How to be Interesting

Great post by Russel Davies with 10 ways of being more interesting. phrased like that it might sound a bit weird; “hoooo I want to be interesting” but it’s actually also a good list to learn more and be more creative.

  1. Take at least one picture everyday. Post it to flickr.
  2. Start a blog. Write at least one sentence every week.
  3. Keep a scrapbook.
  4. Every week, read a magazine you’ve never read before.
  5. Once a month interview someone for 20 minutes, work out how to make them interesting. Podcast it.
  6. Collect something.
  7. Once a week sit in a coffee-shop or cafe for an hour and listen to other people’s conversations. Take notes. Blog about it. (Carefully)
  8. Every month write 50 words about one piece of visual art, one piece of writing, one piece of music and one piece of film or TV. Do other art forms if you can. Blog about it.
  9. Make something.
  1. Read.

    The link and the “cliff notes” list version above are from Steve at Creative Generalist who’s university walls entry is also a great read.


Steven Mansour November 19, 2006

“Start a blog.” “Post it to flickr.” “Blog about it.” “Podcast it.”

That’s hilarious. The most interesting people I’ve come across have never heard of a blog, a podcast, and especially not of Flickr.

There are better, more meaningful ways to share for those who want to “appear interesting”, if that’s their goal.

Patrick November 19, 2006

Hmm. Weird. I must have missed the part where it said people weren’t interesting without it or that those were the only ways.

karl November 20, 2006

hmm it sounds like any cheap psy/selfhelp book remixed Web 2.0 hippsters.

Yes each of these individual things can help you to have pleasure, to gain confidence, but to hell with “becoming more interesting”. All of these do not make you more interesting (patented by Yahoo!/Flickr).


Patrick, I’m not sure you put the list because you thought you were not interesting yourself. if it is the case, please, please, YOU ARE interesting, no need to become it.


Patrick November 20, 2006

Thx Karl.

But no, I wasn’t looking to be more interesting, as I noted, I see it more as a way to learn more and be more creative. Since I’m already doing a number of them, I think it’s a good list to add a couple of things to my “routine”, like reading magazines I don’t usually pick up, “write 50 words about a piece of art” and “make something”.

Caro November 24, 2006

I think everyone is creative in their own way, whether it be in painting an image, writing, gardening, having a podcast or a blog… There is no step-by-step manual to being interesting, as being interesting is purely subjective, and it’s all a question of confidence anyways. Best to just be true to what comes naturally, then whether or not you’re interesting isn’t even an issue. However, if you read more magazines I imagine you WILL have a vaster array of chat up lines banked up for cocktail parties…

Patrick November 26, 2006

Hehehe. I’ll remember that in preparation for Erin’s party :-p

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