…because you look like an ass when you do that.
I was thinking about this, yesterday, over coffee. And I realized I couldn’t write with tact or diplomacy on something that had me thinking phrases like, “you stupid, pretentious poseur.” I didn’t want to infuse that kind of negativity into the blog. But then, talking with my friend Abhi Balani last night, I started to see the humor in it. See, he’s joined another blogging contest, and his entry, “Blogging Concepts I Never Understand,” is a much more delicately tactful way of saying many of the things that were bubbling around in my brain, yesterday.
Now, Abhi is a hard-working, unpaid intern living far from home. And like most hard-working, unpaid interns living far from home, he doesn’t like asking his parents for more money. As a parent, I find his desire to live independently quite laudable, and I think he deserves a night on the town. So, let’s help him win this thing, eh? You know the drill – read Abhi’s post, comment on it (lots!), do the button dance (wildly and often!). Share. Encourage your friends to join in the button dance. PARTY ON THE BLOG!
But seriously, I asked Abhi if he’d been reading my mind, yesterday – he tapped into all the major themes I wanted to rant about, but managed to sound like he truly didn’t want to hurt anyone’s feelings. Of course, I didn’t, either – which is why I didn’t write about these topics at all. It’s much more fun to comment on them and promote a friend’s efforts to take Brian Belfitt’s cash! 🙂
Abhi has called out a few practices that bloggers seem to think are effective, but really just make them look ridiculous and erode their credibility. Like the solo entrepreneur who says, “Contact us.” Who is this “we,” Pardner? Are we the Queen of England, now? Or using the tired phrase, “killer content.” I think it’s high time we resurrect “paradigm shift,” personally. It’s got that retro 80s feel to it, now – and everything old is new again, right?
Abhi even included a link to my writing tips on his own blog. Sweet!
My personal pet peeve, though – well, I didn’t notice Abhi was getting to that when I laughingly said to him, “I get all these stupid invitations to connect on LinkedIN – I swear to God, no offense, but when the picture is of a 17 year old blogger who calls himself “CEO” or “Founder” of anything, I want to punch him in the throat. In the most loving, maternal way, of course. Pretentious poseurs.”
And then I went to share his post on LinkedIN, and noticed Abhi still had the “CEO and Founder of OddBlogger.com” title on his profile. We had a good laugh over that, and I make no apologies for confessing to wanting to punch him in the throat. Lovingly, of course.
We all make mistakes. That’s why maybe this blog post is one bloggers ought to read and pay heed to. Because I think the era of “fake it till you make it” is done; let’s all start admitting that we don’t have all the answers, and we’re all learning life as we go. Credibility matters.
Oh, I know I keep threatening to go over to The Dark Side, every time I see how easily people are suckered in by some stupid urban legend. It’s tempting – very tempting – as a fiction writer to see if I could create viral content in the satiric style of The Onion and time how long it takes to get picked up by the mainstream media. But in life and in business, honesty still matters. So read Abhi’s post and don’t be a Bullsh** Blogger. (And fix your LinkedIN profile. And don’t try to connect with me if you haven’t read all the way to the bottom of mine, where I talk about spam and pineapples.)
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