Why Blog?

Elizabeth Gilbert, author of ‘Eat Pray Love’, talks about creativity as an external ‘genie’, and how creativity comes to an artist, instead of creativity coming from within an artist. Are you in touch with your genie?

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Some time back, I stumbled upon a video. And I liked it so much, I watched it again, and now I’m sharing it with you (for those who’re impatient, its at the bottom of the post!)

Elizabeth Gilbert, author of ‘Eat Pray Love’, talks about creativity as an external ‘genie’, and how creativity comes to an artist, instead of creativity coming from within an artist.

This video made me realise how many times an idea or thought came to me. My genie came in the form of little bursts of inspiration. And when she came, she gave me sleepless nights. At times I’ve woken up at unearthly hours* , unable to sleep, till I have written down something. And even afterwards, I have felt uneasy at not having published it. Sometimes I’m just too tired to listen to her, and I tell her to come another time. And of course she doesn’t.

This creati-genie has inspired quite a few posts on this blog. And clearly, right now, my genie is on vacation. Or perhaps I’m the one who isn’t sensing her.

Maybe she’s somewhere around me, reading this post. Maybe she’s screaming something, desperately trying to grab my attention. Or maybe she’s just smirking, enjoying the fact that I miss her.

Off late, as I haven’t been blogging, I’ve felt frustrated. Or perhaps my frustration is making me lose connection with my genie.

I’ve had to work hard on this post. It doesn’t help that I actually drove my genie away. But I shall try to answer the question The Daily Post asked bloggers.

Why do I blog?

There may not be just one single answer. And it is most likely a combination of several answers.

Perhaps it is the want of attention, the emotional high of being heard.

Perhaps it is to share our world with others.

Perhaps it is a journal, a memory bank, should we need to refresh our own memories.

Perhaps it is to vent out the frustration within.

Perhaps it is to discover a few things about our own selves.

Or perhaps it is to allow the genies sitting on the window-sill next to us, to take the spotlight for a while.

And maybe, just maybe, it is to sleep more peacefully at night.

I’d hoped to celebrate my 100th post with my genie. But, I suppose she deserves a little break!

I hope you like this TED Talk as much as I did. Is your genie with you? How has your genie helped/troubled you? Let me know in comments…

* unearthly hours here refers to what I term as unearthly – which is not necessarily beyond midnight, but likely at the hour when you are busy relishing your dinner!

And now I wonder… Why does WordPress Blog??

By Kasturika

I tell stories - of people, places, and ideas - through words and visuals.
Designer by profession, Writer by passion, and Storyteller by accident (or is that a cosmic conspiracy?)
Digital Nomad, Slightly Eccentric

18 replies on “Why Blog?”

I have had the creative insomnia genie visiting me a lot lately. Lots of writing and ideas and lots of tired days. πŸ™‚ Enjoy your break. Sometimes we need to be creative, and other times we need to rest and recuperate. {{{hugs]}} Kozo


Thanks for sharing this post *hugs*

It made me realize something more I was missing that I use to have.

I called my genius/daemon a muse in my younger years when I poured out heaps of words. I’ve gotten better at writing since, but was encouraged to consider my muse a fancy such as Santa Clause. I felt silly believing in my muse as a separate entity, who was I to deserve such a presence anyway? It’s just me.

Today I barely write a single word without worrying too much about it, who will like it, who will it disappoint, am I wasting my time. It never occurred to me as I’ve been trying to take my fun and revel in writing back (I took the write fanfic you don’t have to worry about publishing for money approach), until now, that those were the times that I fancied my muse was real.

Reading this, watching the video, and writing my response has made me teary-eyed. Is that silly? So, again, thanks for writing this and sharing it, I’d not have found this video without you…and I kinda needed it at this point in my life and writing ❀


πŸ™‚ reading the reply made me teary-eyed too… So that makes two of us… I never expected such a reaction to this post… Thank you for letting me know it had an impact on you… It means a great deal to me… Thank you… *hugs*


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