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Blogging, The Way It “Should” Be Done . . .


I’ve been blogging for about four years—one of my previous blogs is now a book (8.5X11, hardbound with color pics for $172 or a Free Download :-)

This blog is a year and eight months old—I’m still learning how to Blog

However, there’s a woman who I feel has mastered the Art—Maria Popova.

I put the word “Should” in quotes in the title of this post to indicate it’s only my opinion that Maria is doing blogging the “right” way

I spend around 60 hours a month on this blog—Maria spends over 450

I have one post each Monday through Friday—Maria posts three times a day

Here’s what her About Page says:

Brain Pickings is the brain child of Maria Popova, an interestingness hunter-gatherer and curious mind at large, who also writes for Wired UK and The Atlantic, among others, and is an MIT Futures of Entertainment Fellow. She gets occasional help from a handful of guest contributors.

Brain Pickings is a human-powered discovery engine for interestingness, culling and curating cross-disciplinary curiosity-quenchers, and separating the signal from the noise to bring you things you didn’t know you were interested in until you are.

Because creativity, after all, is a combinatorial force. It’s our ability to tap into the mental pool of resources — ideas, insights, knowledge, inspiration — that we’ve accumulated over the years just by being present and alive and awake to the world, and to combine them in extraordinary new ways. In order for us to truly create and contribute to the world, we have to be able to connect countless dots, to cross-pollinate ideas from a wealth of disciplines, to combine and recombine these ideas and build new ideas — like LEGOs. The more of these building blocks we have, and the more diverse their shapes and colors, the more interesting our creations will become.

Brain Pickings is your LEGO treasure chest, full of pieces across art, design, science, technology, philosophy, history, politics, psychology, sociology, ecology, anthropology, you-name-itology. Pieces that enrich your mental pool of resources and empower you to combine them into original concepts that are stronger, smarter, richer, deeper and more impactful. Please enjoy.

I write about Reading, Writing, and Publishing—Maria writes about “art, design, science, technology, philosophy, history, politics, psychology, sociology, ecology, anthropology, and you-name-itology”

One of the most intriguing aspects of her blog is the Literary Jukebox—a “Daily quote from a favorite book, thematically matched with a song.”

Please visit her blog and see if it can become a valuable addition to your life.

Please come back and share your thoughts and feelings about her blog :-)
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