Hope and happiness for my faithful readers
If you read my blog regularly,which I'm sure you do, I tend to focus on the hardships in life and writing. I struggled yesterday to write a post on depression and work. Depression is something I deal with daily, but I realized when I came across the idea to "take a break" that I needed one.
I write from the heart and mind, and so it is painful for me. If you are a true writer you are probably in a similar situation. Writing about important issues is taxing. But, writing isn't always painful, and I overgeneralize when I place too much emphasis on the negatives and the aches.
Whatever the cause of pain might be, I realized that writing can be many things, including enjoyable. Yes, downright fun. Maybe not always, but you can have fun at times regardless of your approach to blogging.
The surprising benefits of play
In writing my post yesterday, I became conscious of my emotions and actions. I was surprised to find that I focus on the negative so much when the benefits of fun are solidly proven.
Play is the highest form of research.
The greatest minds advocate the need for play in innovation and ingenuity. Einstein came up with some of his greatest breakthroughs by playing mind games or mental experiments. For example, he imagined flying past earth on a rocket at the speed of light in order to think about what might happen.
A basic reason for having fun while writing is that great minds praise it.
What do most Nobel Laureates, innovative entrepreneurs, artists and performers, well-adjusted children, happy couples and families, and the most successfully adapted mammals have in common? They play enthusiastically throughout their lives.
It's useful to explore why fun is productive because it sounds counter-intuitive. Fun and play have more than just a few benefits in the workplace:
Clearly define your purpose and boundaries
You blog in a style that is unique and exceptional, and not all play or fun is appropriate for what you write as a blogger. In order to determine the flexibility you have in playing in your blog, you have to consider its scope by:
Some ideas for blogging play
It's hard to generalize since you all write on such diverse topics, but I'll present some ideas that are applicable across a wide spectrum.
The list goes on, and is only limited by your creativity. Innovation comes from mixing things up and playing around with them. You can bring new life to your blog by putting on a different writer's cap and trying fun things.
By Darin L. Hammond
Works for BlogCatalog, owns and writes at ZipMinis.com, and freelances as a writer and designer. Darin Publishes across the web on sites like Technorati, BC Blog, Blog Critics, Broowaha, Demand Media Studios, and Social Media Today. Google
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