Release The Child In You And Become A Better Blogger

I remember when I was a kid all those years ago and my parents took my sister with them on a holiday to Italy and after a few short months when they returned she spoke perfect Italian. She couldn’t speak English, although she understood it, and whenever we asked something she always replied in Italian. Unfortunately it didn’t take that long before she picked up English again and as she did so her grasp on Italian dropped off.

Those of you who are parents have most likely noticed how children soak things up like a sponge. I think it has a lot to do with the fact that they haven’t acquired all the barriers that adults use that prevent them from moving forward. When we get confronted with a new language, rather than trying to learn it we would rather get them to learn ours; it’s so much easier that way isn’t it? It’s sort of like a wall we put up that prevents us from learning.

The other thing that holds us back is negativity. We don’t attempt things because we’re scared that we will fail. Too bad really considering that it’s those failures that teach us important lessons and by not allowing ourselves to fail we remain ignorant in life. Not so the little ones, they just do it, and if they fall down they get up and try again.

I reckon we should be able to apply this to our blogs. We should become more childlike. Rather than sitting back worrying if what we’ve written is good enough, post it and fix it latter if need be. How many drafts have you got just sitting there waiting for the time when you think it’s good enough for the world to see? They may never see it unless you act now and take the chance.

We must open our minds and allow the world to seep in, only then will we find those topics that have been evading us. If you’re really stuck, don’t just sit there worrying about it. Go out for a walk, admire your surroundings and relax. Let the blog recede into the outer recess of your mind letting the rest of the world filter in, and sooner or later you will notice the glimmer of ideas forming. Kids don’t worry about things nearly so much as adults do.

It’s unfortunate that they lose their innocence and sponge-like qualities as they grow older. Perhaps those who have made it in this world of ours have maintained some of those qualities and are able to see and grasp ideas and work them into something that they can use, where the rest of us see them as stumbling blocks.

Just so you know this post was inspired by the following video. This little girl is truly remarkable.

What do you think? Would there be advantages to having childlike qualities, and if so what can you add to the mix?

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  1. LOL! wonderful post Sire, I can not deny that the best moment for my blogging is when I am next to my swimming pool! in a nice sunny day of course!

    I wonder when summer will arrive, it’s going to be lots of fun, blogging and water splashing ;)
    .-= Hesham @ FamousBloggers´s last blog ..I have a Blog, What should I do Next? =-.

    1. Sounds like a great place to be Hesham, certainly a lot better than my hot office. Wish I was there mate.

    1. Thanks for that link Tom. I’ll check it out first chance I get.

  2. Initially, it’s hard to cultivate that childlike wonder and boldness. As adults, we’re conditioned blend in and not make a fool of ourselves. But it’s precisely that audacity to be different and to capture that awe we feel inside us that’s likely to energize our blogging.

    Great point about the option of coming back to polish our work later. Lessens performance anxieties we occasionally suffer from as bloggers.
    .-= jan geronimo´s last blog ..When a Question Is the Answer =-.

    1. Yeah, well you certainly won’t achieve anything just staring at the monitor so you may as well go for a walk. :wink_ee:

  3. Nice post. Yes trully we are most alive when we are kids. As we grow up we start to restrict ourselves to what we know and like.

    1. Yep, I wish I could go back sometimes whilst retaining the knowledge that I have. Man, would I have a ball. :devil_tb:

  4. OMG, that kid was so cute! And so flexible, too! This was a great reminder that we should be childlike and just go for it. You’re right, the older we get the more we allow our fears to interfere with what we want to do in life. The fear of looking foolish or not making sense in our articles can definitely hamper my willingness to hit the ‘publish’ button. I’ll have to keep in mind that little girl and her fearlessness in performing on stage.

    The video was so cute – it really made me smile. Thanks for sharing it.

    .-= Karen´s last blog ..Invest In Your Most Important Asset – Yourself =-.

    1. Yeah, I loved that kid. Apparently it’s been up for two years now, but even so, considering the amount of videos on YouTube, it’s not surprising that it’s taken this long for me to come across.

      As for the posts I tend to find more things to change after I’ve published it than when it was in draft mode. :laugh_tb:

  5. What an inspiring post, Sire. I never learned to speak Italian but as a child my grandmother, who lived with us, only spoke Italian so for some reason, I understand when people speak Sicilian but I just can’t answer them back in their native language. I suppose, I have a teeny amount of Peter Pan in me:)

    Since my blog is based on a “fathom” calendar, I get to play way too much. However, that doesn’t mean I don’t rehash every post. I think I may do as you suggest and post as is and see how it flies!!!

    Thanks for sharing that video. I’ll be off to Idaho in a few months to see both my grandkids in their recital. I’m sending this video to them. They will LOVE it!!!
    .-= Louise´s last blog ..Shrove-tide Tidbits & Delicacies =-.

    1. Glad you liked the video Louise. My wife’s Sicilian on her father’s side and I have to admit if he spoke the dialect I would be lost.

      I know of a boy who had an Italian Mother and a German father and because of his grandparents who didn’t speak English he was fluent in both.

      1. The kids LOVED the video! Thanks again, Sire:)
        .-= Louise´s last blog ..Shrove-tide Tidbits & Delicacies =-.

        1. Always a pleasure Louise.

  6. Hi,
    That video is too cool! I think we often forget that it is as children when we learn the most and have the most fun. Therefore, as I begin my blogging journey, I am committed to enjoying it, having fun and learning loads along the way. Thanks for reminding me of this.

    .-= Adrian Swinscoe´s last blog ..Nurturing Creativity =-.

    1. You have to enjoy it Adrian because if you don’t it will show in your posts. It’s those bloggers who love what they do and have a true passion for blogging, that stand out from the rest.

      1. Hi Sire,
        Completely agree and I’m loving the journey. Any feedback on my site and posts would be welcome.

        Best wishes,

        .-= Adrian Swinscoe´s last blog ..Nurturing Creativity =-.

  7. Hi Sire,

    I am convinced that we don’t “lose” our creativity – it is conditioned out of us by our school systems – and I can prove it. Sit a child who hasn’t been to formal schools yet at a piano and ask them to play five sequential notes: Number their fingers and say 1,2,3,4,5. The last time I did this it was with a 5yo girl. She said, “o.k.” and played those five notes like she already knew how.

    Her 10yo sister watched her do it, but when I asked her to do the same she immediately said, “I can’t” and then struggled and struggles while I kept encouraging her and assuring her she definitely could. Finally she did but it was that learned “I can’t” based on fear of failure or being made fun of that made it so hard for her.

    This is why I greatly admire parents who make the huge effort to home-school their children. It is sad to have children learn “I can’t” and taught that they must create only what their teachers define as “reality”. No colorful trees if the teacher has never seen one that color; no coloring outside the lines because the student prefers it that way. And don’t even get me started on how dumbed-down the curriculums are.

    I have a funny story about my Spanish (as in from Spain) friend who thought he had forgotten how to speak both Spanish and English when he landed in Texas because the Texans had such strong accent and the Mexican-Americans used words he didn’t understand (because they speak a mixture of Spanish, Native American dialects and English words that have been made to “sound” Spanish).

    P.S. Your comment instructions are confusing because the top one says keywords will be removed and the bottom one says we can use two keywords.
    .-= Gail @ Business Blogging´s last blog ..KeywordLuv: How Using It Benefits Us All =-.

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    Interesting point, Sire. When I was a child I spoke Japanese, as I lived in Tokyo for 3 years. Within six months of coming back to the U.S., I’d forgotten it all because I didn’t have anyone to talk to.

    Kids have all the creativity in the world; well, at least they did when we were kids. These days, they’re given creativity in the form of video games, and I hope they still have that opportunity to be creative. Still, if you gave a kid a blog, they’d have something to write about every day because something would inspire them on a consistent basis, even small things. That’s what we as adults must continue to strive for.
    .-= Mitch´s last blog ..101Phones Not Paying Me My Commission =-.

    1. So true Mitch, we have to work at something that they find so natural. I reckon it’s because we have so many more worries than they do and unfortunately for them it’s all going to change so they better enjoy it while they can.

  9. Wow bro.
    I loved this post… it’s definitely a wakeup call to get back to my child-like heart!! Thanks tons man.

    I notice too, that when I’m just living life and enjoying it all at the same time, that’s when ideas flow and things work.

    It’s funny that I find the most consistency when I let go of the need to control things. :D

    Keep on!
    .-= Travis´s last blog ..You Are Your Own Best Material =-.

    1. Glad you enjoyed the post Travis. I’ve always found I do my best thinking when I’m relaxed and my worst when I’m stressed.

      1. For sure, I totally agree, my friend.
        Keep up the good work.

  10. So true, Sire. I output only a few posts in a month but this is not always just due to limited time. It’s mostly due to the limiting effects of ‘feelings of inadequacy’ and negative self-judgment. I do have a lot of drafts in my hard drive that I prefered not to publish.

    So cool of you Sire to connect the inner child with the blogger. Would there be a possible next post about releasing the feminine side of male bloggers? :)
    .-= James Moralde´s last blog ..PHP Referrer: Displaying The Referring Page =-.

    1. Now there’s an idea James, I wonder if I could pull a post like that off :laugh_tb:

  11. When I was a child I could hardly wait when I grow up and now when I grew up constantly looking for the child in it so I felt better and enjoyed life.

    Completely I like your post Sire …

    1. Thanks John, too bad we can’t have the best of both worlds isn’t it?

  12. My parents were quite strict in my childhood and because I missed a lot but I think I’ll go back after this baby in it and try to play the kids at least through the way blog.

    … we’ll see …

    1. Better luck on the next time round Thomas.

  13. Awsome video Sire. Thanks for sharing. My 7 year old enjoyed it too ;)

    Despite being a part time supply teacher, I’d have to agree with the comments about the school system conditioning children to lose that freeness of expression.

    My youngest is nearly 3. He goes to pre-school for a couple of hours four times per week and takes a bag with him. Rather than allowing him to carry the bag in his hand, they insisted he wear it on his back like all the other children. He hates wearing a bag on his back and tantrums ensued!

    My solution was to give him a different bag without shoulder straps but what bothered me more is that we all appreciate adults who think outside of the box. We give awards to our inventors and great thinkers. And yet when they’re in school, children are forced to conform. It makes no sense to me!

    I agree though that we as grown-ups can and should tap into the child inside us and let her out. It’s great fun :)
    .-= Eleanor Edwards @ Charity GiveABrick´s last blog ..Planning the steps. Can you help? =-.

    1. Could it be Eleanor that perhaps the reason for that is not so much that he conforms but so he doesn’t put his back out of whack? Being so young perhaps they were merely doing what they thought was best for his developing bones.

      1. I hadn’t though of that ;) It might be a little of that but they did tell me he had to wear it on his back because that’s what all the other children do. And the bag is tiny with just a nappy and pack of wipes. (Don’t even mention potty training. You think by child number three we’d be done by now but he’s not keen to conform with that either ;) His sisters were sooooo much quicker in that department!)

        Perhaps I should give them the benefit of the doubt though eh? :)
        .-= Eleanor Edwards @ Charity GiveABrick´s last blog ..Life Without Limbs? Life Without Limits! =-.

        1. I know sometimes we as parents jump to our child defense way to quickly when perhaps it’s not necessarily the correct course of action.

          I remember when my dad dropped me off on my first day at a new school, reckon I was about 7, and he said to my teacher that it if I was to act up it was quite alright for her to smack me one. Not that I ever did anything to deserve it, but if I ever did I would never tell dad because he would just say I must have deserved it and whacked me again.

          Now it’s so bad a teacher can’t even raise their voice at a student without the parent jumping down their throat. Personally I think it’s a shame. Kids need direction and they’re not getting it, and then we wonder why society is heading downhill.

  14. I have a problem with our school system as well in that they don’t believe in marking something wrong as they believe it will harm them psychologically, and so they pass them even though they should be repeating a year. Seems crazy because when they hit the real world they won’t know what hit them.

    As to the comments, the first is the standard comment instructions requiring people to use a name as many people use keyword as their name. The second part allows them to use the keyword section of keywordluv, and I still get people using ‘keyword@keyords’ and I now just delete or, if they’re particularly bad, spam them.

  15. I love to go outside in my bare feet and feel the earth between my toes. There is something about grounding oneself that puts us back in touch with the world. In the spring and summer I do this as I hang clothes on the wash-line. It’s times like this I need a voice recorder and to start speaking my thoughts aloud.

    Parents of young children can see the wonder of things as they watch their own children, too. Or, if your children are a bit slow like mine, you can watch the wonder in their eyes when they are 17 years old. :bye_tb: They truly are a constant source of joy and inspiration.
    .-= Anne´s last blog ..Random Nothingness =-.

    1. They sure are Anne, and I wonder where that old saying bare foot and pregnant came from :innocent1_tb:

  16. Hi Sire,

    I believe that reigniting the child in us will also release creativity and let go of our tight self-censorship.

    But things are a bit more complicated than that.

    One of the reasons that children learn so fast is that a child’s mind is fresh and unburdened with so many duties that we adults have.

    That’s why it is like a sponge.

    I think that we can certainly be more child-like than we allow ourselves to be and thus become better bloggers or whatever we put our minds to.

    But I think that becoming care free is something we can aim for without ever achieving it fully.

    .-= Vance@Extraordinary Minds Stories´s last blog ..League of Extraordinary Minds Panel 9, Last Free Session Report =-.

    1. Perhaps Vance, but I reckon half the stuff in our brain is useless clutter and if you could get rid of that we would be able to absorb a lot more. A defrag perhaps? :ponder_tb: :laugh_tb:

  17. Holy crap Sire you are getting a huge amount of comments, seems like every post I check has 100 more then the last. Haha nice work bro, just proves that hard work and consistency pays off.

    I went in to 2010 looking at things from a more general perspective, no stress, just fun and something different every single day. It’s made my mind at ease and all though I haven’t been blogging as much lately because my two business’s are in season, it’s been helping me in my business’s tremendously. New fresh ideas.
    .-= Extreme John @Blogging CEOS´s last blog ..A Day in the Life of.. Episode 5 [video] =-.

    1. Thanks John. I don’t think that I’m getting quite that many comments on all my posts, but it’s nice to have you say so. Anyway mate, I reckon I have a bit of work to do just to catch up with you. :tongue_laugh_ee:

      I think the less stress an more fun attitude will produce better work and you will be the happier for it.

  18. Adults have a tendency to over think things. I am guilty of it too sometimes. But when it comes to my blog I am pretty good about just laying it all out there.
    .-= Jack´s last blog ..Setting Goals =-.

    1. That’s good to hear Jack and I’m sure people respect you for it too.

  19. Wonderful post sire. I think we could all use to look at the world through the eyes of a child & let our inner child free.

    1. Thanks Rose :smile1_ee:

  20. Love it Sire… absolutely love it!

    Your comment “We don’t attempt things because we’re scared that we will fail” is so true and especially true in any environment where people are “on show”. Especially true in my own area, Public Speaking.

    In writing a post we all open ourselves to criticism, but I have found the blogging community to be tolerant of anyone who gives it a go. More than tolerant, actually supportive.

    My advice to new or established bloggers… loosen up and let it flow. Get it down on “paper” and let us have your point of view.

    And No, I can’t dance like a first grader… especially that first move. Made my eyes water just watching.
    .-= Keith Davis@public speaking´s last blog ..Practice, practice, practice… =-.

  21. Hi Sires,

    i think this video is awesome. I just loved the way that cute girl was moving her body, its so flexible and i don’t think I’ll be able to dance like her. children are real entertainers.

    Thanks dude for showing wonderful video.

    1. I left your comment but I de-linked it! Can you guess why? :furious_tb: :guns_tb: :devil_tb:

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