Hey so check it out. Welcome to the new skorinc.us/brodyharper.com. Doesn’t it look professional? Randy and Jordan worked a long time on this one. Mostly because I was procrastinating on things, but I think they knocked it out of the park.
A couple things I really like about this new site is the photos section. I love the gallery thing with the popup windows. Can you tell I’m super technical when it comes to those things.
Anyway, take a look around, let me know what you think. Let me know if there are any errors you find. Have a great weekend.
I saw on Twitter the other day a guy laying into MercyMe because he thought that the “theme” of their new song had been over done. Apparently ‘Worship and Love’ is so 2009. He went on to berate the guys publicly for a while and then I saw it. The Tweet that I had been waiting for. It went something like this: “Am I the only one on Twitter who tells it like it is?” then he went on to say how everyone else was weak and he was awesome or something like that. Funny thing is, the guys in MercyMe dealt with it graciously and he ended up apologizing a couple days later. But I thought he was just ‘telling it like it is’?
Now, that’s not even remotely the only instance where I’ve heard someone proclaim on Twitter, Facebook or blogs that they are “just being honest”. It seems that we are all allowed to ‘just be honest’ whenever we want even if that means that we come back a day later and apologize because we realized our ‘honesty’ may have been inappropriate at that time or place. You’ve seen it too haven’t you? Someone spouting off from their soapbox that is Twitter or Blog and tag it with “I’m just being honest here”. Then there’s a whole bunch of comments about how “authentic” they are, or how “real” they are being. Meanwhile the destruction in their wake leaves people feeling beat up and hurt.
I think if we’re really being ‘honest’ the posts would look a little more like this:
I’m an insecure person. Technology has allowed me to have a platform to a handful of people who agree with my views and opinions on certain things. Because I have this circle of people digitally surrounding me I feel safe to lash out at people I’ve never met because I know that a good percentage of ‘my people’ will agree with me.
Because of this digital expression I have also found a small niche of things that I have thought about maybe a little more than others, and can now claim to be an expert on it, thus giving me the right to berate people who feel differently or haven’t thought about it as much as me. After all ‘my people’ will agree with me right? And if they don’t “I’m just being honest and, they apparently just can’t handle my honesty. That’s not my fault. It’s theirs.
Never mind that we are called to love each other, this is an expression of ‘me’ and if you don’t like it, that’s just too bad. Jesus never had a blog or Twitter, so there’s no rules on what can or can’t be done there. It’s fair game blanketed by ‘honesty’, and the way I am ‘honest’ makes me feel better about myself as a person. In fact, when I attack people digitally I walk a little straighter that day because I ‘stuck it to someone else’ and proved to my readers how much I know about my niche topic. It makes me feel good about myself and that’s really what I’m after. That’s what we are all after when it comes down to it.
I know that I’m supposed to put others before me, but I try not to let that affect the way I Tweet or blog because sitting in my room it’s really about me and what makes me feel good. And that’s just me being honest.
Recently I’ve noticed more and more ‘Step-By-Step’ blog posts popping up and I thought I’d jump in the game. It seems that everyone has five, eight or ten steps to becoming better at something. Little tidbits of advice that help you advance as a person. But what about the steps to reading these blog posts? How can anyone expect to advance as a person if there aren’t clear steps defining how to read these ‘Step-By-Step’ posts. That’s where I come in.
1: Obtain A Computer: Computers are your gateway to the Internet where these ‘Step-By-Step” blogs are located. More recently the advances of “Smart Phones” has also enabled the Internet to be accessed ‘on the go’, but your best and most reliable way to access the Internet is through a desktop or laptop computer. These devices can be purchased at several technology retail stores such as Best Buy, Apple Stores, ect. Computers accessing the Internet are also available at Libraries, and most friends houses.
2: Locate The Power Button: There are times when computers have tricky power buttons. Sometimes they are located at the top of computers. Sometimes the side. Many times computers will come with a manual of some sort explaining exactly where said Power Button is located. Once this step is mastered proceed directly to step 2a as to not lose valuable time. (2a:) Press The Power Button: This step is integral for Internet browsing and ‘Step-By-Step’ blog reading and allows for countless hours of other actions found within the computer device. Typically Power Buttons will illuminate when pressed however, allow for some time for the computer to ‘Boot-up’ before taking any further steps. Grab some coffee and mentally prepare for step 3.
3: Access Wireless or Wired Internet Network: This step can be tricky. There are several Internet providers out there depending on where you live, what plan you want to pay for. Typically a technician will be sent to your home or office to “connect” the network and give you some pointers.
4: Locate Internet Browser: There are several different Internet Browsers available depending on your preference. Also, depending on what computer you have obtained (See Step 1) a pre-set Internet Browser will be already installed for your Internet browsing. I recommend downloading Firefox or (if you are using a Mac computer) using Safari. Almost never would I recommend using a browser like Internet Explorer, but there are times when that is the only browser available.
5: Locate And Read Step-By-Step Blogs: This step is really the finish line. You’ve made it! Once a couple of ‘Step-By-Step’ blogs are located you are more than likely going to stumble on to more. They are everywhere. Click around using your computer’s provided mouse and instantly feel yourself growing as a person. There’s really no end to your growth at this point. See with the Internet and blogging there are endless avenues for offering your own recommendations on how other people should live their lives and now you are part of this amazing community.
There it is folks. Five simple steps to reading ‘Step-By-Step’ blog posts. I hope you find this post enjoyable and resourceful. Stay tuned next week when I address 12 steps to starting your car.
Typically I’m a negative person. It’s easy for me to notice the negative things in life, the negative things people and the negative things in myself. It’s hard for me to not want to call people out on things that I believe are wrong especially in this blogging age where everyone has a soapbox. Everyone can blast anyone they want and I can too. In fact I almost did yesterday. I almost wrote a post about a Twitter that was flying around and everyone was praising…. and it was wrong. It was a slam on people in a “Christian light” and I completely disagreed with it. And I wanted to blast it. I wanted to hop on here and give “my side”. But I didn’t. Mostly because Kristin wouldn’t let me, but she was right.
I started thinking about it more. I started thinking about what I wanted this blog to represent. I started thinking about the way that I wanted my blog to be “categorized” as. Did I want it to be a place where all I did was prove to people how right I was? How awesome I was because I disagreed with other Christians? How I could sit in my office and spout off anything “controversial” and hope that someone popular would ‘Re-Tweet’ me or something? Or did I want my blog to be something that you could come to and, God forbid, actually enjoy? Something positive? Something that is there to encourage people, lift people up and actually edify?
Remember when we started Positive Post Tuesday? That seemed cool. There’s still some folks doing that and I love it. I wish there could be more of that. That started because I was tired of negative garbage that fills up Christian blogs where all we want to do is tear down people so we look awesome, or like we know more than someone else. Is anyone else tired of that crap?
So, anyway, all that to say, I hope this blog is something that, if nothing else, represents positivity. Is that a word Positivity? And I’d like that for my life too. Years from now when our grandkids are making fun of us for “blogging” I want a positive spirit to still be something that I am associated with. Now, does that mean that there won’t be times that I disagree with something? No. Does that mean that every post that I write on here will be flowery and shallow? I hope not. But I think you can address things that you might disagree with in a positive way. And I hope to be able to do that.
So here’s my question to you. What’s your blog about? What do you want it to be about. Let’s say there’s a “Legacy” that your online life can leave. What do you want it to be?
Blogging is a weird thing. And it’s become an even weirder thing the more ‘popular’ it’s gotten. We all have a platform to ‘preach’ whatever it is we believe, sell whatever it is we are selling, condemn whatever we are condemning and promote whatever it is we are promoting. We kick and scratch our way to readership and then spend our time telling those readers how great we are for getting them to read what we write. Seems weird doesn’t it?
Then there are the exceptions. The blogs that don’t follow the unwritten rule of self-promotion. The one’s that don’t seem to really ‘promote’ themselves at all, yet still have a massive readership. Now, I know that there are plenty of massive blogs out there, but I’d like to focus on three familiar ones that really got me thinking about this today.
First up is Mr. Michael Hyatt. Now I don’t know Michael, in fact, I’m not even sure if he would appreciate me calling him Michael, instead of Mr. Hyatt or something, but he seems like a pretty cool guy based on his blogging. Today he wrote about “What keeps you going when you want to quit”. Something we all deal with I’m sure. But it wasn’t this post specifically that got me thinking more about Michael’s blog, but it was a starting point. What it got me thinking about was his content in general. You know, I don’t know if I have once seen Michael Hyatt shamelessly promote himself, or preach his greatness to the masses. I don’t think I’ve ever seen him talk about how popular his blog is, how many Twitter followers he has, or anything like that. It almost seems like he allows his content to speak for itself and readers show up.
Boomama is another blogger that I have never seen type how great she is, or how many readers she has, or how popular she is on the world wide web. It’s almost like she doesn’t need to convince anyone or something. Seems like she spends her time actually blogging rather than convincing her readers that they made the right decision by reading her blog. An appropriate phrase would go something like this… ‘The proof is in the puddin’. Again, good content without the shameless “look at me” tactics.
Lastly is a blogger that we all know. Mr. Seth Godin. Now, I know that everyone knows that Seth Godin is a popular blogger and he’s at the top of the social media food chain and all that, but here’s the thing. Not once, have I seen Seth Godin mention his readership, his pageviews, his Twitter followers, his “milestones” or anything like that. He’s not walking around saying “Go ahead, Google the word “blog” and see what’s one of the first personal blogs to comes up.” It’s always about the content. And I think people respect that. I respect that.
It’s tough though. It’s tough to not get caught up in the numbers game. It’s hard to see someone with thousands of readers and not compare yourself with them. And on the flip side of that, it’s easy to find the flaws in others tactics of getting those numbers, keeping you right in the middle of the numbers game rather than focussing on content. Seems as though the proof really is in the pudding and these three very successful bloggers