Here are some similarities between blogging and girlie nights out:
1. You want to make a visual impact on a girls night out and you also want to do the same with a blog post too.
To make that visual impact on a girls night out you might squeeze yourself into a glitzy party frock, apply some makeup (or war paint), add some matching accessories, shove your feet into some killer heels and give your hair an eye-catching style.
With a blog post to make that visual impact you might add a nice arty photo, add an exciting video clip, add some white spaces to your text and give it an eye-catching title.
2. There is a fun build up to both a girls night out and to publishing a blog post.
The build up to a girls night out is fun and can include some cheap wine, good dance tunes to get you in the mood, some indecision over outfits and a lot of giggling – all done under a thick cloud of hair spray.
The build up to publishing a blog post is also fun and can include adding in some interesting links, doing some research, playing ‘hunt the typo’ and giggling to yourself at the quality of your post – all done under a thick cloud of blog stats optimism.
3. On a girls night out and with publishing a blog post it’s important to be seen in the right places.
On a girls night out you make sure you hit the right bars and nightclubs; the ones where you are guaranteed of a good night out, access to a karaoke machine and where there might be some eye candy. It’s important to be seen in the hot and happening places where all the social action is.
With a blog post you want to be sure that it hits the right places too, this is done through tagging, adding categories, joining linky parties and covering it in hashtags. It’s important for your post to be seen in the hot and happening places where all the blogging action is.
4. You express yourself through certain skills on a girls night out and via a blog post.
On a girls night out you express yourself through your dance skills. Some of us are better at dancing than others and some of us just chuck some bizarre body shapes together, close our eyes and hope for the best.
With a blog post you express yourself through your writing skills. Some of us are better at writing than others and some of us just chuck some words together and hope for the best.
5. On a girls night out and with a blog post its important to be sociable.
On a girls night you might bump into old friends or make new friends at the bar or on the dance floor. The more people who say hello to you the more popular you feel. If you no one says hello to you can find yourself experiencing a ‘low mood’ and this leaves you going home with a face like a bulldog chewing a wasp.
On a blog post you may bump into other bloggers in your comments section, your blog reader or welcome new bloggers via your post. The more bloggers who say hello to you the more popular you feel. If no one likes your post you can find yourself experiencing a ‘low mood’ too and after a day of silence on the blog front you can end up with a face like a bulldog chewing a wasp.
6. The success of a girls night out and a blog post will be determined through a number of factors:
Girls night out success factors:
- Number of good tunes played by the DJ.
- Number of times you danced / how bad your feet hurt the next day.
- The amount of eye candy’ dancing around you.
- Whether or not you received any smouldering looks from a potential love interest.
- The laughs you had with the girls.
- Number of phone numbers exchanged (if single / looking for love)
- Any slow dances with a potential love interest (resulting in maybe a peck on the cheek or a little snog)
Blog post success factors:
- Number of likes compared to other posts.
- Number of comments compared to other posts.
- The amount of tweets your post generated.
- The amount of time your post got retweeted.
- Whether or not your post caught the eye of any influential blogger’s.
- The laughs you had with other bloggers over your post.
- Number of new blog followers.
- Any guest blogger requests.
7. Both can leave you in a bit of a state afterwards.
A girls night out can leave you feeling tired, suffering from a headache and moaning about how much your feet hurt.
A good blog post can you leave you feeling tired, suffering from a blog stats spike withdrawal and moaning about how much blog admin you have to do.
8. There can be some regrets after a girls night out and after a blog post has been published.
After a girls night out you might regret launching into some embarrassing dance moves on the dance floor, drinking too many lemonades and dancing a bit too much with a potential love interest.
After a blog post has been published you might regret making some poor jokes, having the idea for such a poor blog post, making a cheeky comment back to another blogger in your comments section (their silence says a lot) and wishing you had replied a bit sooner (not 4 days later) to that influential blogger’s comment.
Have fun bloggers out there bloggers!
For noting – my top 3 dance moves from ‘back in the day’ when girls nights out were a weekly occurrence:
- The lasso – handbag twirled round head in a lasso type move whilst holding the gaze of a potential loved one.
- The shoulder roll – self-explanatory.
- The box – make box shapes with hands quite fast and with a serious expression on face.
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