This is your chance, dear readers, to weigh in on the types of posts you’ll see over the next year on The Artist’s Road. I’ve arranged below a list of categories into which Artist’s Road posts could most comfortably be fit. It’s a bit of a challenge, because while this blog has a theme–living the art-committed life–it isn’t restricted to a formula for post structure or content.
Please weigh in below on what you’d like to see more of in 2013!
- Intellectual curiosity: I am full of questions but often short on answers. So I find myself throwing those questions out to all of you, from wondering whether creativity is more inherited or learned to the possibility that women write differently than men.
- Creative process: This could be considered a subset of the above. But I’ve spent a lot of years studying creativity and creatives, so I like to discuss the topic here, from the importance of wasting time to the relationship between superstition and your muse.
- Pedagogy: Isn’t it written somewhere that writing blogs are supposed to teach writing? (It’s probably written on a writing blog.) I do pass along creative writing instruction, from how flashbulb memories can light your prose to the use of extended metaphors.
- Blogging: Isn’t it also written that bloggers must blog about blogging? (That’s written on many blogs.) I’m a blogging instructor, so I occasionally offer posts from allowing your blogging voice to evolve to five things to remember while you blog.
- Rants: Okay, I know the occasional rant is necessary for any blog. I don’t do it all that often, but examples range from my screed against super-sizing the English language to my resistance to the notion that modern creativity only comes through collaboration.
- Humor: I fear that in my effort to be earnest and honest, I’ve been less inclined to reveal my humorous side. But I roll it out occasionally, from Mr. Bacon blogging from the National Book Festival to how to neither show nor tell in your writing.
- Resources: Loyal readers know these posts best as my no-longer-weekly “Creativity Tweets of the Week” series, but I occasionally compile other resource lists as well.
- Reflection: Ultimately, the fuel of this blog’s engine is my embrace of the art-committed life, with its peaks and its valleys. I feel most connected with you, my readers, when I write these posts, but they also strike me as the most selfish. I still struggle with revealing myself to others through my prose.
Goodness gracious. In the process of writing this list, I have come to feel that The Artist’s Road is a bit scattershot! Were a student in one of my blogging classes to tell me that he wrote eight different categories of posts, I might be tempted to tell him he has eight different blogs. Yet you all keep coming back, and I keep adding more readers. Go figure. Well, the invitation still stands. Help me decide which of these categories you’ll see more of in 2013!