The Improv Life: The Biggest Benefits of Keeping an Improv Blog
I’ve been blogging about my improv journey for almost 7 years. Here’s what I’ve learned after all that time.
1. I’d be lying if I remember every improv show, every set. What I remember most are moments and lessons – this blog is a way to record those moments and lessons.
2. You can be really affected by a class, show, or lesson, but it’s easy to forget it. Insights are transient. They arrive, blow your mind, and then they’re gone.
2a. Writing them down will make sure you retain some part of it.
2b. Plus, you can share your insights with the larger community and put some good out there.
2c. General rule for putting good out there: just do it, then do it again when you can, and repeat. Under no circumstances expect anything in return.
2d. Also, my insights are valid. Not saying they’re all game changers, but imposter syndrome will trick you into thinking that your experience has nothing of value to share with the world.
2e. My experience has value, so does yours.
3. Besides blogging about my insights, I also write about my journey.
3a. The specific is the universal. Meaning, I hope you can relate to parts of my highly specified, very personal journey.
3b. The more personal, the more people can connect to it. (That’s a rule applicable to most writing).
4. There are things in this journey that surround improv, things that happen off stage – rehearsals, team dinners, karaoke nights, driving up to the Clubhouse with Frankie Estrella, doing bits and talking wrestling the whole time. These and more are part of the journey, and they leave me affected, my art as well. It’s all connected I guess.
5. This blog, therefore, is a notebook to jot down my insights before I lose them, and a journal to archive important moments of my journey.
6. Basically, this blog is for me, to chronicle my journey, where I’ve been, what I’ve done, and what I’ve learned.
6a. That’s a great reason to start a blog.
7. I encourage you to chronicle your journey as well.
See you next time,
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