If someone said to you that you should blog like a pole dancer to grow your blog, would you be curious and say, “Okay, I’m listening, but no touching!” or would you say, “Are you out of your mind, man? What the heck has pole dancing got to do with blogging?”
Well, if you were swaying toward the first answer – cool, this post is for you. If you were of the second opinion – well, I have no clever answer to persuade you to stick around and check out why. Except maybe… stick around and check out why.
So – pole dancing and blogging. Let’s get started!
Show Your Strength
Watch a pole dancer and it looks fairly easy. Approach a pole; gyrate, jump on it; slide down; bow and take the applause. Simple, right?
But being a great pole dancer takes more than just some slick moves. The ability to support your body weight while leaning back at an awkward angle and sliding down a pole – all with just the strength in your thighs – takes an amazing amount of strength. Your legs need to support the rest of you, and you need strong upper body strength to hold position. It isn’t easy.
A great blogger has strength. Strength to stand apart from the crowd. Strength to tackle controversial topics. Strength to stay true to your ethics and morals, no matter how tempting the alternative may be.
Be strong; continue to work on your strength; and while your audience might not be aware of it initially, they’ll soon appreciate your effort and stick around to see more.
While strength is a huge advantage for a pole dancer, flexibility is another (perhaps even more so). A great pole dancer is closer to an athlete or gymnast, and flexibility is a connecting factor across each.
The ability to move seamlessly between climbs, spins and body inversions (and make it look easy into the bargain) is something that pole dancers share with both athletes and gymnasts. It’s something a pole dancer needs to exercise often to maintain, and practice to make perfect.
If you can be flexible on your blog – and swing seamlessly across multiple topics while staying relevant to your audience and true to your unique blogging voice – then you already have an advantage over other bloggers in your circle. And when it comes to attracting traffic and loyal readers, advantages shouldn’t be sneezed at.
Additionally, being flexible on your opinions is another key factor to having a successful blog. No-one is ever right all the time; be open to other points of view from your readers and you’ll build their trust. Build that – well, you’re well on your way to a healthy, thriving blog.
Endurance, Endurance, Endurance
Depending on the venue and surroundings, some pole dancers can put in shifts lasting several hours. On top of that, the exercise value alone in pole dancing means if you want to be a successful pole dancer, then you’re going to need endurance.
It’s not easy combining both upper and lower body strength along with flexibility and the need to adapt to different audiences and equipment. Being mentally and physically prepared allows your endurance to be top notch too.
When it comes to blogging, endurance is one of the most important strengths you can have. It’s not easy starting a blog and being patient while your audience finds you. Nor is it easy to continuously come up with fresh content. Or take criticism of your words. Or continue writing when there’s little comments and no evidence of interaction and readership.
But if you can endure all the bad that comes with blogging to get to the gold of regular readers, subscibers and commenters, then you’re fully emerged in the wonderful world of blogging.
How about you? Do you follow the pole dancer’s lead, or do you have your own moves? We’re all ears!