Happy Friday (and National Greasy Foods Day) everyone!
Preface: Welcome to another weekly round-up post from our growing community of bloggers, writers, vloggers, podcasters, and other fellow creatives. To be straight to the point, each and every week we hand-pick five top posts from a pool of the highest voted user-submitted/created posts in the community and include them in this weekly round-up blog post, along with the newsletter for all of our e-mail subscribers. As per our submission rules, posts shared can not be re-posts, or older than 1 month (31 days), meaning that all of the following are fresh and recent! Tune in every week and you will gradually become a better and more insightful creative over time!
We start off this week off with a piece by John Naughton, writer for The Guardian and author of ‘From Gutenberg to Zuckerberg’, who celebrates the blog’s 25th birthday, and takes us back into its robust and complicated history, along with how it gradually evolved into today’s modern social media and the modern problems it now entails.
Next up is Eric W. Dolan from PsyPost who shares with us a new research paper published in Personality and Social Psychology Bulletin, which investigates the psychological and interpersonal consequences of being creative, and breaks it down for us in an easy to digest format.
Shaunta Grimes lands in third with another quality Medium post about the importance getting out of the comfort zone, adding her personal insights and “blueprints” to a popular topic that inevitably affects the bulk of us creatives.
Just off the podium we find Nicole Peeler, professional novelist and essayist, who argues that the popular saying “trust the process” is grossly misguided, and explains that you must “engage with the process” instead — not just blindly trust it.
We conclude with an insightful and fairly short post by Cristian Mihai from The Art of Blogging, who writes about the difference between blog post lengths, and how there is no right or wrong, as long as you adequately tell the story you want to tell. It’s a great example of a short but effective post that gets it’s point across.
So without further ado, here are this week’s (Oct 19 – Oct 25, 2019) most valuable posts from the /t/BES creatives community:
🥇 1. Happy 25th Year, Blogging. You’ve Grown Up, But Social Media is Still Having a Brawl
“The furore over social media and its impact on democracy has obscured the fact that the blogosphere not only continues to exist, but also to fulfil many of the functions of a functioning public sphere.”
🥈 2. Our Creative Ideas are Viewed as a Window Into Our True Selves
“Creative ideas are perceived to be revealing of the self, according to research. The findings provide new insights into the psychological and interpersonal consequences of creativity.”
🥉 3. Success Requires Discomfort (But Don’t Worry, It Won’t Kill You)
“There’s an outer boundary. It’s easy to push ahead to a certain point — the point where you run into your comfortable, careful wall. Going further than that often feels too hard.”
4. Don’t Trust the Process
“Sometimes we have to be told not to trust ourselves. After all, humans are self-protective. We avoid things that are hard. We make ridiculous excuses to keep from engaging with what we really want.”
5. The Truth about Blog Post Length
“Sometimes, it takes 4,900 words to make an idea stand out. Other times, all you need is a few sentences. What’s important is that you do your idea justice in as few words as possible.”
That’s all folks! You can view all the rest of the community’s top submissions here.
Be sure to tune in next Friday for another great weekend reading list that will make you a better and more informed blogger, writer, and/or content creator! If you have anything awesome to submit that others might enjoy, feel free to do so — it might even end up on next week’s top five!
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