Creativity and the Blog

I mostly use Twitter for "listening" … I scan the conversations from time to time to gauge what is going on in my personal universe. From time to time I will join in the conversation, but often my response is delayed due to working patterns, time zones or even the volume of information that passes through my Twitter feed. What often happens is that I will find a link of interest and then I will write a couple of sentences and save the information as a draft here on the blog. Later, when I have time, I scroll through the back catalogue of unfinished blog posts and finish it up. Here is one of those posts:

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Today a tweet grabbed my attention, though it really could have just passed by. Paul Terry Walhus points out this great listing of free courses on web development available on the net. It is broken down into category areas such as multimedia, development, design and so on, making it not only a comprehensive list of resources but a usable one as well.

For me, the Servant of Chaos blog is a personal scrapbook of ideas … I use it to work through concepts, to engage in debate and to capture the fleeting moments in time where the world and I collide.

If you write a blog, do you use it as a source and expression of your own creativity — and why? And if you DON’T write a blog, how do you think blogging would impact or change your personal creativity and how would this change your professional life?

I would love to know 😉

2 thoughts on “Creativity and the Blog

  1. Comments: Gavin – this is a great post. You are likely aware that criticism or cynicism literally blocks neuron pathways of creativity in the human brain.
    The brain cannot process these two polar opposite neuron pathways at the same time. That makes your post even cooler — thanks for the inspiration, Gavin! Ellen

  2. Gavin I really relate to the “scrapbook of ideas” concept.
    If I see it as anything more, I face writers’ block. I have been challenging myself to write more often lately and I have found it to be a great exercise in freeing up my creativity.
    When my mum taught art, she told the students to scribble if they felt like they couldn’t get started with artwork. Yes, scribble and doodle 🙂 I see blogging as something similar. It helps me realise it doesn’t take much to express an idea – and it really makes my day when I get comments. It adds to what I have written. It’s like reading the comments book at an art gallery – except I can click on a link and discover so much more about the person writing.

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