Up until a couple months ago I used to coach a lot of bloggers via Skype. Or some other video conferencing app. It doesn’t matter.
The vast majority of them were, obviously, beginners. People who had started a blog a few weeks prior to deciding that I was their best bet at online fame. And during our first chat, there was something that I’d notice in the way they spoke: they were afraid.
And it was this strange mutation of fear; they were afraid that no one would ever read their stuff, afraid that they were never going to be as good as their favorite bloggers.
A couple thousand years ago there was this king. He was quite nasty and deceitful. He was also a bit arrogant. What you’d call a smart ass.
Well, at one point, the gods had enough of it, and they punished him by being forced to roll a boulder up a hill only for it to roll down every time it neared the top. He had to do this, over and over again, for ever and ever.
His name was Sisyphus, and we now “honor” his name by using it to describe the backbreaking, neverending work that we often do but never seem to complete.
And, sometimes, it seems that blogging is just like that.
After all, you will someday run out of things to write about. You will feel trapped by the creative limitations of a certain niche or topic, or by the inner voice that tells that you are just writing about the same things, over and over again, for the same people.
So, what do you do when that happens? Do you give up? Do you start blogging about other topics?
I’m only asking because it’s really not as hard or mysterious as you might think.
One thing that prevents many people from boosting their creativity is the notion that creativity is somehow determined by intelligence. Another is the idea that creative people are born that way.
In truth, research shows that once you get slightly above an average I.Q., intelligence and creativity are not related. So you could be a genius and display little creativity or have fairly average intelligence and wield amazing creative powers. Continue reading “Are you Creative [Enough]?”→