The Power of Vulnerability

“Vulnerability is not weakness. And that myth is profoundly dangerous.”(Brene Brown).

In this article over at Thought Catalog, Cat Tu writes about the myth of vulnerability. She gives examples where it is seen in the lens of that myth, as a weakness, and some counterexamples where it is a strength. Her examples of vulnerability as weakness often involve situations where we worry about labels; situations where expressing yourself can get you seen as a drama queen, or asking for  help can come off as needy. Most of the strength examples involve vulnerability in the context of relationships – such as admitting when you’re wrong, or sharing your emotional needs –  and that is where writing comes in. Writing is all about connections.

There’s a famous quote, sometimes attributed to Hemingway, that goes something like this: “There’s nothing to writing. All you do is sit down at a typewriter and bleed.”

That quote speaks to the same concept in a different voice. In writing, vulnerability is strength. Making connections inevitably opens up points of vulnerability – places where it is possible to attack the writing, or the writer. At the same time, these vulnerabilities are often what gives writing its strength. Metaphors, for example, can be a powerful way of illuminating a concept. But they are almost always imperfect in some way, and can be torn apart at their imperfect points. Many of the tools we use in writing are like this – both powerful and flawed. What’s more, many of those strengths and flaws cannot be teased apart from each other. The vulnerability is simply part of the equation, and very possibly an integral piece. It is certainly an interesting piece to explore.

Learn To Make Your Blog Effective

Frustrated and can’t seem to get your blog soaring? With a blogging community that won’t stop growing it’s not easy getting more people to read it. But on the other hand, why is it so simple that anyone can start a blog? It’s only an illusion, there are many difficulties that accompany blogging. You must be able to maintain the site and add new content constantly. The important question to ask yourself, “How can I make my blog great, informational, and interesting?” Lifehacker elaborates on seven amazing tips towards developing a successful blog.

beach-cottage-blog-tips-535x625One piece of advice that stood out to me was, “No blog is an island. Now that you have a blog, you’re part of the blogging community, and reciprocation plays a large part of that.” Leaving comments and trackbacks on other bloggers pages are great ways to get you noticed. In the world of blogging there is no room for modesty. You have to speak up and scratch a few backs. For instance, you can get started by contributing to Lifehacker in a number of ways: from starting your own Kinja blog, to becoming an author on Hackerspace, or emailing submissions@lifehacker.com.

Is reciprocation the only way, absolutely not? Other things, such as having an amazing headline, fresh content, and finding a niche can help your blog better develop. But, the thing I love most about writing is “voice”. Find your voice and don’t be afraid to use it, because that’s what will make yours different from the millions out there. Blogging isn’t any different from life it has its ups and downs. It’s up to you to keep your blogging wings spread and soaring.

What If What You Wore Improved Your Performance?

We have all at one point asked ourselves, “What am I going to wear today?” The outfit you chose to walk out that door doesn’t just change the way others perceive you, but it influences your overall performance. Check out the video below from Lifehacker for a fun look at the study “Enclothed Cognition.” Overall, when we dress smart we think we are smart. If we don’t, we become more error-prone. P.S. right before your exams don’t hesitate to grab a pair of Nerd glasses.

10 Easy Tips To Ensure A Healthier Workday

It’s easy to become accustom to bad habits and not realize how they are slowly destroying your health. A typical day for most individuals includes long hours of sitting, being stuck in a stressful office or skipping meals because work consumes the majority of your time. You may think the sacrifices are worth it because the pay is good, but in reality you are subtracting years from your life. If you’re interested in spending a few more years with the ones you love, put into practice the 10 tips mentioned by Lifehacker on how to stay healthy and energetic at the office (and make the day go by faster).