Today I wanted to share a thought I had last thursday. I was in Verona for work and on thursday there was a concert where lots of different famous (and not so famous) italian singers performed on stage. It was fun, but made me think (and that’s really frightening):
How can I also be a rockstar in my life?
Think about a musician. He will train for years just to get those 3 chords perfectly right. Then another year practicing his fingers to play the best solos of his favourite bands (since we’re talking about guitarists, my favourites are Slash, Iron Maiden and Santana). In the meantime, he will play in front of a little crowd in a pub or a little stage. After a while, he will eventually find success and he will play in front of a rabid crowd of girls, ready to tear off his clothes like starving animals and…
Well I’m digressing, but the concept is: you are in front of a crowd that loves you, it’s engaged with you and will do anything you say to them. When you go out on the stage and tens of thousands of people scream (of joy) because you’re there, you get the “Rockstar” sensation.
That’s when you feel you are accomplished. It’s when you are a pilot and you lift off a plane, or when you take out a cake from the oven. You are satisfied. But the crowd effect is a million times powerful. And then, there you are, giving all your best, engaging your audience, dancing, singing, moving, playing with the adrenaline pumping up in your veins. You’re rocking on the stage.
Now, what the hell is this related to… whatever I was going to talk about?
In a few words: be a rockstar on your blog. We can be rockstars on the internet. We can write and being pumped up, writing the best draft and doing the best editing we can, while we picture in our mind the readers that are going to be excited to see your post in their RSS reader. We can make videos and be a rockstar, thinking that you’re talking on a stage. We can be rockstars on a podcast or in a guest post. And imagine that crowd waiting for you, for your post. Really make an effort to picture it.
The thing is: take that “Publish” button as a finish line in a 100mt race, where you scream because you’ve won. After all the training, after all the efforts, you’re publishing your blog post. YES!
Or maybe you’re shooting a video or a podcast. Be engaging, be energic, be like you’re in front of a rabid crowd. And when you publish that video, clench your fist and say YES!
We ought to celebrate for every little step we take in growing our blog or our websites. We smile so seldomly, celebrate even lesser, without even mentiong congratulating ourselves and give us a round of applause.
Be a rockstar, be energetic, be grateful and congratulate yourself. That will impact your readers and your audience more than any writing technique.
I hope this was inspiring to you. Let me know in the comments what are your thoughts about it and if I made my arguments clear
(BTW in the picture above you can see the great Arena di Verona, where I was last week and got the inspiration for the post)