“Action speaks louder than words
And I’m a man of great experience
I know you got another man
But I can love you better than him
Take my hand, don’t be afraid
I’m wanna prove every word I say
I’m advertisin’ love for free
So, you can place your ad with me”
Hard to Handle- Otis Redding
Don’t let the Otis Redding quote throw you because my pal Otis fits into this post perfectly. He works regardless of whether you thinkÂ blogging has to have a pointÂ or not and that is because the best bloggers are storytellers.
Take A Deep Breath and Keep Reading
Yeah, I know there is a lot going on here but I have faith in your ability to follow the thread and am confident that your critical reasoning skills are strong, even at this late hour.
Johnny Cash is one of my favorite artists for a long list of reasons, but much of it is centered on his story. His story intrigues me as do the tales he tells in his songs. There is feeling, there is emotion, there is movement.
He doesn’t have what you would call aÂ pureÂ voice. You wouldn’t find him doing the same sort of music that you catch Josh Groban, Frank Sinatra, Michael Buble doing. His voice wasn’t silky smooth, there was an edge.
I like the edge.
Maybe it is because I have one or maybe it is because to me it helps add something extra to the stories.
If Johnny Cash Were A Blogger
Johnny Cash would be a better blogger than Barry Manilow. Â Ok, that is subjective but I like Johnny’s stories better.
If you ask me for my advice I will probably never suggest you try being all things to all people. You can’t make everyone happy and doing so will only make someone sad, probably you.
This wacky world we call the blogosphere is littered with the wreckage of bloggers that failed. Some had early success and flamed out and others just never hung on long enough to get to the place where they felt comfortable.
And that ties into Johnny for me and why I like him.
I see him as someone who understood he was flawed and who figured out how to be ok with that. I don’t know that to be true. I didn’t read it in a book or see it anywhere I can cite with authority.
It is my perception.
Perception is Reality Here
Perception is reality here and in the real world, at least it is for many people.
But what I am talking about isn’t how others perceive you, but how you perceive yourself. I am talking about your personal self image. I am talking about when then lights go out and you are alone with your thoughts, what do you see.
Your perception of who you are impacts your life. How you think of yourself has a direct connection with so many things.
I relate to Johnny. His stories resonate with me.
It is not a complete match. There are things that I can’t relate at all too, but that is ok.
You and Your Readers
Here is how it all ties together, or at least how I see it. One of the tricks to building a successful blog is building a community and creating a connection between you and your readers.
Johnny’s music caught me a long time ago and now he is one of my go to guys.
That is the sort of thing you want to create and build for your blog. If you can do that, good things will come from it.
What do you think?