Simple Blogging and Creativity

Yet another new look. This is — I hope — the last time I fiddle with themes and looks and adjustments for my blog, so I can get back to focusing on blogging and writing, letting loose some creativity. My web site also carries this new look, a theme called Oulipo with my own background. The idea is to find an ideal appearance which is easy on the eyes, elegant and interesting. (How’s that for original wishful thinking? Seriously, though, the folks who create WP themes are a creative bunch — thank you to all of them.)

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Recently I read a blog — The Scourge of the Internet. Leo Babauta wrote about the appearance and content of a blog. He stressed simplicity with a minimum, if any distractions so you, the visitor can focus on reading the blog, which is the whole point, isn’t it? The gist of the blog, in a nutshell, suggested leaving off advertising, links, tags, social buttons… well, you get the idea. He opens with this telling statement:

I love reading stuff online, and get a lot of inspiration from blogs. I can spend hours reading online. And thus, I’m annoyed for hours, because there are a ridiculous amount of things that bloggers and websites do that are incredibly anti-reader.

I agree, but I don’t at the same time. I have left a couple of items in the sidebar, a favourite text, a calendar (you do want to read my other blogs, don’t you?) and on this site, links to a couple of short stories I have published. I have a whole page devoted to them at my main site, riotthill, and hope to continue to add to publication numbers as time passes.

In the meantime, I am still reading several recently downloaded books, as per a recent blog post, and will comment on each as I finish it.

Here’s a YouTube video I watched last night. Sir Ken Robinson gave this talk way back in 2006, but his message of creativity and education are relevant today. It is very funny, too. 🙂

This dovetails neatly with several other sites and videos I’ve visited / watched recently: Everything is a Remix, and The Blank Sheet Project, both of which focus on creativity in a modern context. The videos and interviews are illuminating and inspirational.

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