I listened to an interview with Sting last night by Mark Goodier. I could listen to him talk for hours. He has been a favorite artist of mine for a long time now. Not only do I love his music, I admire him as a person. His persona is spiritual, somewhat eccentric, sensual and so very connected to the human experience.
He has come out with a new box set called, Sting 25 years. A culmination of his work over the last quarter of a century. In this interview he talks through his thoughts as he made different pieces of music - how he was feeling, what was happening in the world at the time, what inspired him.
He took a lot of risks throughout his career and I am certain he will take more in the years to come. As creative souls, artists, whatever society calls us, we evolve through our work.
In the interview Sting remarks:
"I won't finish a song if I don't think it's particularly good. I might take a fragment of it and it might morph into something else..... Anything else, I don't bother finishing."
As I contemplated those words, I thought of my own work and blogging. My mother and I were chatting yesterday and she asked me if I had written any new blogs recently. I said to her, "you know Mom...I see all these people with their blogs referring to other people's writings and I see people on Twitter, 'tweeting' much the same.
But, as for me, I want to be original. I want to write my own words and share them with the world. I know that I am not a 'known brand' in the world - YET, - but I am trying to establish myself as a writer. I want people to know what I can do. I want to share my own thoughts."
So many articles I have read say that "you must blog everyday" to be successful, to drive people to your site and to keep them coming back. I struggle with that mandate, so-to-speak. On certain days, the inspiration for a great blog piece doesn't come to mind. I don't publish every blog I write because for some reason, I wasn't particularly happy with it. I might have written it, saved it, re-read it the next day and said - you know what, I am not thrilled with that. I think I will just save it.
I want my readers to feel inspired, to be moved, to know that someone understands and most of all, I want to share our human experiences with one another.
I guess then, I am right there with Sting. One could only hope that I will be as successful as he, in my own works of art.
I would love to hear some thoughts from my readers on what they think about this topic?