1. What is a SparkBugg?
A SparkBugg is an ideator (someone who generates ideas) or an ideophile (someone who loves new ideas). For example, a sparkbugg:
- totally digs novelty and new ideas.
- imagines ideas for new products, services, or anything else to make life simpler.
- daydreams about solutions to problems.
- says about some ideas, “I could have (or have) thought of that!”
- sketches things that don’t yet exist.
- dreams of making it big with an invention or idea.
- is interested in entrepreneurship.
2. In the blog,what are Bright Ideas and what are IdeaSparks*?
Bright Ideas are current innovations and inventions that I (or you, if you submit) come across. IdeaSparks* are my (and other readers’) original ideas. Many of the Bright Ideas will be found on the other blogs listed in the “Links” page, as well as in magazines, books, and on television. Often, Bright Ideas can lead to more IdeaSparks*, a process which will be a significant part of the conversation in here.
3. Aren’t you afraid someone will steal an IdeaSpark*?
Maybe a teeny bit. However, I believe that most ideas are meant to be shared, because ultimately, I value more the process of generating ideas, and not necessarily the ideas themselves. Additionally, it would make more sense for someone to collaborate with you around your idea, rather than steal it. Collaboration leads to synergy and the strengthening of the idea. It can also lead to the birth and actualization of additional ideas and innovations. Stealing an idea can lead to bad karma, potentially negative public relations, and a tarnished reputation.
4. How can someone post to the blog?
You may know of a Bright Idea, or have your own IdeaSpark. Anyone can share these or add any other comment to any specific post (by clinking on any “comments” link). To add a posting, email me (sparkbugg at sparkbugg.com) if you want to have something posted, and I will be happy to consider it. I may also take something great from a comment and add it as a post. Of course, the author will always get credit.
5. What is your story?
My name is Matt, born in 74, clinical psychologist in the Washington, DC area, married, with child. For my day job, I collaborate with my patients (in therapy) in trying to make their lives better. At night, I find myself thinking about ways to do that, but on a larger scale, with products and services.
6. What is your goal with SparkBugg.com?
I hope it will be a place where we all share our ideas, and that sharing becomes infectious and synergistic, leading to more ideas. This creative and community process will be rewarding in itself, hopefully for all involved. Even if someone just reads about ideas, and chooses not to share, that is great, too. Ideas are meant to be shared and spread, to entertain and inspire.
7. Can I ask some more questions?
Please do. Community is built with communication, so feel free to ask something via the comment section below. Alternatively, you can email me directly at (sparkbugg at sparkbugg.com).
8. Why don’t you use @ in your email address, as in sparkbugg at sparkbugg.com?
I heard that spambots search websites and capture listed email addresses. Maybe this is some web urban legend, but just in case, I am trying to prevent an onslaught of spam.
9. What is MetaBugg.com?
MetaBugg.com used to be the URL for a blog where I include information about starting and growing SparkBugg.com. It is a behind the scenes look at a newbie who is trying to get a blog up, running, and thriving. My ownership of the domain expired, and someone snatched it up. But you can find the blog HERE.