Do you remember when you were kids how fun everything was? I loved those summer days when we went in the village to see my grandparents; I loved riding the horses and playing with them in the fields. Getting up early in the morning, before the sun was up was not difficult at all back then, – I loved taking care of those animals, and watching my granddad doing it, and getting a chance to help him was an amazing part of those days, days of fun and doing something you love. The nights before the rides to the countryside were the longest, when you can’t close your eyes, and the sun never seems to rise.
The thing is, I was not feeling this getting-up-before-the-done thing like a chore, like some activity I need to perform. For me this was part of the experience – I was engaging in a hobby I still enjoy today. And because it is about something I love doing, it never seems hard and tedious. That’s what Confucius meant when he said “Choose a job you love, and you will never have to work a day in your life.”
If you are considering blogging, or rethinking your blog topic, what’s probably on your mind is “What Should I Blog About?” When you think about this deeper, you really should be searching for something that you love and enjoy doing, so you couldn’t wait for the morning sunlight to get out of bed and “just” write down your notes.
Find Your Element
In his book The Element: How Finding Your Passion Changes Everything, Sir Ken Robinson defines the combination between what you enjoy doing and what you are skilled for as being in your element. It is the place where what you love and what you are good at come together. This is not always easy to discover, though for some people who show particular interests from early age, or have been fortunate enough to be surrounded with inspiring people, finding their element could not be easier. I strongly recommend this book to anyone who is still searching for their talents.
When you love what you do, work for you is a game. Paul A. Samuelson, an economist and Nobel Prize winner has said: “Never underestimate the vital importance of finding early in life the work that for you is play. This turns possible underachievers into happy warriors.” Not everyone has the privilege of finding their true talents and passions from early age; some realize them in later years. But however and whenever this happens, make sure to jump after it with optimism, to never ignore it, because it will most certainly change your life.
Here’s an amazing video with Sir Ken Robinson speaking about creativity:
What Should You Ask Yourself?
To find your own element think about the things you give your full energy to, what comes easily to you, the activities you enjoy so much that you don’t even notice the time (you zone-out), think what other people complement you for, or what gets you up early in the morning, and can’t leave you sleep in the night. This doesn’t have to be just one thing, but rather a combination of few.
You should choose a topic for your blog, as well as career, based on these passions and talents. At least that’s how successful bloggers have done. They are creating blogs about what they are good at, and are truly passionate about, and this can be absolutely anything – you name it!
So what are you blogging about?