Freedom Is Blogging in Your Underwear by Hugh MacLeod

By Hugh MacLeod

This can be a e-book approximately freedom. particularly the private freedom i found from the fantastic global of running a blog, the liberty i'm hoping every body will finally detect for themselves. the liberty that, i think, will completely and irrevocably switch the realm for the better. Having a web publication, a voice, having my very own media, totally replaced my lifestyles. unexpectedly my occupation as a cartoonist wasn’t depending on folks: “The Gatekeepers”—publishers, editors, Hollywood executives, etc., and so forth. Sud­denly I had direct touch with my viewers. they'd direct touch with me. i'll do exactly my factor, with no need to attend for some­body else to offer me the “green light.” I didn’t need to wait round for someone else to deem me “worthy.” This used to be the liberty I spent such a lot of my grownup existence trying to find, a similar freedom i feel we’re ALL trying to find, in a single manner or one other. Careerwise, running a blog gave me every thing. Even within the early days, the ben­efits of running a blog have been so manifestly seen to me, I couldn’t comprehend why extra humans weren’t doing it. Ten years later, I nonetheless can’t. So i made a decision to write down a ebook approximately it; might be i will be able to support people locate this freedom, too.—Hugh

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The Internet makes all this possible. indd 42 2/2/12 3:19 PM 1 2 3 4 5 6 7 8 9 10 11 12 13 14 15 16 17 18 19 20 21 22 23 24 25 26 27 Forget the Latest Shiny Object One thing that is true about the Internet is that new stuff always comes along: Google, Facebook, Twitter, Instagram, cat blogs, geek blogs, mommy blogs, tech blogs, lawyer blogs, art blogs, and whatever else might be the flavor of the month. And like all mortals, we confuse the latest shiny object with Reality. So suddenly we find ourselves losing sleep because we don’t have enough Google juice or Twitter followers or Facebook friends, or some Internet celebrity hasn’t linked to us.

You’ll find out soon enough whether or not your source is a bullshitter. indd 32 2/2/12 3:19 PM 1 2 3 4 5 6 7 8 9 10 11 12 13 14 15 16 17 18 19 20 21 22 23 24 25 26 27 The Internet Keeps Us Honest If we screw somebody over , it’s safe to assume it’ll be on the Internet within nanoseconds. ” When you’ve been on the Internet long enough, you just assume that whatever you did, good or bad, will appear somewhere. So you suddenly start caring whether what you said was the truth or not. If what you did was honest or not.

To not get something truly interesting done? Just because there’s interaction going on doesn’t mean there’s any interaction going on. Think about it. indd 53 2/2/12 3:19 PM 0 1 2 3 4 5 6 7 8 9 0 1 2 3 4 5 6 7 Bring New Light to What Life Might Be Most people who read my blog are creative people. That’s not just an opinion—that’s just how it is. And I enjoy conversing with these very creative people, not just because they are my “fans” but because they bring new light to what life might be. Bring new light to what life might be: that’s what Creativity means.

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