Becoming a successful blogger can be a challenge. There are some truly brilliant minds out there competing with you for visitors and loyal readers.
If Leonardo da Vinci were here today and blogging with the rest of us, he would probably be in the top 100 blogs.
Here are 12 things you can do to be more like Leonardo … and become a better blogger…
1. Always carry a notebook with you
Leonardo da Vinci carried a notebook with him everywhere so he could write down his ideas and observations in real time, rather than rely on his memory and miss out on those valuable first impressions and finer details that you only get at that moment in time.
- Carry your notebook with you everywhere and write in it regularly.
- Treat it like your house key and don’t leave home without it.
- When you have that great idea write it down. Capture the details and expand on it before your passions have time to cool.
- If you are full of ideas, you might need to schedule regular note making sessions with yourself in the mornings or before going to bed.
- Use a notebook that has lined and blank pages so you can draw and mind map just as easily as you can write sentences and create lists.
- Record your dreams, goals, quotes, observations, ideas, book titles and web addresses…anything that will help you remember and expand on your thoughts later on.
2. Look for the links between things
Everything is interconnected, you just have to think about it. Also known as hybrid thinking, systems thinking and the medici principle, looking for links between apparently different things can help you find amazing solutions to seemingly impossible problems.
- You can come up with novel ways of expressing yourself.
- Use analogies like the similarities between objects.
- What does an elephant have to do with children? They both stomp around!
3. Never stop learning
“The noblest pleasure is the joy of understanding.” Da Vinci
I highly recommend the book: How to Think like Leonardo da Vinci.
4. Test your knowledge, share your experiences and learn from your mistakes
Da Vinci commited to test knowledge through experience, persistence, and a willingness to learn from mistakes.
“These rules are of use only in correcting the figures; since every man makes some mistakes in his first compositions and he who knows them not, cannot amend them. But you, knowing your errors, will correct your works and where you find mistakes amend them, and remember never to fall into them again. But if you try to apply these rules in composition you will never make an end, and will produce confusion in your works.”
“Those who are in love with practice without knowledge are like the sailor who gets into a ship without rudder or compass and who never can be certain where he is going.” Da Vinci
5. Take action
“I have been impressed with the urgency of doing. Knowing is not enough; we must apply. Being willing is not enough; we must do.” Da Vinci
Even Yoda said, “There is no try. There is do or do not. That is why you fail.”
- You can plan forever but until you start doing, your efforts will be fruitless.
- As soon as you realise you have a good idea, create a basic plan and then start implementing it.
- You can always adjust what you do and how you do it.
- The important thing is the what, not the how.
- Take action now.
6. Use Common Sense
“The Common Sense, is that which judges things offered to it by the other senses. They say that this Sense is situated in the centre of the head between Sensation and Memory. And this name of Common Sense is given to it solely because it is the common judge of all the other five senses i.e. Seeing, Hearing, Touch, Taste and Smell.” Da Vinci
7. Use your whole brain
“Whole-brain” thinking is the mix of schools of thought in the same thinking session.
- Anything from science and maths to creativity and biology come together to form unique points of view.
8. Be rational
You don’t need qualifications. Just share your experience.
In Da Vinci’s words…
“Though I may not, like them, be able to quote other authors, I shall rely on that which is much greater and more worthy – on experience, the mistress of their Masters. They go about puffed up and pompous, dressed and decorated with [the fruits], not of their own labours, but of those of others.”
“Anyone who conducts an argument by appealing to authority is not using his intelligence; he is just using his memory.”
9. Build a solid foundation
Da Vinci on architecture:
“The first and most important thing is stability. As to the foundations of the component parts of temples and other public buildings, the depths of the foundations must bear the same proportions to each other as the weight of material which is to be placed upon them.”
“He who wishes to be rich in a day will be hanged in a year.”
10. Understand how to move a person
“The tears come from the heart and not from the brain.”
“We see the most striking example of humility in the lamb which will submit to any animal; and when they are given for food to imprisoned lions they are as gentle to them as to their own mother, so that very often it has been seen that the lions forbear to kill them.”
11. Be careful choosing and making decisions…what moves you make
A fable by Da Vinci…
“A dog, lying asleep on the fur of a sheep, one of his fleas, perceiving the odour of the greasy wool, judged that this must be a land of better living, and also more secure from the teeth and nails of the dog where he fed on the dog; and without farther reflection he left the dog and went into the thick wool. There he began with great labour to try to pass among the roots of the hairs; but after much sweating had to give up the task in vain, because these hairs were so close that they almost touched each other, and there was no space where fleas could taste the skin. Hence, after much labour and fatigue, he began to wish to return to his dog, who however had already departed; so he was constrained after long repentance and bitter tears, to die of hunger.”
12. Continually adapt
“An ass having gone to sleep on the ice over a deep lake, his heat dissolved the ice and the ass awoke under water to his great grief, and was forthwith drowned.”
“Life is pretty simple. You do some stuff. Most fails. Some works. You do more of what works. If it works big, others quickly copy it. Then you do something else. The trick is the doing something else.”
Blogging like Batman
If blogging like da Vinci isn’t quite your style, you can always blog like Batman…
“It’s not who I am underneath, but what I do that defines me.”
“People need dramatic examples to shake them out of apathy, and I can’t do that as Bruce Wayne. As a man, I’m flesh and blood. I can be ignored, I can be destroyed. But as a symbol… as a symbol, I can be incorruptible. I can be everlasting.” Batman
Vitruvian man by Leonardo da Vinci @ Sacred Texts
The Vitruvian BatMan by neomonki @ deviantart