Friday, November 20, 2009

The Blogger's Six-Pack

Blogging is like exercise. Commitment is key.

I've gotten a little soft around the middle of late and like the lax athlete have a plethora of excuses why I haven't been here exercising. Too busy. Work is crazy. Have to go in early. Have to cook dinner. Kids need a mommy. The Office is on. Have to find a lost kitten. Gold shares are down. You know the typical stuff. All important, but so are my abs...er, my writing.

I'm a voracious reader of blogs -- it sometimes feels a bit like lurking, when I'm reading and not writing. I feel a bit dirty. Like I'm taking something -- intellectual property from someone and using it to grow my thinking, but not giving anything back. It's selfish (damn Catholic upbringing). And I marvel at how fit these bloggers are. You should see their six-packs. Christ. I mean, "goodness" (damn Catholic upbringing). The Jack LaLannes of blogging in my sphere are clearly Edward Boches, William (Billy) Meakim, Seth Simonds, Chris Brogan, Jenny Lawson and Stuart Foster. They're committed to the plan. I think they actually even like it -- exercising everyday. And if they miss a day they're back in there harder than ever. Workin' it out. And it's them writing, not a collection of guest bloggers. I mean, I could do that, line up a series of guest bloggers to write for me. They'd be 365 days deep, standing there in their Nikes and spandex ready to get to it, to sweat it out for me. But at the end of the day, I'd still feel fat.

I need a plan and a trainer. I need the equivalent of Jillian from the Biggest Loser, someone who will scream at me when I'm being lazy and make me carry them across the gym. Any takers? In the meantime, here's the course of action for getting the blogger's six-pack:
  1. Do it in the morning. Writing in the morning will ensure it gets done before anything else gets in the way. And you'll feel great all day. Plus it doesn't interrupt with Prime Time TV. Perfect.
  2. Have a plan. Put together in writing the topics to cover for the week, even the month. Jillian will be so proud.
  3. Drink lots of water. By drinking water, you'll ensure you won't be too caffeinated (sorry, Seth Simonds) or too drunk to write.
  4. Create a community of support. Having other bloggers around to emulate and act as inspiration will keep the plan on track. Working out with a friend always helps.
  5. Set goals and celebrate achievements. Little mini hurdles will add up to big-time results. Be certain to treat yourself with a blog-reading or two for every blog post put in, I know I will.

So I'm making the commitment. Everyday. Except for maybe when The Office is on or I need to go to church. Jesus, here we go again. Crunch one, two, three...

Photo: NNDB

Saturday, November 14, 2009

Suspended Reality

There’s a moment in the creative process when everything stops.  The image of the scene hangs breathlessly in the air.  It calls out “look at me, this is it, what you need to see.”  It’s the moment of creative actualization. 

It’s what I live for.

Despite lusting after that moment, I’ve often thought it a bit odd when it happens.  I’ve even closeted the experience.  Telling you, really, for the first time.  I’m hoping there are others like me.  Or maybe I’m just suffering from some form of advertising-industry induced hallucinations.  And not the kind I used to experience in my Chelsea days in the early 90s – that’s another post.

It feels similar to when you’re in a plane hanging above the Earth.  When the movement seems to stop and the rippling water below is quiet and still.

Everything clears.  It’s just the idea.  Standing there in solitude. A creative Polaroid.

It’s resulted in some pretty killer campaigns, so despite my possible mental illness, I’ll go on inviting suspended reality. 

 

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