Ahhh, Coldplay. Chris Martin knows how to pull at the heart strings. If you haven't seen the illustrated video for Coldplay's song 'Gravity' (below), you're missing out. This little graphic was the result of me listening to this song an embarrassing amount of times consecutively tonight. SO. GOOD.
This past weekend, I attended an annual design conference here in Minnesota called 'Design Camp'. The three day conference features a number of creative speakers (James Edmondson and Jacob Escobedo being a couple of my favorites) as well as various hands-on workshops. Rougly 350 people from the region attend and it's AWESOME.
At the start of each presentation, a theme was made very obvious. There was one theme, however, that kept resurfacing... Obsession. Every single speaker encouraged designers to find one thing they really love and completely obsess over it. It makes for a more interesting body of work and creates a system of rules to follow from project to project.
This concept was drilled into my mind in school, but I never consciously followed through with it. Obsessions are time-consuming. They're thought-consuming. They can be unhealthy. But with each reinforcement of this idea throughout the conference, I felt guiltier and guiltier. Why didn't I have an obsession? Do I have one that I just haven't recognized? Do I search for one or does it come to me? I'm still not sure, but I'm interested in finding out.
What're your thoughts on obsessions? I'd love to hear your take on this.
"What will people think? Who am I to give advice? Who cares about my thoughts? Will I come off the wrong way?" These are all common questions people ask themselves before starting a blog. And even when they do, some are constantly apologizing for sharing their views on a subject or performing a tutorial on something that is not their expertise. But why?
Here are some reasons why having a blog has nothing to do with ego (and why you should start one!).
1. It's productive.
Blogging gives a sense of worth and productivity. Sticking to a posting schedule, setting blog goals, and creating content all requires self-discipline and creativity. It's a challenge. To some, it's a hobby; to others, it's a career.
2. It's an outlet.
Much like writing in a journal, a large sense of relief ensues from blogging. Sure, it's not as private (though you can have a private blog), but it opens the door to meaningful conversation with both like-minded and opposing opinions. Got something to say? Say it. There are so many people who would love to hear.
3. It's your space.
You can share your blog with whoever you want, it's your space! Not everyone who starts a blog even has the intention of sharing it with others. The first couple years I had my blog, I didn't tell anyone. I wanted people who found it relevant to read it, rather than promoting useless information to random people I went to school with. The day one of my friends saw it on my laptop, I almost cried I was so embarrassed. Thankfully, they were extremely supportive and even showed interest in starting one too. After that, I realized I was putting more effort into hiding my blog than being comfortable with it and soon began to not care about the few people who questioned it.
4. It doesn't mean you're an expert.
Sharing your way of doing things could help someone else tremendously. You don't need to be an expert, and just because you write about something doesn't mean you think you're an expert. If it's enjoyable to you, it most likely is to someone else, too.
5. ...And it definitely doesn't mean you think your life is superior.
Every blog should be taken with a grain of salt, just like social media. We see snippets of peoples lives, very curated snippets. Whether it's a passion for photography or the simplicity of it (using blogging as a way of documentation, that is) that drives it, bloggers share beautiful moments for a multitude of reasons. To think that someone believes their life to be superior simply because they choose to document it is outrageous.