Blogging Lesson Hatched While Playing Angry Birds
Recently, while playing a video game with my two kids…a blogging lesson hatched.
My son wanted me to start on level 4 of the Easter Eggs Angry Birds game, which turned out to be a particularly tough level to beat (at least for someone like me who doesn’t play much.)
I tried to destroy those piggies 12 to 15 times, without success. Several times I only had one piggy left–yet I couldn’t finish the job.
This level seemed tougher than usual.
Finally, an idea came to me that quickly turned into “a teachable moment” for my two tykes.
Here’s the blogging breakthrough I learned from Angry Birds!
This Blogging Lesson Turned Those Piggies Into Bacon
“Let me ask you a question”, I said in a fatherly tone, “When you do the same thing over and over again and you don’t get the results you want, what should you do?”
My six-year-old boy quickly responded, “You don’t give up, you keep going.”
“That’s a good answer, but not what I’m looking for.”
My four-year-old daughter chimed in next, basically echoing the perseverance answer (I was proud my little ones answered this way.)
“Here’s what I’m thinking,” I said. “When you keep doing the same thing over and over but never get the results you want, you need to do something different.”
Focusing their attention back on the television screen, I held up the remote, considered my game strategy with the first bird waiting in the sling shot, aimed at a completely different location of the piggy fortress, then released the blue jay.
You see, I had been sending the first bird sailing into the same target area time and time again. This go around, I did something different and launched it into a completely different spot.
This provided a breakthrough that opened up a whole new strategy in the game. Red, Chuck and Bomb (Angry Bird characters) followed, and they were thrown differently as well.
Low and behold, I conquered this level on the first try.
My kids squealed!
Daddy is victorious!
I couldn’t help but smile at how smooth this teachable moment worked out. They aren’t blogging just yet, but this little lesson works for anything in life.
I hope they got the message.
What About You?
Perhaps you are frustrated about the level you’re at now in your blogging…if so, when was the last time you did something different?
Consider your routine, your common practices (or lack of them). Take an honest look at what you’ve been doing…why are you blogging that way?
You know that meme about insanity, right? “Insanity is doing the same thing over and over and expecting different results.”
How I Stopped the Insanity
One personal example I can share involves the content I was producing here early on.
Awhile back (a year or so), when I was creating blog posts, I would choose topics and craft the posts in ways that did not have the actual Build Your Own Blog audience in mind.
I was blogging to impress two audiences that were not my actual customers…My first intent back then was to impress my peers in the digital marketing field. People who already knew a lot about blogging, copywriting and marketing.
The other “person” I was trying to seduce was the Google algorithm. She turned out to be a cruel and fickle fan, indeed.
Neither of these two audiences were interested in buying what I offered, so I was wasting my time trying to keep up with the Jones’s when I should have been serving my true audience.
That’s an easy trap to fall into.
Once I figured this out, I did something different. I started writing posts and producing videos that YOU wanted.
Heck, you NEEDED them.
Early on, I wasn’t listening close enough to the feedback you were giving me because I was focused on impressing the wrong people (and bots).
Making the change to blogging for YOU has made a huge difference.
(For those who have followed me awhile and stuck around, thank you.)
Things You Can Change to Help Your Blog
Maybe you’re not sure right now what you can or should change to improve your blogging results?
Here’s a list of changes to consider that might provide a huge breakthrough for you…13 Changes a New Blogger Can Make to Gain More Readers
•A new Logo (or maybe you need one to begin with)
•Your Branding in general
•Your website Design
•Discovering new features to utilize with WordPress
•Paying attention to Analytics
•Starting an email list
•Choosing a better Host or Domain
•Start using Video
•Make better use of your Time
•Start using Keywords
•Network with other bloggers
•Use better Photos on your blog
•Write more clearly, concisely and more compellingly
Time to Do Something Different
Doing something different can apply to anything. Sometimes a more subtle change will do the trick. Like,
•writing longer (or shorter) posts
•Sharing other bloggers content and leaving comments on other blogs
•Telling more stories, fewer statistics
•Using humor in your writing
•Asking people to share your posts
•Finding time to write every day (or cut down your frequency)
What Changes Do You Need to Make? Did this post bring any ideas to mind? If you know you need to do something different to take your blog to a new level, let’s talk about it in the comments. I’ll be around to answer any questions you have.
Photo Credit: Angry Birds Space 15 by Themeplus CC BY-SA 2.0