Originally published August 17 2019
I believe that all of us are creatives. In fact, the Bible tells us we are creative beings within the first verse of the book:
In the beginning God created the heavens and the earthGenesis 1:1
As beings who were first created (Genesis 1:26-27) then formed (Genesis 2:7), for the purpose of ruling over our creator’s creation, as a believer in Jesus Christ, it is safe to assume that human beings are creative beings, a power gifted to us from our heavenly father solely because of who He is.
I have come a long way since my first few posts. Now, I want to take inventory of the impact that this experience is having on me, how I have come to understand myself as a creative being, and speak/write into existence my hopes for this blog’s future. I invite you to join me on this critical examination of myself and my work; and hope after reading you are inspired and edified.
Why I Create:
The purpose of this blog thus far has been solely to give flight to my voice. I am thankful because to that end I have been successful. I follow “Create and Go” for creating and growing my blog and I am thankful that the fruits of my labor are evident.
From back to front, this blog has grown leaps and bounds in both depth and width.
While creativity is inherent, we also get to discover it. They say we do not find our passions, but rather our passions find us… This was definitely the case for me and writing.
I have always been a good writer, but never thought about writing as an effective form of expression.
It was the piece of peace I was missing.
When I open my laptop and begin my writing process is a specially fulfilling experience.
And it is amazing the shape things will take. What started out as a passion project project, has now turned into a business.
How I Create:
My creative process starts by me being in a state of “perpetual creativity”. I am always creating. I do not believe in isolating my creative abilities solely to my primary medium. This means that I create atmospheres. I create environments and I create moments before I write any content.
All of us do this exact same thing. The difference is what we create when we are not focusing our creative energy. I have grown in this area by asking myself what kind of space do I reside in.
Writing is my main modal of creating. When I am not focused on that however, I am focus on something equally important: creating and perpetuating peace.
Having peace is essential to my writing process because I do not have to protect myself in my own peace. This is key in my writing because I refuse to hold back or dilute my content.
I write in comfort. If I am not comfortable about what I am writing, or where I am writing; that angst will come through in my content’s quality.
A lot of times for a post, I do not have a beginning middle or end in mind. Usually all I have is a topic and a title. Organization is a key factor for me so those two things are essentials. My standard for any piece of content I produce is that it has to be: Familiar, Relevant, and Informative.
My number one “rule” is write whatever comes to mind. I also keep a multitude of writing spaces. I have to have quick access to writing something down. As quickly as an idea comes is as quickly as it leaves sometimes. So, even ideas that I may not expand upon down the line – I write down anyway.
I give value to my content after it is created, with the expectation that it is naturally excellent.
The Bible says that we should operate with a spirit of excellence (Proverbs 22:29) in all that we do, so I do the best I can to manifest that sentiment.
Before this website was “My Black Perspective” or Life with Ken, it was supposed to be in support of my original job at the time. Little did I know going into this endeavor, that blogging is a small business all its own.
This blog has done a good a job at revealing different qualities in me. I have found that I enjoy the back-end of blogging just as much as I enjoy the front-end. I have found a way to place value on my own time; And through blogging, have been given the capacity to do so on my own terms.
Control of how we use our time is probably one of if not the highest form of creativity. I do not believe in being a slave to money and a lifestyle.
Employment undercuts and undermines one’s individuality within the creative process. That’s why most people are actively disengaged at work.
Its rewarding to see this blog grow. I enjoy seeing the performance of a post. I like to see how that particular piece resonated with people.
Freedom for me starts here. Every time I get to share a perspective, that’s me becoming more free. I’ve recently been on a content creation binge, because of the value I place on myself as a creative being.
I am thankful that this blog is giving me the capacity I need to continue to grow.
I know I’m on the right path and that this blog is the foundation for some great things to come. This blog is going to out grow itself one day, and come what may I am going to stay true to myself and steadfast to the process. I will never be afraid to share my black perspective in whatever form it may take.