Blogs, chatrooms, and online forums have spread like wildfire. It is so easy in 2012 to post absolutely anything you fancy onto the World Wide Web for everybody to read. I usually stay away from the majority of these sites, for fear of attracting unwanted lonely individuals or simply getting lost in the mindless opinions of other people. But this one just feels different.
I guess more than being creative in itself, I would consider this site a creativity enabler. That’s creative too, right? It provides a creative outlet for the world, a place to get it all out there and say what you feel. Sure, there are sites such as Facebook and Twitter that already do this. But the purpose of SoulPancake is to reflect and comment on the big questions, the thought-provoking questions, the unknown territory of a human emotion. It’s not reduced to a status update or a tweet about what one of you +1000 friends or followers had for breakfast.
Although open forums are not novel ideas, I think SoulPancake is novel in its attempt to keep all conversations focused on profound thoughts and realizations. It really does make an effort to make people think before they respond to a previous comment or post. Channeling creativity in this way provides a unique outlet for individuals to spit out any wisdom they can muster.
I like this site because unlike the Creative Minds we have studied class, none of the focus is on the individual, or the team in this case, that created the site. Instead, the focus is on the contributors, the common folk, anyone and everyone who would like to add their wisdom to the plate. The creators of SoulPancake do not seem to want any credit or acknowledgement—but are satisfied simply by being catalysts of creativity.