I awoke with a 3 A.M. epiphany of my own. I often do. This one took the form of realizing I want my blog to have more focus. I admire people who dive deeply into one topic. I don’t.
According to Barbara Sher, author of Refuse To Choose, I am a scanner, a person who has a wide variety of interests and likes to study them until my saturation point and not beyond that.
According to Barbara, my scanner categories are further specifically denoted as a plate spinner, (I like balancing as many ‘plates’ as I can), and a high speed indecisive.
A what, you say? A high speed indecisive, most of the description sounds like a learning disability, but good ol’ Barbara gets to what the advantage to being this way is – “for spotting gold.”
She came up with what is required in a profession for such a person to be valued:
- Freedom to get involved in everything.
- Endless variety.
- Value a person who can get others enthusiastic.
- Reward quick assessments, fast work, quick thinking.
This is all paraphrased from her book. I am so grateful to have found her and her book. I think blogging is a good fit for me.
So, how does that fit with waking up and wanting more focus for my blog? I see my focus will be in the direction of the 4 criteria above.
I joined NaBloPoMo and have been part of a group called Comment For A Comment. It amazes me how interesting people’s blogs are, even posts on subjects that don’t particularly interest me, at least not before I read their blog.
More often than not, when I have observed someone I think is a scanner and tell them about it, they respond as if I have insulted them. After reading Barbara’s book, I am happy to be as I am. Are any of you out there like this?
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