Blogging to invent yourself

Post #7 of my book-to-blog experiment; read the previous post here

Photo by La-Rel Easter on Unsplash

You know that feeling you get when you see, hear, or experience something profound (profound in a good way)?

You want to pause there.

Expand the moment.


See what comes up for you.

Maybe it’s a song you connect with, deeply and instantly.

The Lightning Strike, by Snow Patrol

Snow Patrol’s 16-minute story song is amazing (to me). Here is but one piece of the lyrics that stayed — and stays — with me:

And in the middle of the flood I felt my worth
When you held onto me like I was your little life raft
Please know that you were mine as well

(To hear that bit, play from around 12:00)

That profound moment may also take the form of a breaktaking new vista, something you’ve not seen before, such as the first time I saw the Colorado Rockies rising up, with snow on the peaks — in July!

My first, most striking view of the Colorado Rockies, taken when we visited Denver.

Maybe it’s an exhibition that leaves you hungry for more, like this haunting sound exhibition I saw or, rather, heard, at the North Carolina Museum of Art.

Janet Cardiff and the Forty Part Motet, experienced at North Carolina Museum of Art

This morning, I found a single, striking line of text in Show Your Work by Austin Kleon.

Just one small sentence, 18 words.

It set off a big reaction in me, something I knew I wanted to explore.

I did try to keep reading, but the sentence kept pulling me back. I kept returning to it.

Finally, I highlighted it so I could play with it later.

But, apparently, my Muse wanted to play today, because I simply could not continue on with my morning until I wrote this blog post.

Okay … you may be thinking, “Get on with it, Renae! What is the sentence!” (I’d be thinking that if I were you!)

Here it is:

Don’t think of your website as a self-promotion machine, think of it as a self-invention machine.

Wow. I wish I had written that :D

I do think Kleon means blog though, as he’s talking about sharing yourself — showing your work. A website, although updated now and then, is primarily static. A visitor who lands on your services page today will expect that those services will still be available next week.

A blog, on the other hand, is alive. Or at least it SHOULD be alive, if you keep it that way.

And — get this — this post I’m writing right now? At this moment? It’s me inventing myself. It’s me being the blogger and writer I want to be.

My website, which has a blog on it, promotes me. My blog though … it invents me, piece by colorful piece.

How about you? Clap and comment; share what you think!