If you think you can’t make a change in this lifetime, think again.
If you’re an artistic, creative person—whether that be writer/author, singer, cartoonist, artist, game designer—you can help change the way people see the world.
Have you ever been in the middle of reading or actively taking part in a discussion about a popular book’s merits (or a video game, or TV show or whatever), when someone chimes in with a “It’s just a [book, TV show, video game, blog, game-changing speech]”?
In my case, as would the case for many of you reading this, it’s It’s just a book. We’ve been told for a long time that art can change the world. Most artistic methods of expression can change the world: just look at books like The Bible, Torah, Qur’an, Mein Kampf, Mao’s Red Book, Diary of a Young Girl, and Nineteen Eighty-Four. You can’t tell me these books, whether good or bad haven’t had an effect on the world. It’s the same even if you’re not a writer: Leni Riefenstahl’s propaganda, Martin Luther King’s iconic speech, songs like P!nk’s Dear Mr President or Rise Against’s Make it Stop (September’s Children), Telltale Games’ The Walking Dead, etc.
It’s about making a creative opening picture every day/week/month.
When I started this blog up way back in September 2012, it was meant as a way to put all my writing in one place and maybe occasionally blog about the [not-so] wacky life of yours truly. I never really thought much of blogging; oh, it’s just something other people do when they write about fashion or their The Sims Sunset Valley/Pleasantview legacies.
Oh, how two years can change you. Well, not really, at least not in that fantastical, life-changing way. That’s the thing about blogging. Your life doesn’t have to be that exciting to have a blog. There’s a wider variety of everyday people who write more candidly on their blogs, whereas Facebook is more constricted and fake, and Twitter—well, let’s not go there.
But are we truly ourselves while blogging? Of course not. The only people who know our true selves are those who know us personally. Blogging provides an sneak peek into that life, where there are more words than Snapchat (of course), less attention seeking than Facebook (usually) and less intrusive than Twitter (buy my book now it’s only $2.99 on Amazon people).