When I find a good thing, I like to to share it.
Maria Popova, through her website, BrainPickings.com, has achieved exactly the result most of us set out for in our own writing work. The difference is, most of us don’t get there.
At first blush, it appears to be little more than an extended blog, but there is so much more to appreciate about Brain Pickings. Few sites offer so much value in such a simple package.
Pleasingly compact in it’s design, it offers useful, thoughtful information, thought provoking imagery, and an academic connection for those of us feeling slightly alienated from our alma maters. It is like being able to walk into the classroom of a favourite professor and soak it all in, all the exposure to interesting sources, challenging perceptions and contrasting ideas.
To me, that’s exciting.
I often wonder where this Maria-person finds the time, what staff she might have at her disposal – graphic designer, web master, researcher, copyright lawyer, accountant, marketing department? It would seem to me, in order to achieve this quality, one would need the full complement of staff.
Lately, I’ve been seeing these Facebook advertisements for so and so’s Masterclass wherein best selling authors and other types of experts give online instruction on their given field. Margaret Atwood, Judy Bloom and Dan Brown caught my eye but if Maria Popova offered a Master Class, sign me up.
With over ten years in the biz, there is a lot of content to explore. A person could read only Brain Pickings for days and never get to the end of the literary and historical references. It elevates the online experience to something more.
As it should be.
From my humble little, largely ignored blog, I give BrainPickings.com 99 cups out of 100.