Breton Quote : “Rebellion is the spark in the wind, seeking…

There’s this old wisdom coming from the past : no one can change the world, but I can change myself – or at least my way to see reality.

What does the blogger want? To share? To be loved? To change the world? To find out… why she blogs?

 

  1. Why do you blog? The mess of motivation theories
  2. Are Bloggers Proustians?

 

Some people probably blog to rebel. Not me obviously but I caught this idea because I found this little quote from Breton this morning :

“Rebellion is the spark in the wind, the spark who seeks the powder keg”.

“La rébellion est l’étincelle dans le vent, mais l’étincelle qui cherche la poudrière”.

 

Isn’t it a pretty metaphor? I’m personally not here to “rebel”, but (I just found this idiom) I probably wish that one day one of my articles finds the gunpowder keg.

But which one? What for ? To trigger something? To make someone change his mind? To get more followers?

 

Some bloggers are self-called influencers, and if they are massively followed, it’s because they fill a demand, right? Therefore they ARE influencers – as a bookseller, I see this phenomenon many times per month : a blogger (or YouTuber) writes a book, tells it, and immediatly you see hordes of obeying humans washing over…

 

A smol spark in the wind – la petite étincelle dans le vent?

What for?

To surf on waves and make big money?

To please the system?/To find the gunpowder?

To find the only one reader who will be changed?

Loop is looped – la boucle est bouclée : not to add mainstream ideas, but to offer little seeds, here, there, voilà.

 

Thansk for reading!

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Art by Alister Lockhar

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Blogging as Sowscattering Disorders

Well, it’s NOT about adding untidiness to the world – which is enough a mess.

But I ask myself about how to infiltrate a knowledge field, intellects and minds, to sow something, maybe to add seeds to this ground, to see what could blossom, what straight paths you could bend & twist… and then walk onto.

Thus it’s not about milestones, importance and revolutions.

Is it possible to think about this with the idea of blogging?

Imagine you want to blog about food, about fashion. You’d better be good at it, because there are always dozens of thousands of blogs about these. You could also, yes, infiltrate another domain… but with YOUR talents.You’re a food lover? Blog about programming (with your language).

Let’s pull strings :

  1. Maybe you need to be original. Study a mega-niche, or a rare combination : “crossing Norway with my two cats to try restaurants”, or “purple winter dresses in South Dakota”.
  2. Maybe you can arrange some concepts, put them together to create sparks, or to show an unexpected light… or to create monsters.
  3. Invent a new machine from disparate tools and pieces.
  4. Displace things and ideas, make them move, bend them.
  5. Use an unappropriate discipline to study another. Study what’s in your plate as a colorist. Or bags trends with… what?
  6. Focus on who are “positive nuisances”.
  7. Find your own ideas studying something the wrong way.
  8. Find empty boxes, find shortages, find imperfections. Then action.
  9. Play. Look for processes. Twist them.
  10. Take ideas, make’m jump on your own sieve.
  11. Watch words. Jargon. Demolish. Or add squibs in it. Your squibs.
  12. Accept drifts. Watch around.
  13. Invent indeterminations. Use them randomly, unpredictably.
  14. Make things proliferate. Explore. Play.
  15. Make your readers wonder. Make your readers smile. Make your readers wanting to know more. Make your readers more curious.
  16. Breathe. Watch appearances, meetings, plugs and unfoldings.

The point is multiple and unstable. Get your own ideas. Distribute seeds for who is able to see. Open new roads, and why not, get new followers!

Most advanced, yes acceptable.

Thanks for reading!

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Finder Keeper Sharer, “What is my blog about?”

Unexpected Connections & Sparks Exchanges

ONE

Yesterday I thanked a retired man I always have good conversations with. Always curious and funny, we often have our ten minutes of jubilations, before quitting each other with a smile (and a few sparks around our heads).

You know, he replied, what we do is “Le commerce des idées” (ideas exchange) : I give you seeds and you give me seeds too.

It’s not only about sharing little ideas, but also ideas of books, movies, patterns, links (links and connections are great!). Some spirits like “the idea of getting ideas”. Exchange.

You are one of them, right?

In France we have this word, “commerce”, which means “business”, of course, and “trade”, and also “store”, but also, in a little old-fashioned way

“Madame de Sévigné conducted a vast exchange of letter” :
“Madame de Sévigné avait un grand commerce épitolaire”

TWO

While coffeing in my bed this morning I found this quote from a great French drama actor, Michel Bouquet :

“The public doesn’t come to watch you play, it comes to play with you”.

THREE – Mutually Beneficial

I hope/dream this blog acts this way for you my fellow readers!

Not only as a toolbox, a basket of gathered ideas and patterns, but also I wish it :

  1. Gives you the desire to comment, interact, begin a mutually beneficial exchange of ideas.
  2. Gives your brain a slight movement, a desire to know more, which could lead you to exploration. A map, an index, a little machine…

Thanks for reading!

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Photo : Carl Mydans

82 Propositions of Jodorowsky

 

You’ll find some… sounding like the traditional inspirational quotes. But some of them will disturb you, make you laugh, or find you in total disagreement. Why?

Each one could begin an article, right?

Obtain things in order to share them.

I like this one!

 

Thanks for reading!

 

 

  • Ground your attention on yourself. Be conscious at every moment of what you are thinking, sensing, feeling, desiring, and doing.
  • Always finish what you have begun.
  • Whatever you are doing, do it as well as possible.
  • Do not become attached to anything that can destroy you in the course of time.
  • Develop your generosity ‒ but secretly.
  • Treat everyone as if he or she was a close relative.
  • Organize what you have disorganized.
  • Learn to receive and give thanks for every gift.
  • Stop defining yourself.
  • Do not lie or steal, for you lie to yourself and steal from yourself.
  • Help your neighbor, but do not make him dependent.
  • Do not encourage others to imitate you.
  • Make work plans and accomplish them.
  • Do not take up too much space.
  • Make no useless movements or sounds.
  • If you lack faith, pretend to have it.
  • Do not allow yourself to be impressed by strong personalities.
  • Do not regard anyone or anything as your possession.
  • Share fairly.
  • Do not seduce.
  • Sleep and eat only as much as necessary.
  • Do not speak of your personal problems.
  • Do not express judgment or criticism when you are ignorant of most of the factors involved.
  • Do not establish useless friendships.
  • Do not follow fashions.
  • Do not sell yourself.
  • Respect contracts you have signed.
  • Be on time.
  • Never envy the luck or success of anyone.
  • Say no more than necessary.
  • Do not think of the profits your work will engender.
  • Never threaten anyone.
  • Keep your promises.
  • In any discussion, put yourself in the other person’s place.
  • Admit that someone else may be superior to you.
  • Do not eliminate, but transmute.
  • Conquer your fears, for each of them represents a camouflaged desire.
  • Help others to help themselves.
  • Conquer your aversions and come closer to those who inspire rejection in you.
  • Do not react to what others say about you, whether praise or blame.
  • Transform your pride into dignity.
  • Transform your anger into creativity.
  • Transform your greed into respect for beauty.
  • Transform your envy into admiration for the values of the other.
  • Transform your hate into charity.
  • Neither praise nor insult yourself.
  • Regard what does not belong to you as if it did belong to you.
  • Do not complain.
  • Develop your imagination.
  • Never give orders to gain the satisfaction of being obeyed.
  • Pay for services performed for you.
  • Do not proselytize your work or ideas.
  • Do not try to make others feel for you emotions such as pity, admiration, sympathy, or complicity.
  • Do not try to distinguish yourself by your appearance.
  • Never contradict; instead, be silent.
  • Do not contract debts; acquire and pay immediately.
  • If you offend someone, ask his or her pardon; if you have offended a person publicly, apologize publicly.
  • When you realize you have said something that is mistaken, do not persist in error through pride; instead, immediately retract it.
  • Never defend your old ideas simply because you are the one who expressed them.
  • Do not keep useless objects.
  • Do not adorn yourself with exotic ideas.
  • Do not have your photograph taken with famous people.
  • Justify yourself to no one, and keep your own counsel.
  • Never define yourself by what you possess.
  • Never speak of yourself without considering that you might change.
  • Accept that nothing belongs to you.
  • When someone asks your opinion about something or someone, speak only of his or her qualities.
  • When you become ill, regard your illness as your teacher, not as something to be hated.
  • Look directly, and do not hide yourself.
  • Do not forget your dead, but accord them a limited place and do not allow them to invade your life.
  • Wherever you live, always find a space that you devote to the sacred.
  • When you perform a service, make your effort inconspicuous.
  • If you decide to work to help others, do it with pleasure.
  • If you are hesitating between doing and not doing, take the risk of doing.
  • Do not try to be everything to your spouse; accept that there are things that you cannot give him or her but which others can.
  • When someone is speaking to an interested audience, do not contradict that person and steal his or her audience.
  • Live on money you have earned.
  • Never brag about amorous adventures.
  • Never glorify your weaknesses.
  • Never visit someone only to pass the time.
  • Obtain things in order to share them.
  • If you are meditating and a devil appears, make the devil meditate too.

 

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List of Sorts of Blog Articles

As I wrote some days ago a “too long, faltering, toomanyideas-ed article”, I trashed it, but found out that I could make a list. A list of “sorts of articles”.

I have to repeat this before : when you write daily, your brain is like “placing itself”, all alone, in another place. It can be a garden of your teenage years, a classroom, inside a car, on a beach, in a forest. Many people confirmed it to me. As for myself, I write all my articles from a porch in Santa Rosa. I see it, I feel it, I know the house next to it, I love the light, the wood, the grass, the flowers, the lamps, the mood, the sky. Everything I write in this blog were written from this place. I’ve never been there, though… It’s pure imagination.

 

What is your own list? Mine is :

  • Quote
  • Image(s)
  • Report about something you saw (a concert, an event)
  • Explanation of a concept you love (from years ago, or discovered in a book)
  • How you’re fascinated by (another country, a music genre, etc)
  • A memory
  • Tips
  • A rush of an intimate question
  • Presenting & sharing something you know pretty well
  • Exploring many ways to ask a question
  • Presenting someone else’s work (a photographer, a poet)
  • Complain
  • A code
  • Incitement
  • A little of random things (chronicle)
  • A little lecture
  • Criticism
  • A way to decorticate what happened to understand
  • Presentation of an ideal
  • Comparison
  • Mapping a flaw
  • Finding why
  • Telling you found a good door
  • Telling a struggle
  • Trying to find out if it’s interesting for others
  • A recipe

 

What would you have to map your blog? To divide in categories? To invent another blog? To focus on certain things? To cut others? To accept you’re constantly random? To accept your work has many facets?

 

Thanks for reading!

 

 

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