Your Keyboard is the Brush: Pablo Picasso’s Blogging Advice

picassoHaving a blog is much like creating art. It takes dedication, hard work, and a heavy dose of creativity. Pablo Picasso, one of the greatest artists of all time, approached art the same way he approached life – with curiosity and dedication. Picasso’s philosophy on art and life can be applied to blogging and offers some refreshing advice on how to stay relevant in this information-saturated world. Let’s take a look at some of his most famous quotes as they relate to blogging.

“Bad artists copy. Good artists steal.” – Pablo Picasso

What Picasso meant by this quote is that good artists can take a concept and rework it to fit their own style. Bad artists, on the other hand, simply copy others in the hopes of riding their coattails. Good bloggers know that there’s nothing worth saying that hasn’t already been said. But does that mean we don’t say anything? No, it means that good bloggers need to be able to take a concept and repurpose it with a unique flair.

“Colors, like features, follow the changes of the emotions.”- Pablo Picasso

Picasso knew very well that the appeal of art is as changeable as the colors in a painting. For bloggers, our artwork is our blogs. Therefore, Picasso’s advice to bloggers would be to create content for different reasons and different people. As people respond to content differently, Picasso reminds bloggers that it’s important to have a variety of pieces designed to reach readers who are at different stages of engagement with your blog.

“I don’t believe in accidents. There are only encounters in history. There are no accidents.” – Pablo Picasso

This is perhaps my favorite quote from Picasso. As bloggers, we can sometimes get down on ourselves when our content doesn’t automatically go viral, or worse, gets ignored completely. Picasso would advise bloggers to focus on learning from our mistakes rather than obsessing about content that flopped.

During his life, Picasso experimented with a range of art styles before settling into his own. His philosophy on life and art led him to focus on the positive rather than dwell on his artistic failures. Similarly, bloggers need to feel free to experiment with their content, learn from mistakes, and produce content that is useful, compelling, and speaks to a variety of readers.

How can your content be more like a Picasso masterpiece? What is the greatest blogging lesson you have learned?

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Victoria Schleicher is a graduate of the University of South Florida and holds a BA in Psychology. Although Victoria was successful in the mental health field, she chose to instead pursue her passion for writing and art, and is happy to be a part of the Content Equals Money team. When not writing, Victoria likes to create art, play with her cat, read, and go running.

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