Yeah, Baby! Groovy! The title of this post reminds me of something Austin Powers would say. Just in case you don’t know, Austin Powers is a character played by Mike Meyers in a series of movies that parody the James Bond movies.
His character is a psychedelic 60s stereotype who is obsessed with sex (or shagging as he puts it) as a swinging British bachelor complete with gnarly teeth. I’m not sure there is a single scene in the movies where he does not make some comment or innuendo about the subject.
Despite his constant preoccupation and obsession about the subject, you quickly come to the conclusion that he knows nothing about what it means to be a real lover.
So why am I talking about Austin Powers? Well, it strikes me that I see him everyday on blogs I visit, tweets that I read, and on status updates.
Are You Blinded by Your Passion?
Passion is a necessary ingredient in a successful blog. If you don’t have passion about your topic it will eventually shine through in your writing despite how talented you may be.
Sometimes though, I think we can have too much passion for our blogs. We spend so much time as bloggers growing and promoting our blogs that it’s hard to take a step back and look objectively at the blogosphere or even the real world.
Before we know it we become that guy at the kid’s birthday party who is trying to sell everyone his latest MLM product. Our tweets, our comments, our status updates are nothing more than yet another self-promotion.
Where is Your Passion Directed?
Don’t misunderstand. There is a certain degree of self-promotion necessary for your blog to succeed. This is quite different than be self-obsessed though.
What is your passion about? Is it your blog or about the topic on which you’re blogging? The next time you are about to tweet, post, or comment ask yourself:
- Am I adding real value to this topic?
- Who will benefit from what I am writing?
- If this didn’t link back to my blog would I still write it?
- Would I want to read this if someone else wrote it?
Honestly, it’s hard sometimes to answer these questions without coming to the conclusion that there’s at least a bit of self-promotion involved.
Becoming a Passionate Lover
They say that the first step in recovery is acceptance or acknowledgment of the problem. Don’t worry. You’re not alone. We have all been there at one point or another.
Being a passionate lover doesn’t mean that you don’t receive anything in return because you always will. The difference is that what you receive when your passion is directed at your topic and helping others who are talking about your topic is so much greater than what you get when it’s all about you and your blog.
Write great posts on your blog, then go and write great comments and promote other bloggers who are passionate about your topic. Learn to give away what you want most in return without ever expecting it back.
Now that’s what I call a passionate lover. Is that you? Share your experience with us.