What Would Your Manifesto Say?

December 21, 2011 · 10 comments

Manifestos are all the rage. Lots of popular bloggers have them, and I’m seeing more pop up across the blogosphere.

What, exactly, is a manifesto, you ask? It’s a blogger’s take on the world, and his/her advice for living awesomely. It’s a statement of purpose. Kind of reminds me of an artist’s statement, actually.

If you think of blogging — and sharing ideas — as a form of art, a manifesto answers this question: What effect do you want your art to have on the world?

My manifesto: When chopping a coconut with a machete, do it like you mean it. (Madagascar)

A few examples of bloggers’ manifestos:

Most bloggers offer their manifestos free, in ebook form. These guides are downloaded mainly by the blogger’s superfans, the loyal group that will read whatever that writer creates.

I’m not about to create a manifesto — yet — but watching other bloggers come out with theirs got me thinking: What would MY manifesto say? What would be the core idea?

It would be about how to create the life you want to live. Finding freedom in your career and life. Using your can-do attitude to reach great heights. Thinking differently about how you can accomplish what will truly make you happy.

And writing this, I’m realizing that creating a manifesto might also help me solidify what I stand for.

What would YOUR manifesto say?

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Alison Gresik December 21, 2011 at 9:26 am

My manifesto is about how the truth and beauty we find in the world moves through us to become art. And how that’s a really good thing and we should do more of it.

You can read it here if you’re curious! http://www.gresik.ca/2011/10/the-truth-and-beauty-cycle/

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Andi of My Beautiful Adventures December 21, 2011 at 10:05 am

DREAM BIG!

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Annie Andre December 21, 2011 at 5:06 pm

Ooh good question. i remember asking myself this question a few months ago and had no idea. But now I think it would be “An Adventure Manifesto for the practical person”

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Jessica Sadoway December 23, 2011 at 12:42 am

It’s not quite a manifesto, but I’ve been working on a re-write of my About Me page this week. It just went live today. It used to be a couple paragraphs about why I created the site and it always struck me as a little less than genuine. I was trying to advertise, and it showed. Now, it’s organizer into short sections about the blog, me, and my mission and values. I like it a lot better, but I’ll never stop looking for ways to improve it!

I think everyone should do an exercise like this, even if they don’t make it public. It really helps focus and re-define your passions.

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Janet December 28, 2011 at 4:20 am

I still can’t chop a coconut with a machete!! It’s harder than it looks. Or maybe I’m just too sissy. :) I like the word manifesto. To me, it’s just a fancier ‘about page’ or a mission/vision statement. But it’s a much funner way to get your message across!

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