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Apr3

If you will notice, the last blog entry was last year… Yes, about 10 months ago, I decided to grace the Internet with my latest branding advice, thinking it was just the beginning of a furious tempest of masterful blogging. Twitter has been equally vacant. What’s the problem with a guy that claims to be passionate about the social web and doesn’t blog? #fail

Admittedly, it has been a very full 10 months with some very cool projects. That’s not the point, though. The point is that if you don’t practice what you preach, no one will listen to you (hopefully, that’s not self-fulfilling). No one wants self-proclaimed experts that only pull out their marketing mojo when it suits them. People listen to those who are doing what they are offering advice on.

So, maybe this short sermon applies to you… maybe not. Maybe it’s more of a public wake up call to myself. Get out of the land of foggy code and insert yourself into the conversation, wherever it may be happening.

To be continued…

4 Comments

  • Comment by Eric — April 4, 2012 @ 6:44 am

    looking forward to it :D

  • Comment by Josh Davis — April 4, 2012 @ 8:35 am

    I find it hard to be a consistent blogger.

    For me, it’s not that I don’t have a perspective to share. I feel this mix of fear and ambivalence when I go to post a new blog. I guess my sense it that either what I want to share has already been shared (and I should just reference someone else’s thoughts), or even more crippling, what I want to share is incomplete. Instead of letting the conversation bloom, I want to have the answers before I post.

    It feels like, for me, practicing what I preach requires me to be comfortable with ambiguity and half-thoughts, to be completed in the conversation itself.

    I’m interested to hear what you think are your barriers to engaging/blogging with your audience? Is it busyness or is there some other reason?

    Thanks!
    Josh

  • Comment by Peter Stern — April 4, 2012 @ 3:29 pm

    Josh: for me, it’s letting busyness be an excuse for not being disciplined about writing. I don’t hesitate to publish what I have written, but it’s taking time away from the bottom line to do it. It really is all about the conversation and investing time into it, both to learn and to build friendships.

    As far as having something finished to say, I don’t think I’ve read something written by a fallible human being that was “finished.” I think the old way of thinking said publication authenticated something into “finished” status, even though that “finished” book came out with 4 revised editions. Nothing is complete, but there is extraordinary value in sharing and reading the “unfinished.”

    Maybe that should be a post on postmoderner.com. Hah!

  • Comment by Josh Davis — April 5, 2012 @ 2:55 pm

    That’s a good point.

    It makes me think of a traditional growth “S-curve.” You never want to the end of the curve. Before it flattens at the top, it’s important to allow something new to grow out of it (renewal). Maybe you’re right; “Finished” is extraordinary, and “Unfinished” is perfectly normal.

    Would love to see this on postmoderner.com :)

    Sliante’ my friend!

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