“In vino veritas est.” ~ Pliny the Elder
“God bless the honest, for they shall make my days more entertaining.” ~ Ally Bean
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As I have mentioned here before I am a good listener. I am also the “go to” person in my social group for how to start a blog. And, as you have probably already figured out, I get tickled by the darnedest things. To wit, the following real life vignette.
An acquaintance, who I see about once every 3 years or so, asked me about how to start a blog. We were at a fancy reception and there was much wine being served.
I told her my standard response* to her question. She seemed intrigued and started asking a bunch more questions about blogging. In the flow of the conversation I told her that I thought that she’d be good at blogging because she is smart and articulate. [Which all bloggers are, right?]
Of course, I wanted to know what she thought that she might be blogging about, so I asked her. Knowing a little bit about her I figured that she’d say something like: my kids, my love of interior design, tips on antiquing, tips on cooking, my conservative political opinions. Subjects that I know she cares about.
But what I did not expect her to say is the most unanticipated, yet delightful, reason for blogging that anyone has told me to date. She told me that she didn’t care what subject she wrote about. That didn’t matter to her at all. No, what she wanted to do in her blog was to: Tell people what to do. Her way. So that they wouldn’t bug her with their stupidness any more.
Now this is an approach to blogging and a point of view, which you have to admit, is both authentic and could be fun to read about, subjects be damned. Plus, I suspect, that in our heart of hearts there isn’t one blogger [or person] out there who hasn’t thought the same thing, but just never had
the amount of wine necessary the gumption to say it. So clearly. And so loudly.
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* When you start a blog you need to consider three basic questions.
- Do you have something to say? Can you say it in a way that other people will understand? Hmm?
- Where will you put your blog? That is, when you decide on your platform will you pay money for it or will it be free?
- Will you commit to showing up to your blog on a regular basis? If not, you’ll tick off your friends and readers. And you don’t want that, do you?