Bleeding From the Eyes

After two weeks of scouring Blogging 201 for new ideas and ways to make this site one you’ll want to keep coming back to, I think I’m officially bleeding from the eyes. My accomplishments update suggests it has been worthwhile. The experience proves to me that self-improvement comes from one or both of two places.

Others’ observations and criticisms

Cause a re-evaluation in thinking
Help to prune the weeds
Offer clarity and insight
Provide a new perspective

Centering

I believe that every writer or artist worth his salt needs a way to step back from the work to re-balance. Check around with creative types who you know, and you’ll find that they each use a different method to get in the zone: prayer or meditation, exercise or adrenaline-fueled activities, a glass of wine or a cup of coffee, a walk in the park, a chat with a friend or loved one, a day at the beach, or spending time with a pet or on a project in an effort to re-energize creativity. It all depends upon the individual.

While I don’t recall the minute details, I learned in a psychology class that there are two basic types of people when it comes to ways in which we humans relax so that we can think clearly. The gist is this: in any group of people, about half of them rely on quiet contemplation in order to chill out, while the others want chaos. The quiet types would be happy to get away alone for a spell while the others might choose to go to say a picnic or some place where there will be lots of people and activities in which to participate.

Figure out which one you are, and plan some time off to regroup.

I’ll do it Myselfie

I snarfed my Cheerios when I read freelance writer Damyanti’s post How Selfie Obsessed Are You? Thankfully I ate alone at the breakfast table this morning. I’ll admit that I too probably would have watched Mr. Narcissist with fascinated amusement.

Her post got me to thinking about the why people take selfies, and I think I know the answer. Will you let me know what you think?

Before the invention of photography, when people had portraits made, they sat for a hired painter or portraitist for extended or repeated sessions in order to achieve an agreed likeness of themselves. These portrait paintings and sketches represented a person’s look over hours, days or even seasons.

The advent of film allowed the ability to capture a single moment complete with its imperfections. That may explain why early photos of groups or individuals lacked expression—people had that one moment to capture what might be the only photo taken of them in a lifetime and I think they believed they ought to look dignified.

Digital photography makes it easy to trash an imperfect shot without any financial loss, and to re-create a prior moment; a false perception.

Maybe there’s a connection between why we take selfies and what pose we choose.

Remember the 2014 Oscar’s and the publicity surrounding Ellen DeGeneres’ selfies with odd lots of celebrities who might otherwise never have posed together? Maybe we need to prove to ourselves that we’re all having fun.