity to rant incessantly to the world at others.

There have been times when the ideas just don’t come.  I can sit at the computer for hours and, eventually, go off to sleep utterly frustrated that I couldn’t even come up with a simple blurb just to keep the search engines spiders actively pinging my site.

Then, there are those times where I can crank out 3 drafts in an hour.  Even if they are just fluffy nonsense, they are still just fun to write and, once in a whole, I fell like I’m saying something useful or insightful in spite of the apparent silliness of the post, or the topic.

There are those of you out there right now, who are probably falling into 1 of 2 camps:  Those who say, “Of course.  There are periods of highs and lows, and riding the wave while you can is the way to go.  The spontaneity of the posts gives a sense of being genuine.”

Then, there are those who agree with the first group, but who would add, “Why don’t you just spread out the posts, so that you are always keeping the site updated the recommended 3 times per week, building up a backlog for those times when your creativity suffers?”

All good points.  And here’s another: The way in which you believe a person should go about their work is based on your own views of what that person’s goals should be – which is mostly a reflection of your own way of approaching work, which is based on your own perceptions.  Or, in other words, it’s all just a matter of perspective.

If, from your viewpoint, you believe people should pursue opportunities to express and create for their own sake, then you obviously understand the need, and agree with the method, of doing what works when it works.  If, on the other hand, you believe that work should be done to accomplish some end, and not just for the sake of the activity itself, then there’s not much understanding of just doing things whenever inspiration strikes.

Which side of the fence you’re on might be due to brain functions and chemistry.  Not everyone creates naturally, just as not everyone organize and strategizes naturally.

So, whenever you are in the position to be directing, or even commenting on the work of others, remember your own perspective when giving direction or advice – you might be dealing with someone who is entirely incapable of seeing things from your point of view – even if they want to.

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