My podcast host recently made a change to listener statistics to include partial listens, in addition to full listens. If I so desire, I can go down the rabbit hole of seeing how many partial listens were in the first few seconds, 25%, 50%, or 75-99%. For the data-obsessed, like myself, this is fantastic information.… Continue reading How do I feel about listener statistics?
I finished the chapter in See No Stranger: A Memoir and Manifesto of Revolutionary Love by Valarie Kaur about listening. It got me thinking: What does it truly mean to listen? To not only hear the words being said but to feel the emotions present—and simultaneously hidden—in the infinite moments of our lives. As a… Continue reading What does it mean to listen?
I find it’s always the simplest phrases that capture my attention, stick in my mind, and drive me deeper into understanding what they could mean. During my morning reading time, I came across the phrase “infinite creative source” in the book Creative Authenticity: 16 Principles to Clarify and Deepen Your Artistic Vision by Ian Roberts.… Continue reading “Infinite Creative Source”
Goal-setting is a popular topic on social media, in books, and around the virtual and physical watercoolers of the world. It’s akin to Monday morning quarterbacking and critiquing the latest film and how you would make it better than the seasoned professional. In other words, it’s easy to talk about, much more challenging to do… Continue reading A Short Rant on Goals
My story. Your story. Our stories. It feels simple to write these words, but it takes an enormous amount of time, energy, and space not only to tell stories but to listen to them. If we are chronically busy, as most of us are these days, we have to find ways to optimize our time.… Continue reading A Time and Space to Listen to Stories
I think of stories in three parts: 1) my story; 2) your story; and 3) our story. I don’t believe we can ever truly get to our collective story without first excavating the story within each of us. What will we find in the deepest parts of ourselves? In the darkest depths of pain, despair,… Continue reading Diving into the world of story
Good morning, dear reader. My name is Chris, and I am a people pleaser. Chances are, I haven’t met you, and I already have a deep-rooted desire for you to like me because of these words. And that is a problem. It’s not only my problem that I deal with daily; it’s a societal problem… Continue reading Are you willing to be mocked, misunderstood, and hated?
Don’t you just love early morning wacky ideas? Those brilliant bursts of inspiration floating through the ether, capturing your attention from the concerns and cares of the day. I had a beautiful early morning wacky idea show up today. I grabbed ahold of it, started to write down some ideas, and then asked a series… Continue reading Early Morning Wacky Ideas
What leads us to make decisions about our lives? More personally, why am I the way I am? Who shaped me to become the man I am? As AC/DC shrieked into the universe, “Who made who? Who made you?” The voices in my head have been loud lately. They’ve been waking me up in the… Continue reading Tracing the lineage of influences
There are a lot of details that go into building a writing habit. But before we start, here’s the reality you’ll need to take to heart. If you want to develop a writing habit, you need to write every day. The quantity, quality, and purpose do not matter. Sitting down, focusing on the blank page… Continue reading How to Build a Writing Habit