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5 Things Bloggers Can Learn From the Career of Michael Jackson

For the first time since his death, I was finally able to sit down and view the last taping of Michael Jackson’s life via the come-back concert, “This is It”.
I was a big fan, and the thought of this loss was too great to pack the theaters with his “groupies” when it was first released.

I’m glad I did.
After viewing this 2-hour film, one thing is for certain.
Love him or hate him, Michael Jackson leaves an indelible mark on pop culture.
He had presence. He inspired millions.
And it was obvious to see in his work that here was a man of passion that enjoyed bringing joy to his fans and followers all over the world.
Today’s blogger should take note.
In fact, there are many lessons to be learned from his career. Today I’ll capture the most important ones.

1. He had universal appeal. It was truly awesome to see people of all different races, regions, religions and backgrounds chanting his name, “Michael, Michael”! Some could barely speak English. But he spoke a universal language with his smile and his smooth dance moves. Today’s bloggers can have the same universal appeal across the Net by using anecdotes and experiences that tap into common emotions felt by everyone like laughter, love, and hope.
2. He danced to his own tune! Michael was an original man. From his moonwalk, to his sequined glove, to his lyrics, he was the “real deal”.
In your blogging efforts, you should be too.
3. He worked hard, but he had fun along the way. Whether it was teasing with his band members, or giving an interview, he was careful not to always take himself too seriously.
4. He was unselfish. He embraced others in the entertainment community by doing collaborative projects, by giving concerts to raise awareness of certain important social causes, by donating millions to charity, and he even mentored to others. Bloggers can emulate this by sharing knowledge and working together to enhance the blogging community as a whole.
5. He was dynamic! And you can be too. Use active words instead of passive. Choose colorful expressions when the situation allows. Capture your reader’s attention without holding them captive. Write with eloquence. And most of all remember that practice makes perfect!

In the words of Michael, “Don’t stop til you get enough!”

Your turn. Do you agree or disagree with these tips for today’s bloggers?

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  1. Karl Hadwen ) says: 6/17/2010

    Quiet a strange, yet inspiration post at the same time. It’s nice to see different types of posts though. It seems a well written post, thanks for the quality content.

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    • Jennifer Brown Banks ) says: 6/17/2010

      Karl,

      Thanks. I think. :-)
      I appreciate your feedback. I rather enjoy sometimes taking an “unconventional approach” to blogging. It provides for variety and diversity of thought. Glad you view it as “quality”.

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    • Ziarre ) says: 7/19/2011

      I thought finding this would be so arduous but it’s a berzee!

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  2. Steve ) says: 6/18/2010

    Hi Jen:

    Good post. We were juts talking about Michael Jackson the other night, with regard to how he IS one of the many in the music industry that is legendary.

    And yes, all points about well taken. Each point lends itself to credible AND improvement as a blogger, and should be used as a benchmark to measure past blogging efforts and improving with the next one.

    Steve

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    • Jennifer Brown Banks ) says: 6/19/2010

      Hi Steve,

      Thanks for your thoughts today. Michael was magical. :-)

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  3. Caitlin says: 6/19/2010

    Jennifer,
    Thanks for the blog, Michael is & always will be a legend.
    I will be sure to keep all of this in mind when in the process of creating my new blog. :)

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  4. Jennifer Brown Banks ) says: 6/19/2010

    Caitlin,

    I appreciate the feedback. Michael was a role model to many in many ways. Good luck in your blogging pursuits.

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    • Caitlin says: 6/19/2010

      No problem, Jennifer, and thank you. (:
      I’ve always thought of him as a musical role model, it’s interesting to see your perspective, and that He’s a role model in other ways as well, such as blogging.

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      • Jennifer Brown Banks ) says: 6/20/2010

        Caitlin,

        I think that any artist that establishes a reputation for execllence is inclined to be a role model–whether intentional or not. Thanks again…

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  5. Marcie Hill ) says: 6/23/2010

    I agree with all of the tips, but being unselfish stood out for me. You have to be willing to give of yourself and your knowledge with other bloggers and audiences. To do so is scary, but all who encounter your work will appreciate it.

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    • Jennifer Brown Banks ) says: 6/23/2010

      Marcie,

      This is so true. I like to call it “Blogging Karma”. :-) Thanks for stopping by and weighing in.

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  6. Viral ) says: 7/8/2010

    hey jenifer.i totally agree to all points.nicely written .michael jackson rockkkss..

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    • Jennifer Brown Banks ) says: 7/8/2010

      Viral,

      Thanks so much for the “high-five” on Michael Jackson. It’s good to see you here today. ;-)

      Reply

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