There’s so much advice about getting stuff. Getting sales, getting followers, getting clicks, getting likes. They’re probably really useful tips if what you want to do is get stuff. I’ve been given lots of advice about what to do to ‘get’ more stuff from my blog. But I don’t want to.
I want to play.
Stuart Brown, MD describes play as time spent without purpose. That sounds pretty cool to a person who thinks for a living. I think too much. I get paid for strategising. So when it comes to my blog, I just want to play.
I’ve often failed at this. I often found myself accidentally taking it too seriously but that was a habit… an occupational hazard not only of my day job but also of being an adult… needing there to be any other purpose than to mess around in the colourful chaotic crazy of life.
In my defence, playing isn’t always fluffy and fun. You play with a long shadow when you play with your image, your personality, your identity. But it’s only if you think there’s something wrong with the darkness, if you worry about judgement, rejection or disapproval, that you prevent yourself from joyfully exploring these different aspects of creativity.
That’s the beauty of play… it’s unpredictable. You don’t know where you’ll end up.
If you’re using your creative project as a means to an end, then you probably do need to be strategic (don’t listen to me because I haven’t done this). But otherwise it’s play. It’s a playground… a space you create free of agenda and objective. For me, that’s another word for freedom.
Have fun. Be joyful. Be free.
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