And It Begins Again
I have always thought it was odd that online journals are called blogs. This term seems so heavy, slow, and quite frankly boring. I know that blog writers intend their essays to be quite the opposite. As I have considered the content of my own website journal, I too want this to be a collection of fun things that inspire me. As an event designer, my creative skill is my main talent and while it is an innate gift, it has been shaped and influenced over many years. Influences include architecture, food, fashion, design, merchandising, theater and events to name just a few.
I guess my inspiration starts at the most basic level; I’m wired to respond to those sights that visually satisfy and entertaining me. I also realize I am not unique in this gift. Every person on the planet works this way, just in different forms. That’s the beauty of inspiration; everyone gets to enjoy this aspect of their humanness. With this in mind, I also have found it odd that people are interested in what inspires me. Usually comes after a particular endeavor of creativity someone asks me, “Where do you get your ideas?” I’m not sure where exactly, but because I respond to all things visual, I’m sure these work together to form a screen through which I design.
My first experience of the influence of an online journal came when I worked for Extraordinary Events. I wrote for our online newspaper called the Good News Letter that was sent out to our mailing list every Friday. It was a collection of uplifting articles coving a wide variety subjects. My contribution was food and drink. I love cooking and entertaining and so I wrote about all my favorites; from great restaurants, to good drinks and perfect settings in which to enjoy them. The response was unbelievable. People stopped me all the time and told me how much they enjoyed my column. It was fun to connect to people and I learned that my thoughts had a real effect on people.
So as the finishing touches are put on the ChrisClark Events website, I begin again to journal my inspirations. This time, it won’t center only on cooking, however that topic will probably predominate. I hope to encompass everything that grabs my attention and thrills me and in the process I hope to remain light, never heavy, slow or boring. Enjoy.