I don’t know about you but in spite of it having been used for 1,9287,832 movies and commercials Gimme Shelter is still among my favorite songs. If I feel like writing fiction it is a tune I can use to help me set a scene, except they always seem to be violent.
Want an example? Ok, I am going to start the song and write for the entire time. Let’s see what we come up with.
“Some men argue about whether it is better to be feared or respected, but I don’t waste time worrying about such things. Talk is cheap and I don’t have time for it. Action is what I want and it is the only tool I have found for impressing upon people sincerity of my desire.
When Jimmy Thompson spit in my face I didn’t react. It wasn’t because of fear or an unwillingness to respond. Those who know me best will tell you I am a guy who isn’t afraid to get hit, but when I hit back I like to hit hard.
I let him walk away thinking he had scared me. I let him walk away without fear or wonder about what I might do. Six hours later I walked through the screen door of his house and showed him a paper bag.
He told me I was stupid and then explained how he was going to teach me manners. I laughed and dumped the contents of the bag on the floor.
I am not Don Corleone but I never forgot that scene where the guy wakes up with a horse’s head in his bed. I didn’t have access to a horse but Jimmy’s dog was another story.
Those puppy dog eyes got his attention, especially when I picked up the head and hit him with it. I don’t think Jimmy will spit in my face again and not because his lips are a bruised…”
Your Blog Is Killing Your Love For Writing
Some of you are suffering because your blog is killing your love for writing. I see your posts and read your words and I wonder how long you can keep running on the hamster wheel.
Your blog isn’t just boring your reader, it is boring you. That is a sin. That is the fastest way to kill your blog and your dreams for it. There is a reason why most blogs don’t last beyond 90 days.
Some of it is because you don’t know why you are in this space and without an answer to that question you can’t develop a plan. I see you talking about your goal to take the blog to the next level but I don’t understand how you intend to get there.
That old saw about failing to plan being the equivalent of planning to fail is true in this arena. Without a commitment to work hard for an extended period of time you are going to have a hell of time not being lost among the clutter and noise.
You need to find a way to keep your blog from killing you love for writing.
There Are Many Solutions
There are many solutions to your particular challenge. Your job is to figure out which one works for you and how to implement it.
I like to let my words run free and take a chance here and there.
This a business blog and it is a tool for generating more writing/marketing jobs. Some people have suggested it might be prudent to tone some of it down and that including lines of fiction like the ones above might create issues.
That fiction serves several purposes. It helps keep my love for writing alive and it shows I can do more than discuss analytics, social media, marketing and business objectives.
It helps me point out that I have transferable skills.
This blog works for me. It brings in business and that is enough proof for me that what I am doing is working.
You don’t have to reinvent the wheel. If my system works for you there is no reason not to adopt it, but you don’t have to.
The Most Important Thing
The most important thing you can do is figure out what works for you and then do that. Don’t let your blog kill your love for writing.
Your passion and personality are of paramount importance because when you instill them in your words it comes through for the reader. It is part of what makes your content interesting, exciting and worth reading.
The hardest part about blogging isn’t writing, it is sustaining your effort. Find your solution, sustain your effort- good things will come from that.