“Well…” I squint as I look to the floor like I’m searching for a lost contact lens.
This inevitable, ice-breaker, party question has been the cause of more social anxiety than I care to admit. I just never quite know how to answer it.
Most bloggers are able to categorize themselves into a nice, neat category. “I’m a finance blogger”. Travel-hacking. Movies. Sports. Fashion. Even something like “I just write down stories from my life” is succinct enough for most people. I, on the other hand, squirm like an eel and usually mumble something about art and life, sprinkled with a little bit of faith.
At this point, I’ve had enough embarrassment. It’s time to do some critical thinking and figure out how to answer this very basic question, and because I’m a blogger, I figured I would do it in front of all of you. So here it is, written for you, and whoever else wants to know. This is what I write about on my blog:
I write about the importance of creativity, and expanding our view of what an artist is
I write about human potential, and where I believe it comes from
I write about challenging convention and forging your own path
I write about writing, and how it’s about more than writing, just like every other creative act
I write about learning from the past
Noticing the present
And creating the future
I write about magic
And I write about the discipline, failure, and mindset it takes to create it
Okay, would this answer work at a cocktail party? Probably not. Perhaps to compensate for this, I’ll create a business card with a link to this post on the back. Whenever someone asks the question, I’ll slip them the card and say with a wink, “Wouldn’t you like to know?”
In all honesty, it’s really difficult for me to categorize my blog so simply and succinctly. But is that such a bad thing? Maybe our art doesn’t need to fit so neatly into the categories of others. Maybe it’s allowed to be complex, unpredictable, and challenging. Kind of like human beings. Or like life itself.