I blog for a number of reasons. The primary reason, however, is to create interesting and engaging conversations with the hope that those conversations turn into long-lasting relationships. And, of course, some of those relationships will turn into business opportunities. But I’m not blogging first and foremost for business. I’m truly blogging for the conversation.
Just a couple of days ago I asked the question are you the whole or just part of the whole? That lead to a very interesting conversation around whether we look at ourselves as whole beings or beings made up of parts. I’ll let you read and add to the conversation, if you like.
So when I was considering Darren Rowse’s lastest Writing Project, I wanted to write something that tied into that conversation. Yeah, sure, I could write the standard, top 5 blogging tips list. But that’s boring, really.
Instead, what I’ve done is gathered 5 of favorite quotations and relate them to blogging. Each of these five inspire me in different ways. And while there are thousands of quotes I’ve read (and collected), these are the most interesting ones I could think of.
- The drops of rain make a hole in the stone not by violence but by oft falling. -Lucretius
Conversational blogging is not a sprint to happy high lands of massive traffic, huge link backs and Alexa rankings. It’s a marathon of touching one person at a time with something that’s meaningful to their lives.
- It is every man's obligation to put back into the world at least the equivalent of what he takes out of it. -Albert Einstein
At the very least, a conversational blogger gives as much (s)he receives. And if (s)he can give more, it’s all the better.
- Grant that we may not so much seek to be understood as to understand. -St. Francis of Assisi
The conversational blogger doesn’t see his/her self as the expert that everyone should be learning from. Rather, they see themselves as students more than teachers – always being open to learning from what others have to share.
- Once harm has been done, even a fool understands it. -Homer
The conversational blogger is careful with his/her words because (s)he does not wish harm to anyone. They may have strong opinions, but they never make it personal or hurtful to others.
- Talent develops itself in solitude; character in the stream of life. –Johann Wolfgang von Goethe
Conversational bloggers are in a constant cycle of learning, growing, changing and integrating. Their work is when the keyboard is silent. And, the fruits of their work are shown in how they interact with others.
Okay, I can’t stop. So how about
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- To attain knowledge, add things every day. To attain wisdom, remove things every day. -Lao Tzu
As conversational bloggers, we can learn to fill our selves every day with more knowledge about how to blog, how to drive traffic, how to get more links. What get, then is that – knowledge. But wisdom, and great conversation, comes from stripping it all down to just the conversation. Share, give, link and the rest takes care of itself.
- To dare is to lose one's footing momentarily. Not to dare is to lose oneself. -Soren Kierkegaard
The conversational blogger stretches his/her self with their blog. Since they don’t have to be the expert, there’s room for them to slip into risks without unknown outcomes. This can become exciting and engaging conversation, without which we’re not authentic.
- What do I think about when I strike out? I think about hitting home runs. -Babe Ruth
One of my favorite all-time quotes. With your blog, swing for the fences. Just know that sometimes you’ll miss. So don’t let striking out get you down. Think about the sweet feeling when you connect and the ball goes sailing over the wall.
So, there it is…
five eight inspirational quotes that tie directly into better conversational blogging.
- 5 Back-to-Basics Strategies For Renewing Your Energy by Ririan
- Top 5 Top Blog Posts in SEO by Michael Jensen
- Top 5 Steps to Redirect Traffic from Your Old Site to a New One by Friedbeef
- Top 5 Tools Every Blogger Should Use by Scott
- If Only I Could Read Just 5 Blogs! by Jonathan-C. Phillips
- Top 5 Ways To Stop Being a Perfectionist by Krista
- Top 5 Easy Ways to Create Information Products by Gobala Krishnan
- Top 5 Things Moms Should Keep in the Family Minivan by Neena
- Blogging Networks: Top 5 Pros and Cons by Singhania
- My Top Five Motivational Quotes by Dave Das (hey, like me)
- Top 5 Free Ways to “Start” Generating Traffic to Your Blog by Ankesh Kothari
- Top 5 Tips for Beating Blogger's Block by Joanna Young
- The top 5 reasons RSS is so great by Allan
- The Top 5 Strangest Things I've Learned While Blogging by Robert Hruzek
- 5 best places to go while visiting Acadia National Park by Norman Sargent (filed for later)
- Do You Know These 5 Easy Ways of Making Online Friends? by kayliz
- Building A Blog Community by Shelly Kneupper Tucker
- Top 5 Ways To Identify a Bad Listener by Derick
- 5 things I wish all bloggers did by Zieak
And please visit some of my friends who I know have participated:
- Self Improvement Strategy: Top 5 Reasons to put a STOP to Top 5 Lists! by Aaron Potts
- My Top 5 Successful Bloggers Who Made a Difference by Liz Strauss
- Top 5 Reasons GPS Tracking Makes sense by Dave Starr
- 5 Mistakes Made by Beginning Programmers by Brandon Wood
- Top 5 WordPress Plugins That Help Increase Comments by JohnTP
- The Top 5 Free Search Engine Optimization Tools by Wendy Piersall
What are your favorite inspirational quotes – whether they relate to blogging or not?