How reading blogs can lead you to your muse
"AS YOU READ AND ANALYZE OTHERS' WORK, CULTIVATE A SENSE OF CAMARADERIE WITH THE WEBLOGGERS YOU ARE LEARNING FROM. DO NOT BECOME COMPETITIVE; LET OTHERS INSPIRE YOU TO BECOME BETTER THAT YOU ARE NOW. "
Thanks to blogging, anyone with an opinion or story to tell has the ability to find an audience. Blogs can motivate and inspire, inform and entertain. Next time you are looking for creative inspiration, try reading someone else blog that pertains to the subject you are interested in. You may be pleasantly surprised what you get out of it.
Welcome to the blogosphere
Welcome to the blogosphere my friend.
A place where anybody can be published.
And by anybody, I do mean anybody.
From knitting grandmothers to talented teens; if you have something to say, you can get it off your chest in the form of pictures and words in your very own blog. Thanks to free hosting and easy to use templates, you no longer have to hold a BS in information technology to create or own a blog. Anyone who happens to be creative can now publish their work thanks to the advent of blogging.
Scary to think that it was only five years ago that the typing the word “blog” into your computer would cause that annoying little paperclip to run a squiggly line underneath it. It had yet to become official, still on the fringe, considered an outlet for the technical savvy (read geeks). Now, the blog is one of the pillars of the new web, an important media outlet that is utilized by all kinds of creative types whose aim is to…
- Inform: Giving you updates on the latest news in innovation in their area of interest.
- Entertain: From telling great stories, reviewing movies, or dishing on celebrities, there are many bloggers whose sole purpose is to make you laugh, cry or think.
- Motivate: Giving you advice or ideas for your own creative projects.
- Inspire: To get their point across to you and plant a seed of thought.
Reading the blogs of others can give you creative ideas and open your mind to new avenues of thinking, however, you also need to be aware that there is a downside to the openness of the blogosphere. Since anybody is able to blog, not all who do have the intention of informing, entertaining or inspiring. In fact, some blogs are not even written by humans anymore, but are merely a jumble of keywords assembled by bots who roam the net, snipping and pasting random phrases together.
Thankfully, these types of blogs are easy to spot. In most cases, if you look around a little bit, you will be sure to find some great blogs which deal with whatever subject matter you are interested in with great depth and insight. Read enough of these great blogs and you will have many opportunities to read many different ideas coming from different people, which will help you to think about the subject matter in a broader sense. No matter how insignificant the subject matter is, there is a great chance that you will find someone who is writing passionately about it in their blog, and several people engaging in a conversation afterwards (read blog comments).
Next time you are looking for inspiration, why not turn to your blogging peers to receive inspiration? You might find yourself looking at the subject from a completely different perspective allowing you to be more innovative and to come up with new ideas.