One of my favorite book quotes is from Terry Pratchett’s ‘Hogfather’, where Death says: “Human beings make life so interesting. Do you know, that in a universe so full of wonders, they have managed to invent boredom
”. Whenever I feel bored, I try to remember that quote. And lately I have been bored. So very boooooooored. And by such amazing things as the internet and social media. And I recalled that quote and realised that I was clearly doing something wrong.
The thing is, for a writer, boredom is a good thing. I’d say it’s necessary. In the words of one of my favorite writers, Neil Gaiman: “People ask me where I get my ideas from, and the answer is that the best way to come up with new ideas is to get really bored
”. So. Very. True.
The problem with social media is that it’s an easy way out of that boredom. Being a good writer is 3% talent, 97% not being distracted by the internet. Or as someone recently tweeted: “Twitter is like a fridge. You get bored, so you keep opening and closing it every few minutes to see if there's anything good
”. And something that you do just to escape something else, you rarely do with joy or passion. And that’s what I’ve been doing lately – sneaking away from the creative boredom but not really enjoying my procrastination either. How stupid is that?
I went away for a while, took a break from everything online, got properly bored, then got really inspired and wrote a whole bunch of stuff. Later I realised how much fun the internet can be if you’re doing it right and for the right reasons. If it was a party I used to be the guest that was one of the first to arrive and one of the last to leave, but never really took part of the fun or talked to anyone, just stod there passive in a corner, feeling guilty for not being at home dealing with work and other important stuff. Now I’m trying to be that guest that pops in for just an hour, but talks to everyone, get to know a lot of new people and learn new stuff from them, then saunter off to some other exciting thing.
My promise to myself is to spend a lot less time online, but to be a lot more active and social once I am.
I really love deviantART. There’s so much amazing art, interesting people and lovely comments. I really enjoy being active here. I just started using Instagram
for more experimental and personal pics, and it’s been really fun so far. I’m also over at Flickr
. And then there’s the usual ramblings and inanities on Twitter
Please pop by and say hello. I’d love to meet and interact with new, exciting people, discover new art and learn new stuff. I promise I wont bite!
See you all out there!