I want and NEED you to be Baby Booming Badass Blogger. And I’m gonna break it down and tell you why. This mindset all started when I saw the above sign on my travels around the internet and it inspired me, and reminded me. Our generation of the Baby Boomer has changed the way the world thinks and in a big way! We were the leaders of change.
Why blog? We have a lot to say, that’s why. We’ve collected a lot of wisdom over the past several decades. And in keeping with the hippie spirit… we must share!
And… besides, we still have a deep seated need for compulsive enjoyment. It’s true. We enjoy, enjoying life. And quite frankly… blogging is good fun.
Life. Be in it!
Remember when life got in the way and bogged us down with reality? It was nothing unusual really, we just had to grow up. We knew we couldn’t live on peace and love forever. We understood when it was time to shuck off those peace-sign necklaces; cut our hair and shave our beards… oh, and put that bra back on>> It was time to get a job. We learned to play both sides of the corporate coin (hard working, corporate ladder dedication – while trying to stay happy in it).
And now, here we are. We’ve raised our kids, most are grown and gone – we’re close to retiring (or already retired) and now it’s all about US again. Yes, they say boomers are selfish. Yes, they used to call us the “ME generation”. I ask you, what’s wrong with that? 🙂 And actually if you think about it… it’s never really been about “us”, it’s always been about those AROUND us, wouldn’t you agree?
Hippie activists & our baby boomer era
What really distinguishes this generation. . . is its determination to act, its joy in action, the assurance of being able to change things by one’s own efforts.
Hannah Arendt (1972)
I love this quote by Hannah Arendt. And just who is she? Well… she described herself as a political theorist because her work centered on the fact that “men”, not Man, live on the earth and inhabit the world”.
We grew up in a time of determination – we lived on purpose, backbone and spirit. We still believe in joy. We still believe in a place where ALL who inherit and inhabit the earth shall be one and free. Except of course unless you’re a criminal. You can not be free – you should be in jail.
And… did you pick up on that biggie in Hannah’s quote? “The assurance of being able to change things by one’s own efforts”.
This is where we excel. We change things by shear power of effort, by action… and by our words! “Words are mighty and powerful. Words have the power to move you. And when you are moved – you can move mountains”. ~~ Quote: (Me) Sheila T. ~~
We have contributed abundantly to the table of life. It was Bob Dylan who said: “People today are still living off the table scraps of the sixties. They are still being passed around — the music and the ideas.” Well boomers… it’s time to put the FULL MEAL back on the table, and there’s no one better than us to do that.
Look at this list and tell me you can’t think of anything of passion to write about. I dare your creative juices to flow. These are badass and righteous topics… that WE created IN OUR LIFETIME.
- Peace and love for our fellow man
- Being “community” inspired
- Eating organically and healthy
- Yoga and meditation – new dimensions to spiritualism
- Experimentation and pushing through fear
- Heck. We invented Rock N Roll (& Punk)… okay and Disco – but we want to forget about that 🙂
- We invented “pay it forward”
- We volunteered
- We tried to make a better world and improve social standing
- We started the environmentally conscience movement
- We questioned authority and looked for truths
- AND… we tell some awesome stories!
Now. Here it is…
Pick a topic… any topic
Be what you love, love what you do. Pick a favorite knowledge-based, love laced topic. Let your passion run wild – you can pick one from my list or come up with your own. If you need further inspiration read my post Blogging 101 for beginners (here) or learn about how to pick a topic (here). What ever the case may be, just be passionate about your topic and write from the heart and soul.
If you want to be a badass blogger you have to love your topic enough to not run out of ideas. Here’s a measurement of passion for you: If you can talk about “IT” all day, everyday… Pick that one! 🙂
Faker bloggers eventually run out of things to say. Badass bloggers, don’t!
Find your voice
Stand out in the crowd. We’re baby boomers! We are not carved from the stone of status quo. We are creative beasts. It’s been a while. You may have forgotten – but YOU are unique. Fly your freak flag. Let your personality show and be flamboyant about it. It’s the personality that gets and keeps your reader’s attention. And it’s good for you too. You’ve spent a lifetime in the work world where you’ve had to conform. And that’s okay. But now… NOW it’s time to cut loose.
Be sassy if you want. Be “bold” and “audacious,” (bodacious, that’s me). Be quirky. Break the mold! Be an intellect. You have opinions – put it out there for discussion. Rile up the masses and stoke the fire of debate and conversation.
There. Doesn’t that feel good?
Write… A bunch and often
A successful blogger not only has a lot to say – they say it often. To be badass you have to engage your readers and be smart enough to gauge their expectations. They expect to be delighted on a regular basis. You want your reader to crave your blog and to curl up with their iPad in a comfy chair and read your creation. Isn’t that what you would want to do? Be the blogger you would want to see. That’s a guarantee for success.
Write – Draft – Edit; Proofread – Finalize – PUBLISH
Remember those dreaded red marks on your paper from your loving English teacher? I DO. My college professor said I had talent but I needed direction. So, he taught me to write. Man! I hated that red pen! He was supportive and nurturing but at the same time was brutal with loving constructive criticism. Because of him, I learned the value of “voice” and “free form” writing without distractions. I’ve become a fanatic about free form. For me, I still find it hard to write freely without editing along way. But I try, and so should you. The constant stopping and starting in the middle of your writing will affect your creative process which can stop-up your creativity.
Your free form is your draft copy. This is your working document.
After my draft copy is done, I tweak. I have the 5-5 rule. I script out my draft – I typically edit at least 5 times, then proofread at least 5 times, THEN I let it rest a day or two. While it’s resting, I do “red marks” in my mind as I mull over what I’ve written. After a day or so, it’s time to read it again – make any adjustments – proofread again. When I’m happy with my product – that’s when I publish. Redundant? Yep. Do I still have typo’s yep. But not as many. 😉 Do I usually like what I’ve created? Yep.
And… FYI. Don’t strive for perfection. Strive for solid writing and great content. There is no such thing as perfect, so don’t get your brain all in a hissy.
Looking at your writing with a fresh eye is well, eye-opening. It’s like stepping back and reading something that someone else wrote. You can be more objective that way and somewhat separated and removed from the actual writing and creative process. This allows you to make necessary changes without clutching on to a bad idea because you slaved over it. Yeah, baby.
The Strunk & White of things
I know White as rain I don’t have to tell you who these two are. And as far as I’m concerned… kiss my arse Strunk & White! Okay. Sorry. I know grammar is important. But in blogging, you know what’s MORE important? Connecting with your reader. Write like you talk. Talk to a friend on paper!
Now, I’m not saying to butcher the King’s language… keep your rhetorical language light and breezy and smack towards the side of “grammatically correct”. I KNOW, I KNOW. I’m VERY borderline with the grammar. I really don’t care. I care about being passionate and injecting a little fun and humor into my life – and yours!
Oh, And; Read it out loud
My poor hubby. I make him sit in this uncomfortable chair (I need to get him a better one) and make him listen while I read out loud. The poor, poor man. BUT…
This definitely helps with proofreading and readability. It also helps with stumbling. If you’re stumbling over a passage or sentence – REWRITE IT. This is the time to let your words shine on paper and slide off of your silvery tongue.
E.V.O.L.V.E. Transform yourself
Okay, badass. Are you ready? Do you feel your old self bubbling back to the top? Do you feel that old excitement? Is it making the hair stand up on the back of your neck? You’ve miss that feeling, haven’t you? Blogging can let you, be you again.
Go ahead. Evolve. Transform. Be.
You have a lot to share with the world… stop being stingy would ya? I, for one, can’t wait to read what you have to say. I’m always on the look out for the next badass blogger to help me learn, be and dream. Are you already a badass blogger? If so, where does your blog live? I would love to hang out a chill there for a bit. Take a moment to pop down to the comment section – tell us where you are and please share your badass blogging tips with us!
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I hope I inspired you today. I hope I inspired you to be great!
Until next time…