Thursday, April 24, 2008

How Real Do You Keep It?

Yeah, yeah, yeah - I know I missed Do Day yesterday. I was in Chicago and Charlotte working focus group facility back rooms, so I was unable to get my interview on. Plannin' ain't easy. And research ain't sh*t but M&M's and Twix. I don't actually believe that; however, it did flow off the keypad.

Speaking of stream of consciousness typing (or as the kids say, "straight off the dome"), I thought I'd hit you all with a solid piece of advice on blogging from Seth Godin that I copy/pasted back in the day:

Don't let the words get in the way. If you're writing online, forget everything you were tortured by in high school English class. You're not trying to win any awards or get an A. You're just trying to be real, to make a point, to write something worth reading.

So just say it.

In addition to prompting me to recite a line from Clueless (yes, again) and then an entire Chappelle's Show skit, it made me want to profess the following:

I write crappy titles for my blog posts.
I rely way to heavily on my weekly features—"Inbox of Immaturity" and "Do Day"—to supply titles.
I am way to literal when I actually do have to write a title.

Ah, that felt good. Honestly though, it is something that has come up a few times lately—for example, when seeing titles like this that really pique my interest. It's basically a cardinal rule for increasing blog traffic. But more importantly, as someone who prides himself on being creative (and loving those sassy one-liners and Sex in the City-esque puns - who's getting excited for May 30th!!! ;)), there's no excuse not to put in the extra few minutes to come up with a relevant and captivating title.

So this is me keeping it real and calling myself out on a Thursday. In addition to thinking more about my post titles, I'll be going back and labeling my old posts so as to free myself even on Wednesdays and Fridays when you'll be getting inspiration for doing and distractions for not doing, respectively.

F that, I don't like people playing on my phone.

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