In Blue Sky Resumes Blog article, “Put Some Personality Into Your Resume – Please!”, I loved the following description:
Today I’m writing a resume for a young man who’s applying for a job within his existing company. I have his old resume in front of me and I’m reviewing the worksheets he completed. The difference between the two is unbelievable.
His existing resume is stiff, stilted and boring. He used one of Microsoft’s Word templates and he simply listed his positions and responsibilities, as most people do.
…My job is to instill that personality into his resume…Your job is to look at the resume you’re using, and ask yourself if it really communicates what makes you unique and valuable. If not, inject some personality!
Have you stumbled across a blog in the past few months that caught your attention and yanked you by your ears almost into your monitor, begging you to read it, bookmark it, and spend some time cruising its pages? The answer is probably yes. The more likely answer is “kinda sorta”.
I’m so tired of the same old same old bloggers blogging. I’m tired of the sensationalized ranting and pontificating, the few words meant to convey many which don’t say much anyway, the run off at the mouth blather of stream of consciousness writing…all of it. Been there, done that, threw up, used the t-shirt to clean it up.
Many blog just to blog. Their friends are doing it, so they have to do it. Others blog because they think it’s the way to business success, whether their business is blogging or blogging helps their business. Even many more lose enthusiasm for sharing their thoughts and opinions and start blockquoting content from the other bloggers, filling the blogosphere with redundant links and echoes.
What happened to the “creative” in creative writing? What happened to the magic of storytelling, where you hang on every word, eager for the next one? What happened to solid, entertaining writing? Writing that makes you think? That tugs at your brain hours after you’ve walked away from your computer?
Take a good look at your blog. Does it sound as stiff and boring as this guy’s resume? He’s led an amazing life and done incredibly powerful things, changing and improving his industry, but a template style resume says nothing but “this is a form letter resume.” Well, folks, many of you are turning your blogs into form letter template blog boilerplates.
Take a moment to seriously look at what you’ve blogged about over the past few months. Is your blog filled with your original writing or link lists and blockquote recommendations? Does it really show off your personality, intellect, and abilities? Or is it just something to do – you started it, now you just have to feed the monkey?
Come up with a plan to put some life back into your blogging. Maybe start a new series, once a day or once a week, on some topic you are well versed on. Or how about interviewing someone and writing it up on your blog, letting their words add some spice to your blog. There are tons of resources you can find for inspirational material to write about on your blog. You could also take one of my many blogging challenges to put some jazz back into your blog.
Make a plan today and start it tomorrow to put some personality back into your blog.
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