The Graffiti of Your Soul

Graffi-tea

This picture is reasonably beautiful street art. I like it because the artist put some time and effort into it. Sure, it’s just a tag, but it’s also something that you know she or he worked to design and perfect. Several notebook pages went into making this look just right before the Krylon hit the cinder blocks.

Pac Man's Enemies are Thinking Graffiti is often overlooked, and in that sense, it’s kind of like blogging. A great big chunk of society looks at blogging almost the same way many look at graffiti: oh, that’s that thing some people do. It’s all about themselves. It’s all just a bunch of chatter. It’s not important.

For many people (not you), blogging isn’t all that interesting and definitely not that important. I’ve conducted interviews with many people who put air quotes up when they say “bloggers.” Their eyes roll. Imagine being a street artist, and I imagine that goes up a thousand fold, because at least most blogging isn’t illegal (sorry Iran; sorry China).

What Is the Graffiti of Your Soul?

What are you pouring into your blogging? Even if it’s for work, what are you doing there that is meaningful, but that might get overlooked? How are you contributing to the art form, or are you? I’m curious to know about that.

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  • http://rickmanelius.com Rick Manelius

    This is actually a difficult question for me to answer. While there is a definite theme in terms of the knowledge and work I pursue that feeds my soul, my writing hasn’t reflected that passion and it’s hard to boil it down to a particular phrase/statement/theme.

    But what I’m trying to do is help people get beyond their blocks and limitations. To see the truth in themselves and their situations. I know it sounds lofty, but it’s true and I’ve had a lot of success there.

    It’s probably while I’m writing less as I’m finding a lot of joy in that line of work… transforming lives and getting people on track. If I can find a way to get a similar impact from my blog, all the better!

  • http://rickmanelius.com Rick Manelius

    BTW, loved your article about “Dream Feeding.” In a sense, that is one of the underlying motivations of what I do…

  • commoncents

    I write that women and children need revering and protection. That our food should nourish us. I think some museum art is not art. I think people have plenty of money, they spend it on the wrong stuff. I think men in power need ethics. I think you are doing a great service by asking thoughtful questions. Thanks.

  • http://twitter.com/LeadingEveryday Juan Cruz Jr

    I enjoy writing about leadership from a Biblical perspective and I infuse my personal experience. I am pretty new to blogging, only a year into. I know that there are a lot of leadership experts that I follow – i.e. John Maxwell, Michael Hyatt, just a name a couple – that are well established. But I know that I also can make a difference in the arena of leadership.

  • Stacy Teet

    I write about giving my children the best future possible, from the life I have created for them, the way I choose to raise them, to the mark I want to leave on the world.

  • David Mattichak

    I began writing my blog as a means of publicizing my first novel but it soon evolved into a serious work in its own right. It has become an important part of my writing process, a place to air my opinions and often to record my bemusement with the world.
    I have decided to allow the blog to evolve organically so that it really is a record of my experiences and thought processes.

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    Hi Chris!

    I love playing sports like cricket and learning new skills of it and I also like to have some work regarding web development and learning and implementing it to a great way. :-)

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    I use my blog as a Captains log verifying that I’ve been here and that I’m pursuing a mission to go where no man has gone before.

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    The analogy of “tagging” the internet with comments and blog posts is quite dead one actually. Nice –

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