Welcome to More Cowbell! Today is Thoughty Thursday when we examine whatever topic is kicking around in my brain for the week.
Note: For those of you who are dying to find out the latest winners in the Triberr Contest, see the end of this post.
Part 2 examines how to keep your passion for your blog alive.
I had one of my new followers ask me this exact question on Twitter (I won’t name her here – she can out herself out in the comments if she likes). We had a chat last week that went something like this:
Her: I’m tired of blogging about writing but I don’t know what else to talk about.
Me: Well what are you passionate about? What do you get the most excited about?
Her: I can’t write a blog about chocolate!
We chatted a bit more and I don’t honestly know if this conversation helped her at all, but I do know it got her thinking. She got me thinking too.
Anyone can blog about ANYTHING if they make it interesting. I firmly believe it’s about enjoying yourself.
People are attracted to joy.
Let me give you some examples if you don’t believe me:
- I’ve seen Kristen Lamb blog about her junk drawer.
- I blogged about the (amazing) zucchini plant in my garden last summer.
- Natalie Hartford put all her readers on the floor, when she discussed the art of Fartriliquism (yes, it’s what you think it is).
- Julie Glover writes wonderful posts on words and language.
- Fabio Bueno did a blog yesterday about his parakeets that ROCKED.
- One of the funniest posts I’ve EVER read was from The Bloggess about a metal chicken.
I’ve seen great blogs on philanthropy, health and gluten-free eating. Take your interest and work it, you amazing blogger…work it! (That’s right…skip a little when you make that turn of phrase…toss your head…twitch your tail. WORK IT.)
The entire point of blogging is have fun and tailor your site to fit you.
You want to know why I think so many writers have hissy fits over their blogs? Because they’re introverts and all this social media WEARS THEM OUT.
What does it mean to be an “introvert” or an “extrovert?”
I’ve found that very few people know the real definition of introverts vs. extroverts so I’ll share it with you here, courtesy of the Rockstar Counselor Guy who told me.
It’s all about energy:
- Introverts gain energy from time spent by themselves.
- Extroverts gain energy from time spent with others.
Are you scratching your head, wondering what that even means?? I understand.
Most people think introverts don’t like people, which couldn’t be further from the truth. The majority of introverts like people just fine, they just get tired out by too much contact with them.
For an extrovert like me, if I need an energy lift, I go to where the people are. This doesn’t mean I even want to talk to them. Truly. A lot of the time I don’t. I just want to be around them, sucking up some energy from the buzz of the room.
What are some of the ways blogging helps me as an extrovert?
- Forming connections and meeting new people gives me the warm fuzzies.
- As I mentioned in part 2 of this series, helping people gives me the warm fuzzies too.
- I get to suck in all that energy from my More Cowbell Posse and use it to fuel my writing (you know, when I’m by myself ).
How might blogging help an introvert?
- They can form connections without wearing themselves out.
- They can interact on a limited basis, again conserving energy.
- If they are shy, they can step out of that box more easily without the sensory input of a face-to-face meeting throwing them off. Shyness sometimes stems from the second most common fear in America, which is fear of social embarrassment.
So where do you fall? Are you an introvert, an extrovert, or something halfway between the two? Enquiring minds always want to know these things here at More Cowbell!
Triberr Contest Update!
I’m giving away spots in a new More Cowbell tribe specifically from the comments in my Triberr blogs. PLUS, I will give the winners a Triberr tutorial via GoToMeeting where we all talk on the phone and do a quick online session about how Triberr works.
Here’s how to enter this contest:
- Comment or link back to any of my Triberr posts
- I will add your name to the Magic Hat of Triberr Love
- I will draw 3 names each time I put up a Triberr post, announcing the winners for the week.
Week 1′s winners were: Nicole Basaraba, Sheila Seabrook and Raelyn Barclay.
Week 2′s winners are: Jessica O’Neal, Marcy Kennedy and Fabio Bueno.
Week 3′s winners are: Leanne Shirtliffe, Gloria Richard and Kate Wood.
Week 4′s winners are: Elena Aitken, Stacy Green and Suzan Isik.
Sorry it took me so long to get these winners up – I was a bit sickly this week. Congrats to all the winners!! Stay tuned tomorrow for juicy details on Round 2 of the Dirty Fighting Contest.