I‘ve been blogging for a number of years. My first blog, now defunct and discarded on a distant digital junk pile, started around 2008. In late 2013, The Devotional Guy™ launched. Since those early days, I’ve wrestled with identifying the purpose of blogging and contemplated if blogging, like painting or writing, is an expression of creativity.
What’s the big deal about identifying the purpose of blogging?
Considering the time and financial investment involved in maintaining a blog, I think it’s valid to ask, “Why am I doing this?”
Blogging demands time and also requires spending a little money. There are hosting fees and other nominal costs associated with blogging (you can’t blog on a legal pad and hope to grow your audience).
In addition to the actual act of sitting down and typing my latest post, I spend time thinking about what I am going to blog about, what the headline for my post will be, and the approach and tone I will employ in communicating what I’ve got to say.
A blog post rarely plops down on the digital page to write itself.
Is blogging a creative expression?
I suppose we should define creativity. One virtual dictionary defines creativity this way:
The use of the imagination or original ideas, especially in the production of an artistic work.Oxford Languages
The word itself has enjoyed a continuous boom in popularity and usage in America since the 1950s (Google Books Research).
When humans are creative they form something new and valuable. it can be tangible or intangible. One person’s creativity might result in a book or a painting while yet another individual’s creative expression might come in the form of an idea, invention, or even a funny joke.
Creativity is a deep subject worthy of further exploration and study.
So, by our working definition, I am led to believe blogging is an expression of creativity.
What say you?
What are a few of your favorite blogs brimming with creativity? Feel free to share them in the COMMENTS section at the end of this post.
How can blogging be a more creative endeavor for you?
I hope you enjoy thinking about the creativity of your work more fully and deeply after reading this post. No doubt, we will explore the concept of creativity further in future posts.
The Devotional Guy™