So, we meet in a cafe. You tell me you’re in education/media/business/coaching – a creative, maybe. I tell you I’m your fairy godmother. And I’m giving you your own free publishing company…
With which you can
• chat with those you serve and serve them better
• prove your value to whoever it matters
• share your interests, causes and learning
• aim to be a thought leader if you so desire
• teach and instruct
• win friends…build reputation…collaborate really quickly on new projects (you build common ground and empathy with people before meeting)
And that’s just for starters. I’ve not mentioned airing ideas for feedback, or selling stuff or globally connecting with others who share your same peculiar fixations.
Why would anyone doing anything mildly interesting not want to do this?
Hmmn. Wonderfully effective PR/learning/networking not worth setting aside a couple of hours a week for…? (plus the thinking about it reignites subject enthusiasm – trust me on this: am shrink)
People Will Disagree/Criticize/Complain
Yes. People do these things. Everywhere. Giving you an opportunity to show how you’re a grown-up and can deal with it.
Most people are on the web to be inspired, amazed, engaged, connected, enthused and led… (OK. Some want to sneer. And that’s what they want wherever they go. It’s their default setting : scared)
But you can learn to. Anyone can. And the informal style of blogging is more like a radio chat show style than anything literary.
And blogs don’t have to have much writing: they can be collections of interesting content, aggregated news from your sectors, videos, podcasts, photos. You don’t have to figure at all if you don’t want to. Just involve your interesting colleagues, friends and other bloggers.
Web’s All Rubbish
A lot of us are learning on the web and not trashing our disasters, that’s true enough. But people creating valuable content are usually smart enough to work out how to make it wiggle through.
Here is some hopefully-useful content, related to the theme of this post:
Brian Solis: lots of analysis ‘Blogs are underrated and largely underestimated’.
Fred Wilson: combines biz (venture capital) and the personal
Debbie Weil: book and training
Work Matters: teaching
Julien Smith with The Flinch :short SAS style guide to tackling fear, free on Kindle
and for technical support: WordPress Users Wales (interest declared here, as co-coordinator)
Leap in then, and
Comment all over the place on existing blogs and networks; immerse yourself totally in other people’s content on your enthusiasm till you are exploding with a sense of ‘heavens above, I could bring something to the party here’, do something else heroic – go jogging, talk to your most awkward contact, phone your accountant – then blog.
Adrenalin pulsing, you’ll be cooking..
And this week here, I’ve learnt Mrs Motivator’s Facebook page is a no-brainer. So from today it’s going to act as a repository for interesting videos and books connected to themes here.
And if you want ideas for blogging? Well, you just have to ask…