Remember life before blogging? It was simple; you could just sit in front of the TV and spend countless hours turning your brain to mush. The hardest choices were whether to watch Jane’s great hair on The Mentalist or Miami CSI; tough choices indeed. Now, ‘social’ is the culprit turning our brains to mush, huh?
Once you decide ‘blogging’ is for you, your mindset becomes one of ‘awareness‘; every life event you have experienced or will experience is potential fodder for a post. Your life has become a stage.
Blogging has become your appointment with the shrink
From what I have seen and read, it appears blogging has become the platform to ‘tell all’, like you would on the shrink’s couch. Some are very comfortable sharing every single detail of their lives; the good, bad and the ugly. I suppose if it makes you feel better, then more power to you; after all, it is your blog, right?
Maybe it’s the semi-anonymity feel of the internet that allows a certain ‘layer’ of bravado and protection. Just remember, your words in social will be around long after you are gone, they will be your legacy. To be safe, maybe you better check the mirror one more time before leaving the house…..I think your shirt is on backwards.
I’m pretty much an open book and if you come here often you will get a sense of what I am about, what makes Billy tick; however, even I will draw the line somewhere. Personally, I don’t think it’s a bad idea to have a certain amount of intrigue surrounding you, even if you are as predictable and boring as I am.
Bloggers view the world differently
Do you ever catch yourself watching a TV show or reading the paper and think about how the story line is being developed? Think about what the writers went through to come up with the finished product? Wonder how much pressure they feel to make sure it is quality, epic every time it hits the street?
The same thing as you are watching the news, sitting in a meeting, attending a social event; now you think of your blog first; how can I make this work for me?
I am blogger, watch me blog
Whether you are Mr ‘A-lister’ Joe Muckity Muck or Elmer Fudd like me, either you are a blogger or you aren’t. Regardless of your platform, the quality of your work, your readership, etc, if you are taking the time to write and publish, you are a blogger; period. You are going through the same mechanics as the ‘big boys’, so never sell yourself short.
Entry into this fraternity/clan is relatively easy regardless of your perceived stature; staying here is the challenge, and only other bloggers know what that feels like.
Blogging will keep you in shape
Not; how does pasty and soft sound? Social and blogging are time sucks. You can easily spend most of your free time in front of the computer instead of doing something healthy. It is much easier being ‘epic’ and lazy, instead of worrying about your health.
If nothing else, make sure you always schedule some healthy ‘me’ time because if you don’t have your health you really have nothing; I don’t care how Mr A-list you are.
There is only one way to blog
Yes, it’s true and that way is your way. You can emulate, you can spend all your time
butt sniffing being seen at the ‘right’ places, you can be micro-niched or you can be a generalist. However, at the end of the day you have to find what works for you, what keeps this sustainable at whatever schedule you have deemed appropriate for yourself.
It certainly isn’t rocket science but it is a commitment if you plan on having any staying power. Don’t get too hung up on finding your voice until you find your sustainability level. The main thing is to just get out there and ‘do it’.
I thought blogging was ‘social’, I don’t have any friends
Or, when you get past that, the lament is ‘I don’t have the ‘right‘ friends’. Boo hoo; put on your big-boy pants and take the time to engage and develop a community first, and then let all of your awesomeness shine through.
Just like any endeavor it will take time and effort; use common sense and don’t be a douche-bag; ever. If you ‘make it’, who knows, you might become famous enough to
dump relocate all your followers because now you are ‘social god‘ with no stink on your doodie. Yeah, let’s see how un-social we can be in social….that’s the ticket.
That’s all I have
What does blogging look like to you?