That being said, I don't often read books on basket weaving. Why? Because I'm not a practicing basket weaver. Even if I was intending to one day pick up basket weaving, I still wouldn't read any books on the subject just yet. If I am not actively pursuing the cultivation of basket weaving skills, how can I expect to get anything out of a basket weaving book? Without the experience of what it's like to buy the materials, stitch them together, and test the final product, the book would be like reading gibberish. I might as well get a book on being an astronaut, or an accountant, or a dinosaur.
Everyday, millions of people are reading books, articles, and even BLOGS (wink,wink) about creativity and how to become more artistic. As much as I love that creativity is such a hot topic in our culture today, I would be lying if I didn't say that the person who is reading those books, or that magazine, or this blog, and not creating art of their own is wasting their time.
In order to appreciate A Gentlemen's Guide to Basket Weaving, we must actively be weaving baskets in our everyday lives. We need to know what it feels like to make a terrible basket. We need to taste the victory of creating a great one. There is a depth of understanding and appreciation that only comes from having experienced both extreme failure and wild success in any arena.
I find it very flattering that anyone would take the time to read this blog. But the greatest compliment I could receive, would be for you to do something with what you have read. That is, in my opinion, the only way to truly get something out of what you read.
Go. Create. Then come back for more when you need a push.