Amazon reviews. MySpace. Tribe. GoodBooks. Blog listings. Widgets. And under, or over, it all, making art. Finding a voice, and finding a market. Will writing reviews on Amazon drive anyone to my website (yes, they have; keep doing that part). Stop, breathe, and remember that once I’ve learned a new tool / venue / approach, it’s easy(ier).
(Brand new-to-me blogging software, too, and I hate right-and-left justified text and I can’t figure out how to turn it off. WordPress’ template pages are not available this morning; supposing it’s the regular weekly maintenance window. Put up with this for a while.)
Trying to be clear in this swirling maelstrom of ideas and possibilities that surrounds my conscious time, which ones have heart, which have potential, and which can actually be brought into tangible reality without huge investments of unrecoverable time and money.
I just took the StrengthsFinder 2.0 assessment. My results didn’t change very much from the 1.0 version. People familiar with the assessment may note that “creativity,” per se, is not one of the 34 strengths in the list. My own creativity arises out of Maximizer and Strategic, with a nod to Input along the way. I inhale information; I see possibility in many many things, and I have the wiring to figure out how to take the possibility and make it happen. I wonder how creativity in other people is rooted and whether there are any patterns shared among artists in different media? And then, how would I figure that out? Not a driving research issue for me today, but one of those questions to put on my “if I won the lottery and/or had funding to pursue interesting questions with no hope of renumeration” list.
Why, or do I at all, care that you know what I’ve read? As noted in a different post, I rarely post a review on Amazon if there are more than 10 reviews already, or if my comment won’t affect anyone’s buying decision. However, that rubric means any book that’s late to the party gets ignored in the larger web world. It’s possible someone might be interested in what I’ve read; might find one’s own inspiration in a book that already has a pile o’reviews on the big A. In the lingo of Tipping Point, I’m a bit of a book maven. I should probably take some action on this, then.