4 Things Todayâ€™s Bloggers Can Learn From American Idol!
As they say, confession is good for the soul. Right?
So, here it goesâ€¦
Other than Keanu Reeves, Jazz music, herbal tea, and your â€œgarden varietyâ€ 50% off sale, there are few things that Iâ€™m fonder of than American Idol.
Now that may seem trivial to some of you, nonetheless, Iâ€™ve said it.
So who the heck cares, and why am I sharing this with you?
To adequately prepare you.
With a few weeks left before the end of this season, Iâ€™m totally geeked!
Which loosely translated means; youâ€™re almost sure to find sporadic references here and there hidden amidst future blog posts. Youâ€™ve been forewarned.
But, before you dismiss this chick with a mouse button click, allow me to make a relevant point. Read on…
Aside from its entertainment value, there are many useful lessons on this weekly â€œrealityâ€ show that provide a reality check for todayâ€™s blogger.
Here are four that I gleaned from last weekâ€™s show.
Commitment Is Crucial
Be in it to win it! To be honest, there are times when I really, really love this blogging thing. I bounce out of bed early in the a.m. with good intentions and high hopes. I dig the vibe from visitors and itâ€™s all good. There are other days when thereâ€™s very little â€œonline love,â€ folks donâ€™t get where Iâ€™m coming from, my computer is acting crappy, and Iâ€™m sure Iâ€™d have more success at the circus!
On those days Iâ€™d much rather be at the local coffee shop checking out the cute guys and stuffing my face with chocolate donuts.
But if I gave it up, Iâ€™d miss it. Besides, nobody wants to be in a relationship with someone who has one foot outside the door. Right? Iâ€™m better than that.
Consistency Is a Cardinal Rule
Iâ€™ve learned from experience and exposure that random posts here and there whenever the mood suits you, or brief interaction is not a way to build a strong blog following. And you will too. In fact, this is one of the main criticisms expressed by the judges of the contestants on American Idol.
In other words, you canâ€™t be a â€œone-hit-wonderâ€ and sustain true success in the entertainment world or in the blogosphere.
Connecting with Your â€œAudienceâ€ Enhances Your Popularity
On more than one occasion, in my years of viewing the Idol, Iâ€™ve witnessed great, hugely talented contestants get the heave-ho because viewers thought that they were safe and didnâ€™t call in to vote for them. Itâ€™s a harsh reality of life, but sometimes itâ€™s not how you â€œperformâ€ but whoâ€™s recognizing you. Perhaps youâ€™ve witnessed it too. Blog posts that are not necessarily the best in terms of quality go â€œviralâ€ because social media strategies have worked in their favor. Writers who tap into Twitter and are more â€œsocialâ€ than the rest of us, reign supreme in the blogosphere!
Community Makes Us All Winners
Even though the Idol show is a competition, itâ€™s not hard to see the support and camaraderie of the contestants.
As artists who share the same goals and the same experiences, thereâ€™s an undeniable bond. Itâ€™s not unusual to see contestants cry when someone is voted off, even though it means theyâ€™re closer to reaching their goal. As bloggers, the same holds true. We all want to be the best. We all want to win friends and influence people. But in the midst of the â€œcompetitionâ€ let us not forget that weâ€™re a community made stronger and wiser by each personâ€™s contributions, style, and unique perspective. Letâ€™s embrace it.
And oh yeahâ€¦
Vote for me! Leave a comment.
Now you have the â€œmicâ€.
What lessons do you think can be gleaned from this weekly competition as is relates to blogging? Do tell.
Photo credit: Yvonne in Willowick, Ohio.