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Why everyone should blog

why everyone should blog

Everyone should blog. You do not have to publish 500 words a day. You do not even need to post at all. In fact, writing comes easier when you can write for yourself, in private.

Use a smartphone journal like the Day One app or the ever popular Morning Pages Journal (Amazonwhere you write by hand. When it comes to blogging effectively, you have to be a little vulnerable. Don’t tell all but don’t hide everything either, especially if your advice will benefit the lives of other people.

“Everyone should write a blog, every day, even if no one reads it. There’s countless reasons why it’s a good idea and I can’t think of one reason it’s a bad idea.” 

Seth Godin

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I have been blogging for years (click here to view my guide to setting up a blog on WordPress). It is harder to get an audience who cares to read your stuff today than it has ever been. You have to assume nobody wants to read your shit (Amazon) because he or she is busy or would rather be social networking or playing games instead. However, for those readers who do read your blog frequently, they have subscribed for a reason.

Luis Suarez has been blogging since 2002 and recently offered some advice about using your blog to reflect the real you.

“It’s all about having a meaningful presence and how you work your way to make it happen, to leave a legacy behind, to share your thoughts and ideas others can learn from just like you do yourself with other people’s vs. pretending to be who you are not…Just be yourself with your own thoughts and share them along! It is what we all care for, eventually. The rest is just noise.”

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No, blogging is not dead

People like to say blogging is dead. But not only are new platforms emerging like Medium, but blogging is just writing. Words will always be a powerful way to say something meaningful, whether it is in print, online, graffiti, or the walls of a cave.

I started this blog so I could show the world what interests me. It is no surprise that what you read here is information I learned from other blogs. In other words, blogging acts like a canvass where you synthesize, remix and interpret in your words. Above all, blogging is free, what Seth Godin calls “the last great online bargain.” Blogging gives you a voice, and it is an excellent incentive to think in a world that just wants us to consume.

Blogging is a bicep curl for the brain. Write daily, and practice the art of conviction.

“Use your blog to connect. Use it as you. Don’t “network” or “promote.” Just talk.”

Neil Gaiman
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Never a blank canvass

Remote but close enough to remain within earshot. The artist beckons for renewal but never wants complete anonymity. #art #gif #productivity #creativity

Remote but close enough to remain within earshot. The artist beckons for renewal but never wants complete anonymity.

Purpose-driven, looking for a way of life rather than chasing the material. The artist strives to stay in form all year round like a professional athlete. Except his work never retires, it only gets ‘abandoned’ as Leonardo da Vinci once proclaimed.

The Art of the Photo

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The artist sets goals and rides the wave of success and failure. Each crest is a learning experience. If a one-hit wonder provides the economic backbone to make more, he will gladly take it.

Making art is like brushing the teeth. If you don’t do it consistently, you’ll feel like filth. The mental stain pulsates until the canvass gets some color.

Nothing numbs the pain more than doing it again tomorrow.

art via tumblr

Hearts manipulated at scale

Hearts manipulated at scale. It's as if social media is a new religion. The double-tap ❤️ permeates everything, so much so we stopped going on vacation for pleasure and instead with a desire to accumulate likes. #socialmedia #addiction #technoloy #gif #iphone

Hearts manipulated at scale. It’s as if social media is the new religion. The double-tap ❤️ permeates everything, so much so we stopped going on vacation for pleasure and instead with desire to accumulate likes.

Studies show that if your phone is in your field of vision you won’t be able to resist it. Do you think you can go without your phone a whole minute? No way! Not if it’s within reach.  

Over stimulation is an impediment to insight. Self-knowledge and new ideas percolate in disconnection. Yet it pains people even a minute to sit with their own thoughts.

The tug of war between consciousness and screen addiction is real. The lite brite is there to kill different avenues of thought. Fidget spinners are just sops. Give you mind permission to dodge the hook. 

Art by @annasalmi

Coron Palawan: The most beautiful island in the world

With a population of 51,803 people, Coron island in the Philippines is considered one of the most beautiful island in the world. And it looks like paradise. On a historical note, Japan used the island as a refueling base during World War II. 

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‘I’d rather have average art and survival’

"The tortured artist is the artist that gets remembered for all time, particularly if they if they either perish or overcome. But the truth is that so many of us are stuck in the middle. So many of us begin tortured and end tortured, with only brief bursts of light in between, and I'd rather have average art and survival than miracles that come at the cost of someone's life." #life #art #books

I know that I stopped thinking about extreme grief as the sole vehicle for great art when the grief started to take people with it. And I get it. The tortured artist is the artist that gets remembered for all time, particularly if they if they either perish or overcome. But the truth is that so many of us are stuck in the middle. So many of us begin tortured and end tortured, with only brief bursts of light in between, and I’d rather have average art and survival than miracles that come at the cost of someone’s life.

Hanif Abdurraqib, They Can’t Kill Us Until They Kill Us 

Running to safety

Acceptance precedes change, the self-help books proclaim. One can’t advance unless they agree with their current state.

Similarly, uncertainty boils in anticipation. The only way to calm the nerves is to take an action that scratches the itch. Doing instead of wondering is a litmus test for hope.

Both acceptance and initiative make us feel more alive. Go toward the fear. Running away from anything always makes things worse.

Unique in your perversity

You may be unique in your perversity, always bucking trends and wanting to know more than what’s at face value. #gif

You may be unique in your perversity, always bucking trends and wanting to know more than what’s at face value.

The outlier refuses to live on the whims of an algorithm. Interesting people always dig deeper.

Making a plethora of connections, the anomaly also finds the time and space to air out the neurons.

To think different produces a mark for decades. So you keep evolving, breaking experiences into pieces.

The power of self-reflection

The power of self-reflection #gif

Writing is therapy, if only because it provides enough introspection to organize the experience. 

When you sit down and pull your thoughts out of the hat, the body and mind unite. 

Most people are often too often seduced by moving on. They don’t dive deep into the everydayness to find patterns that light the soul. 

Journaling is a lost art. So is thinking, both of which empower the human will instead of distracting it into an endless feed of inspiration porn. 

There’s an internal scribe inside all of us. But you need to be aware of what’s going on before you ride the wave of emotion. 

art by Fausto Montanari

‘Don’t water down your natural style’

"What you love to think about, dream about, speak about, learn about and create about is your genius. Don’t water down your natural style or contort yourself into some idealized version of who you think you should be. The impulses that come from deep within are your guide track to greatness. We want you as is." Ralph Waldo Emerson #Quotes #life

What you love to think about, dream about, speak about, learn about and create about is your genius. Don’t water down your natural style or contort yourself into some idealized version of who you think you should be. The impulses that come from deep within are your guide track to greatness. We want you as is.

Ralph Waldo Emerson, Self-Reliance

‘All human activity is prompted by desire’

All human activity is prompted by desire. There is a wholly fallacious theory advanced by some earnest moralists to the effect that it is possible to resist desire in the interests of duty and moral principle. I say this is fallacious, not because no man ever acts from a sense of duty, but because duty has no hold on him unless he desires to be dutiful. If you wish to know what men will do, you must know not only, or principally, their material circumstances, but rather the whole system of their desires with their relative strengths.

Bertrand Russell, The Conquest of Happiness 

Memories reconstructed

Memory is reconstruction. We capture an image in our mind’s eye and recreate it with the code in our brain when it needs recalling.

The problem today is that most of what we see is on screen. Our mind encodes both reality and irreality, often generating exaggerations such as the dream for human wings.

The greatest secret of a powerful memory is to bring information to life with your endless imagination.

Kevin Horsley, Unlimited Memory

The symbiosis between physical and digital bytes fuse a mirage of mind movies. In the search for meaning, we rely on reproducing imaginary blocks in our head.

Cal Newport’s Digital Minimalism

Cal Newport's Digital Minimalism #gif #books

I’m looking forward to reading Cal Newport’s new book Digital Minimalism before my face falls off from the screen glare. 

A philosophy of technology use in which you focus your online time in a small number of carefully selected and optimized activities that strongly support things you value, and then happily miss out on everything else.

Cal Newport, Digital Minimalism: Choosing a Focused Life in a Noisy World

Artwork by Abstract Sunday 

The compound effect

It's the anticipation that kills. The only ailment is doing the work on a consistent basis.

It’s the anctipation that kills. The only ailment is doing the work on a consistent basis. 

Hard work is nonmiraculous. It’s the transformation from turning ambition into signal that makes the man. 

Experience and sticktuitiveness strengthen the bones in the goose. 

To wake up and do it again seems like insanity. And it is. But in doing so we reap the benefits of discipline. The compound effect takes over. 

We are nothing without pushing through our habits. It is only then do our efforts germinate and evolve into something bigger than ourselves. 

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