As you know last week I talked about having writers block. I am thankful for all the comments and DM’s I got about the subject and how to get past it. Then, over the weekend I was looking through my Twitter stream and came across a great article on the blog of one of my blogging heroes. (Mark Schaefer)
As I read his article “Improve your blog. Stop writing for an audience!” I realized that I had been inspired by an expert. Someone, in this case, who was writing with passion as his principle purpose. The reason that I find this exciting is that much of what I have read by the experts these days have just been a rehash of the basic things that I learned early on in my time as a blogger. And, following their advice (writing for my audience) was partly the reason for my writers block.
Now, its one thing to say that you have been inspired by an expert and quite another to take the advice that is given and make things better from it. If you are going to move forward with this kind of inspiration you need to:
- Look for experts who connect with your way of thinking. This does not mean find experts that you always agree with or who always say what you want to hear. It does mean to look for experts who teach, inspire, and challenge you to think and grow in your business and personal life.
- Look for experts who don’t just push out the “same old stuff” but rather push the envelope in order to teach you better ways of looking at things you both need and want to get done.
- Look for experts who don’t try to spend time tell you how expert they are. If you connect with them and their information and advice is really inspirational, you will know they are experts even without them saying so!
When I first started blogging, I tried to read everything from everyone. These days I just read a handful. My advice, find a few experts who write because of their passion and let them inspire you!
What experts have inspired you? How has their advice made you better at what you do?