If you’ve been blogging for at least a few months, you’ve probably noticed by now that most of your success as a blogger comes from being able to sit down and punch those damn keys.
That is it.
Writing blog posts, editing them, selecting images, pitching guest posts, answering comments, and all the other tasks that require you to punch some keys on a keyboard or tap your fingers on a touchscreen.
And this thing does not change. In fact, the most successful bloggers just want it a bit more than just about everyone else, so they put a bit more time and effort into punching the damn keys.
But there’s another element to your success that you may have be neglecting with all that work and focus.
Every once in awhile, you might consider stepping out of the house and doing your best to find another human being.
I know this is a bizarre, arcane practice, but bear with me.
Before social networks were cool
Have you ever noticed that you’re not sure what a post is going to be about until you start writing it? One idea after another, and next thing you know, it’s gone in whatever direction naturally follows.
Believe it or not, you can actually replicate this phenomenon by physically locating yourself in close proximity to another person, with each of you taking turns speaking. This is called a conversation.
I know, you know all about conversation already. It’s answering blog comments, posting on your ex-girlfriend’s Facebook wall, and tweeting how upset you are that said ex didn’t even like the cute cat video you shared on her wall.
But here’s something you might not know — “conversations” actually predate the internet.
These “real world” conversations trigger the growth of new neural pathways. You come up with new ideas. You challenge your existing ideas and take them in new directions. You learn.
This phenomenon is improved by another old-school technique, called listening.
Conversation and listening can, if you let them, become awe-inspiring weapons in your blogging arsenal.
Henry Miller had a bunch of rules he used as guidelines when writing. One of them was to keep human. To go out, meet people, engage others in conversation.
What do you think? Is it important to keep human? Is it helpful when it comes to blogging?