We have a general idea of what we want to do. In this case, our Composer of Art for Music is determined to make her blog a more user friendly, enjoyable experience. All she knows at the outset is that the theme she is using, or the manner in which she is using the theme, is not acceptable. She hates that all the content is in one middle column, and that the user needs to scroll endlessly to see anything other than the actual day’s post. She knows what she hates but she does not know what she wants.
Her initial response to this design dilemma is avoidance. She would rather write, build content, optimize content, and put off redesigning the visual appearance of her blog to a later date. But as the days grind into weeks, as she returns day in and day out to a blog which she does not enjoy viewing, her creative soul slowly pushes her into the initially painful process of new learning.
Why, we wonder, is this initial leap into new learning such an effort? Our lady contemplates this question for a little while. For her, it has to do with the need for instant gratification. At the onset of new learning, she realizes, she is about as far from a solution to her problem as she can get, and consequently about as far from realizing any creative satisfaction from a solution, in this case to improvement of her blog site.
In her infinite wisdom, and as a result of experience, she does realize that every journey ultimately requires a first step. She realizes that learning informs personal growth, artistic growth. The artist who does not cultivate technique, learn more about the physical worlds and worlds of ideas which she tries to illuminate, is the artist that soon ceases to produce, or continues to produce the same work over and over.
This happy reminder that ongoing learning is essential to her survival as a vital artist provides a bit of motivation for our Composer to set out exploring the variety of themes and theme options available to her. And low and behold, once she has taken that leap into the new world of themes and theme options, her mind begins to sort things out. She identifies the widgets that are critical to her, she identifies the functionality that is important to her, she envisions the kind of content she wants to share, and how she wants to share it.
For each of us that cares to grow, especially to grow artistically, engaging in the learning process is like breathing in and out, it is essential to remaining vital in our creative work. And more often than not, at the outset of new work, be it a new sculpture, or a new design for your blog, you will find a way to engage in some exploration, some new learning to inform your new work.
This is a moment in the early stage of your creative cycle which is rich in discovery. You are planting new seeds in your creative garden. You are assuring a rich new harvest of creative work and of sharing to, and deeply moving, an ever growing group of fans.