Annoying Sports Cliches Applied to Blogging
Anyone who watches sports on a regular basis is familiar with athletes spouting out generic cliches, making for a boring (but safe) sound byte for the evening news.
“Weâ€™re taking it one game at a time.â€
When you blog, you want to blog like a Buddhist; youâ€™re not worried about yesterday or looking ahead – you are living in the present. Old posts and new posts should not be on your mind when you write todayâ€™s post.
WHY ITâ€™S TRUE: What have you done for me lately?
WHY ITâ€™S FALSE: Yesterdayâ€™s posts teach you lessons for today. They also give you links to include.
â€œItâ€™s all about the team.â€
For the most part, bloggers are soloists – one-person machines creating compelling content and getting people to view it. Success rests squarely on your shoulders; most bloggers wouldnâ€™t want it any other way.
WHY ITâ€™S TRUE: Ideas, proofreading and feedback are all components of success – and they all come from your â€œteam.â€
WHY ITâ€™S FALSE: Individuals are responsible for success, but no one likes to admit it. Especially bosses, who would be forced to pay people more.
â€œGod was on our side.â€
This is not a discussion on whether or not youâ€™re a believer, but if a higher being cares about something as inconsequential as your blog. Thatâ€™s the same God who is tired of being thanks when actors win awards.
WHY ITâ€™S TRUE: If you believe, you believe all the way, from big miracles to small victories.
WHY ITâ€™S FALSE: Wars, famine and death – and God has time for your blog?
â€œThey wanted it more.â€
You canâ€™t put a price on hunger. However there have been many occasions where I have seen skill, strength and talent trounce on passion.
WHY ITâ€™S TRUE: Have you ever watched a boxing match? Heart wins.
WHY ITâ€™S FALSE: Wanting something isnâ€™t enough; usually the biggest marketing budget wins.
When applied to blogging, which of the annoying sports cliches above do you think hold true?