Apologies: Why I Need Creative Outlets Like LifeDev

So, I’m going to be brutally honest. I’ve been getting burned out writing at LifeDev. It’s not because I don’t enjoy the writing, or the wonderful people who visit my blog. It’s that I’ve had a slew of ideas that I’m trying to work on, and when my plate is filled, it seems that LifeDev always seems to get the short end of the stick.

It was easy to overlook LifeDev, as much of my job is writing for other blogs. When you write for a better part of the day, the prospect of more writing isn’t the most exciting.

It’s not a JOB, dummy!

I had started to associate my job with LifeDev. I wanted this blog to be successful, and in order to do that, I believed I needed to follow a formal set of “rules” to ensure the blog’s success. I needed to write a certain number of posts a week, a certain length, in a certain style. Just like my job.

That’s kind of contradictory given this blog is centered on creativity, isn’t it? Since when had this blog ever been a job? It was originally started as a creative outlet. I’ve managed to build a community of around 10,000 creative people, and I still viewed it as a job?!

The need for creative outlets

Once I started viewing LifeDev as a creative outlet instead of an obligation, the ideas started to come back. I’ll be gradually writing more frequently, and the format may not be the same as before. It’s going to be fun. If I feel like writing longer posts, I will. If I have a two sentence post in mind, then I’ll post that. There’s not going to be as much structure, because this needs to be fun. So join me on the ride, will you? Oh, and thanks for sticking with me this far. You guys are awesome, and as the holidays are in full swing I couldn’t be more thankful for a group as committed and smart as all of you. You guys are what makes this fun.

Tangent: I should probably add that I’ve been using Twitter a lot more lately, so if you’re into that follow me. I’ve been meeting a lot of great people through Twitter, and I love it as a conversational medium.

Here’s to an awesome 2009 at LifeDev!

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  • Cesar Torres December 13, 2008, 8:24 pm

    You should consider ditching one account and using it for both personal tweets and notifications on when new blog posts are up. Or just make sure people follow you (as opposed to the LifeDev account).

    I can assume that twitter.com/lifedev is there, but only until this post did I know that twitter.com/glenstansberry was an option!

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    • Glen Stansberry December 13, 2008, 8:28 pm

      OH! I put that up so people could follow just the LifeDev posts from Twitter. Wow, I didn't know that people had found it. I haven't even publicized it yet (I don't think?)

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  • Giovannagarcia December 16, 2008, 2:33 am

    That is a good point! It has to be fun for you to keep doing it. We should all keep that in mind, as we want our blog to be successful. We still need to enjoy to ride along the way.

    Thank You,
    Giovanna Garcia

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  • LifeMadeGreat | Juliet December 16, 2008, 2:48 am

    Hi

    I think your honesty is great. Not many would be so open about their withdrawal,

    Thank you
    Juliet

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    • Glen Stansberry December 16, 2008, 4:09 am

      Thanks Juliet :) I'll try to be that honest every time!

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  • Kevin December 16, 2008, 10:53 pm

    Glen… I had been wondering what was going on with LifeDev. Glad you opened up/cleared up things, and I hope to see new posts – however brief – to keep the blog alive and vibrant. Good luck, and let me know if I can help.

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  • Corey December 19, 2008, 2:34 am

    The great thing about RSS is I take what I get when I get it. I don't begrudge for infrequency of posts. No worries, one reader not going anywhere.

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  • Takumi86 December 19, 2008, 11:46 am

    I can hardly understand how your feel but you don have to push yourself so hard only to get inspired on what next to post. Don worry about me, i keep visiting your blog even though there's no new post. Alright then i will follow you on twitter

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  • Takumi86 December 19, 2008, 4:46 pm

    I can hardly understand how your feel but you don have to push yourself so hard only to get inspired on what next to post. Don worry about me, i keep visiting your blog even though there's no new post. Alright then i will follow you on twitter

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