A Change of Blogging Atmosphere is A Good Thing

 

Changing the place where you do your blogging can be essential in the growth of creativity. Fresh air can also mean fresh ideas!

I am sure the usual question that comes up for a blogger is, what do you blog about. But what is not really asked often is the question: where

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do you do your blogging? It is true that we write about things that inspire us. In my case I like to write about musicians, painters and writers. I also add a little bit of technology in the mix. But after writing in one particular venue, the walls become intimidating. The space can squeeze in. The same ol’ boring paint starts to bother you. Even the creaking chair and drab table becomes the source of headache.

Where I am (which is in the tropics) summer comes too soon. It means more chances of raising electric bills due to usage of fans and AC. I don’t use AC but I still use a huge fan. Then there’s this issue of being a recluse. This applies to people who have night jobs and do their blogging by day. You can’t really get to know your neighbors when you spend too much time in front of the computer. So I devised a plan. Instead of cooling by  using electricity and forcing myself to meet people, I brought my hobby outside.

These days my ‘working’ table enjoys the the company of  the morning sun, singing birds and cool breeze. I also get to chat with passers by

because I can be seen. I also get to know what’s going on outside because I have more time to supervise the yard and also get to play with my pets. I also put up wind chimes to add to the ‘ambiance.’ I have these awesome set of speakers that can play Celtic, Classical and Jazz music all day long. Or if my mood is ok, then a little bit of alternative rock and Electronic dance music will do. I also bought a cheap lamp shade to accompany me at night before I take the laptop in when it is bedtime. And yes my mood has improved. I used to go to Starbuck to blog but it proved to be an expensive thing, especially when it is happening every day. So yes, a blogging environment proved to be an important thing I discovered. The brain works better when the body isn’t kept in a cramp space.

I also make sure to leave the computer to be with the ‘real’ world but then again I am one of those people who takes the Internet seriously and I don’t see the difference between online and offline friends. Pardon me but I guess I am not really old school as far as these things are concerned. I wish to hear more about your blogging environment because I am sure I am not the only one who is passionate about this subject. I hope you enjoy reading this and I will take the time to write more about blogging soon!

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  • http://www.tjlubrano.com TJ Lubrano

    Ohh great piece, Baxter! I definitely don’t see a difference between online and offline friends. I understand that for a lot of people it’s odd to be friends with some one who lives miles away, but times have changed and it’s no different than when you have a pen-pal somewhere in the world.

    Lately, I do most of my work at home as my painting are too big to take outside with me. So when I am outside, it’s either do run errands or to meet with friends and then I don’t really write/doodle haha. When I’m outside alone, I simply write/doodle in a notebook :) It’s fun to gaze at observe people and I definitely want to “work” more outside as soon as the weather allows it. We are fore-casted with some heavy snow again here… -_-”

    I love wind chimes!

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  • http://celticmusicfan.com/ Baxter Labatos

    I agree that the outside world is good for taking notes and doodling. I agree that gazing at people can be inspiring. I am one of those who never get tired of being fascinated with people. Variety is the spice of life! You are a good friend TJ and your warmth goes through any medium 😉

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    • http://www.tjlubrano.com TJ Lubrano

      YES!! *high fives* You’re a good friend as well, Baxter! ^_^

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  • http://celticmusicfan.com/ Baxter Labatos

    Awesomeness to both of us to the 10th power XD

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    • http://www.tjlubrano.com TJ Lubrano

      Hahaha! I feel like I’m in a Dragonball Z scene or something!

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  • http://celticmusicfan.com/ Baxter Labatos

    Hahahaha wow I have watched that show. It was very popular here. Quick TJ we must fight the forces of Freeza! XD

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    • http://www.tjlubrano.com TJ Lubrano

      Ah forgot to reply here! I have watched the shows A LOT! I love anime in general haha. Freeza was so mean! Sheesh. That scene with Kuririn (Krillin)…that was so sad! I’ll charge up so we can kick his ass!

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      • http://celticmusicfan.com/ Baxter Labatos

        Oh yes I remember that! Dragon ball was shown around 6pm which was dinner time for most people. I was walking with a friend and we happened to pass by this little restaurant where people in their 50s mingle with teenagers and they were all watching Dragon ball. We spotted a few gents eating with their hands frozen in mid-air with mouths open looking intently at the fighting scenes. My friend exclaimed “wow! They look like Freeza.” I was laughing so loud that day.

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  • Anya Pham

    I’m not a blogger, but what you said could apply just as well to any other kind of writing. It could apply to just about anything, really! People sometimes forget or underestimate the value of changing your scenery and getting fresh air. :) This was a great reminder.

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  • http://celticmusicfan.com/ Baxter Labatos

    Hi Anya. Yes you are right. It also applies to poets like you. I love reading your poems by the way. Can you imagine how taxing it is for people who are kept in one space for a looooonnnggggggg time? No wonder people loose their drive after working in the same job for years.It burns you out.

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