17 June 2009

You Must Be This High To Ride This Blog

The editorial team here at Pigs Don't Fly have been having some serious discussions of late. So serious in fact, one member stated they "could no longer work in such an environment" and as such resigned from the writing team. Another is currently sitting in an emergency ward after one conversation turned physical.

I've been thinking a lot about this blog lately, especially regarding the topic of content, being a joker, sensationalism and starting fires. So I'm sorry peeps if I've been blogging about blogging on this blog a lot lately, but unfortunately there's still a few posts left to write.

I haven't written about my blogging hero in a while, Seth Godin. But in one of his latest posts he suggests doing what you want and what you're passionate about, even if it's at the cost of your audience. I love this concept of "Who?", not "How many?". With that said, I realise some of this controversy does brings in big numbers, but I also realise I'm losing some in the process.

So based on that, let's get something clear; this is my blog. Therefore it goes by my rules. If I want to rant, write a disgustingly rude letter to your brand, be an asshole to you or drop the f bomb; I can. This is my wonderland to express my opinion, and if you don't like it then too bad. This is the internet, I'm sure there's something out there for you to read. Although I must admit I do secretly love when people abusively comment at me. A post on this topic coming soon.

Sometimes I honestly don't want to add value to a conversation. Why can't I just write something for the sake of it? I think I've slowly realised that as I get more passionate about my writing, one of the things I want readers of this blog to get out of it is entertainment. Yes, I would love to be pumping out thought provoking content all the time, but I can't consistently do that. I want my readers to love reading this blog and sometimes that means having fun with what I write and how I write it.

Don't get me wrong, which I know most of you will. I still want credibility and I still want to start conversations and participate in them. But I think sometimes people need to realise there's entertainment behind this content as well which isn't always conversation starting, but fire starting.

3 comments:

  1. It's an interesting post. I guess entertainment means different things to different people. (there's the Brady Bunch and then there's Family Guy). Also, self-editting is a consideration as well I suppose, I probably self-edit way too much, to the detriment of any "entertainment" my posts could ever provide - but dropping f bombs in the pub is probably okay, but would you do it in front of your CEO?

    I dunno, presenting multi-facetedness (if that's even a word) is always tricky, because, well, there are different sides to present...

    Keep writing.

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  2. haha you sound like the Chaser man. At least your anger has a point, though, eh. How funny is 'eh', but it works.

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  3. yep this is your blog, rant all you want. But you've mentioned here, and in marketing mag, that this blog is also your resume.

    You don't have to change what you're doing necessarily but remember that unlike a word or pdf document that can be easily changed, this is pretty much permenant.

    Look you'll probably do fine when you're done with Uni and as MaestroJ said, f bombs in a pub are prob okay - but even then there's a time and place.

    Maybe consider before you lose it at an editor/ceo/company here, ranting and swearing, what it might mean for your career in the future - you never know where you'll end up/where you'll want to end up.

    Just some thoughts anyway...

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