The best of Creative Something 2013

As each year draws to a close, I like to take a look back at how Creative Something has grown.

This year brought a subtle shift in what I write about and how I write. Moving somewhat away from what it means to be creative, more towards how to better understand your own creativity in order to do more with it (including making a living from it).

Just to give you a little snapshot of what 2013 meant for Creative Something:

• More than a quarter of a million people visited the blog • There are now just under 100,000 people subscribed via Tumblr! • 41% of you reading this are from the United States, 5% are from India or nearby • There have only been 198 posts on Creative Something this entire year (something I want to get higher during 2014)

With that said, a tradition I’ve held since I first started blogging here in 2008 is to go over the past year’s most popular posts. These are the posts that received the most eyeballs during 2013.

1. Why you’re more creative at night and how to reproduce the effect

Why is it that so many of us seem to be more creative at night (or during a specific time during the morning or afternoon) than other times? The science behind how we think is captivating and enlightening, to the point where we can find other ways of replicating the effect and not relying so heavily on our internal rhythms for motivation.

2. The relationship between creativity and intelligence

Do you have to be really intelligent to be very creative? In this post we explore the link between creativity and intelligence and what it means if you’re a brainiac or just an average thinker.

3. The link between depression and creativity, and how it can be good for you

Historically, creative greats have commonly suffered from depression or similar symptoms. But why? If you’re creative are you more likely to suffer from depression? Or if you’re a depressed person are you more inclined to be creative? In this article we uncover some of the science behind the link, and expose why depression may help creativity and vice versa.

4. Are you creatively good enough?

If you work in any creative field you undoubtedly find yourself often asking yourself questions like: “Is my work good enough? Do I have what it takes to be an author, or painter, or musician, or dancer, or teacher, or innovator?– While those are good questions, they’re the wrong questions to be asking as a creative.

5. Three keys to thinking like a creative genius

What better creative genius to mimic than the famous Sherlock Holmes? Look through the three classic traits of the mythical detective and see what real science has to say about how those attributes strengthen creative resolve.

6. What neuroscience teaches us about creativity

Creativity is a process of the mind – of course – so to truly understand it we have to attempt to understand the brain itself (at least in part). Looking towards neuroscience as a starting point, we can see exactly what it is that makes our creativity tick (or, at least, what we think it is).

7. The creative processing your brain won’t tell you about

Our brains are so vastly complex that there are a lot of processes taking place at any given moment. A number of those hidden processes impact creativity and our ability to think, but new research has begun to shine light on exactly what happens in our brains when we’re not paying attention, and how that affects creativity.

That’s that!

I’ll be taking the rest of the year away from blogging to focus on other endeavors and a little (much needed) vacation time.

Thank you! Thank you for reading, following along on Tumblr, Facebook, or Twitter, and for liking and sharing everything I’ve put here over the last six years!

See you next year when writing continues. Until then, farewell.