Tuesday, June 20, 2006

Discovering Enthusiasm

Mack Collier - shares tips/advice/wisdom on creating and growing a blog here

Thanks for the 1st comment ever to this blog, Mack!

Hopefully, I haven't lost you by creating the link to his post :) so if you're still here, this is my take. Mack's first point is pick a passion to blog about...this is where it starts. The word passion is a bit over used these days. Discovering one is no simple task. And discovering one to write coherently about is tough. Passions are personal. Our US culture seems to devalue being personal in public. It's tough to be understood when little value is placed upon something. Posting to a blog is both personal and public. Its a little risky but without risk would anything get done?

True passion breeds enthusiasm. The real ones stick over the long haul. Most of the time passion isn't like being struck with a lightning bolt. It begins with a spark. Passion might smolder for a long time. It builds in small increments. We really care about our passions. Life is about the journey and not the destination. So is the growth of things you are enthused about.

For me, a true passion has at its center the human quest to learn and to share. All of my passions center around learning and sharing over a lifetime. Today, I'm thinking a lot about my love of music. I came upon a great music sharing link yesterday. It's still beta but I set up a MOG. Think Music blOG. As mentioned in previous post, Street Music Week was a huge success. I've been playing for about 6 years. It is only within the last year that I began jamming with others. The increase in enthusiam is astounding while I learn and share. Yes, I played with the bluegrass bunch. New chords, new tunes. If you read the story please take not of its intent. It's not just about being a "busker"- its about sharing the value of public art. It's about the feeling that you just can't wait to play some more. Its about passion and enthusiasm. The bonus is when people listen.

This blog then will talk about learning, sharing, and storytelling. Exactly what a good newspaper and information source does. Its only a matter of the channel we choose.

Thats it for today!

1 comment:

Mack Collier said...

Bob thanks for the mention! And I must say that the new blog template looks MUCH better than your first one. Good job!