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The profile shot, more than anything, personalizes you. I begin to recognize faces and put names to them. Then, I am able to remember what they post about and a bit about their personality. Finally,...
How do you write a blog post? Maybe you are among the gifted few who sit down and the words flow. Still, there are times when it's a pain in the ass. Do you sit down, fingers at the keyboard, a blank...
Darin L. Hammond's insight:
What you'll find here: Why writing means anguish. How a cluttered mind inhibits the writing process. Steps to make writing easier and mindful. Instructions for writing a blog post as a meditation. The Anguish of Writing Three years ago, I stood in the 4'x4' drab, yellow entry way where Hemingway shot himself in the head with a a shotgun, in SunValley, Idaho in 1961, after suffering years of poor mental and physical health.
As an awesome writer and communicator, you are curious about the world and thrive in a creative environment, am I right? You typically think of an innovative atmosphere as being free from constraints, boundaries, and rules. But, you are wrong. The most powerful creativity comes from innovative ideas guided and constrained by rules and boundaries.
You live in chaos. Everyday you try to order and design the world to make a safe space for yourself. With the mayhem in modern life, imposing order is no easy task. Yet, you fight hard to make each day the best. You seek perfection, and you work your ass off doing it.
You can attain the perfection you seek, but only if you clearly define and understand what you are searching for. There is no universal standard of success, and what pleases you offends another. You carve your unique design of success.
Your eyes are fixed even before our brain. Darin's Note: Graphics rule the web because of the instant draw of the eye. Stunning images arrest our gaze, which can lead to reading the text on the page. Clearly bloggers need some sophisticated tools to stand out from the midst of the drab and hackneyed. I am no artist, but those at Deviant Art are masters.
Many of the artists just starting offer their images without license, in order to promote their name. I highly recommend the site, and encourage you to promote their work with money and exposure. Be sure you are clear on the uses and restrictions. This master work is by Harnoise75.
You'll discover here: Rules and restrictions often inhibit the freedom of writers on the internet and leads to stagnation. When too many rules govern writing, new and powerful innovations are watered...
The passing of Maya Angelou leaves a whole in our culture, never to be filled or even approximated. She was the voice of the caged bird, singing her way to freedom for all black women. She described...
I developed an obsession for the challenge, wondering if I could succeed in a task that I was not trained or prepared for.
Darin L. Hammond's insight:
I believe that to succeed with your blog and your life, you must center yourself on a written version of the core values that mindfully drive you - a manifesto. This has been my theme of late because it changed my life and can better yours as well.
But, the challenge requires a lust for change and improvement, a commitment to take actions that work toward change, and a well written and thought out manifesto. You use the manifesto to keep you on track, measure your evolution toward success, and provide a motivation to succeed.
As an awesome writer and communicator, you are curious about the world and thrive in a creative environment, am I right? You typically think of an innovative atmosphere as being free from constraints, boundaries, and rules. But, you are wrong.
The most powerful creativity comes from innovative ideas guided and constrained by rules and boundaries.