Sunday, 30 September 2012

Why blogging is a bit like writing a standup routine - or Tweets for the blog - treating a blog like a standup routine


Don't usually post about what it's like putting things on this blog.

I only put things on here to have somewhere to find them again.

So there doesn't seem much point in optimising the blog (or SEO or any of those other ghastly phrases) to get more hits by search:

Getting a mass number of hits isn't that helpful or interesting as building a smaller audience, but a smaller audience who might come back more than once.

(I'm not doing this to be, say a reference work on a niche subject - just want to share work-in-progress material with an audience who might dig this kind of stuff.)

But to make the ideas better, it helps to try them out a few times.

And that's where blogging is a bit like writing standup material.

Building a 5 minute routine through gigging to tweak the wording, or break out other ideas, or join sections together. You could even push the simile further, and treat comments and @replies as heckling (or even just normal audience feedback like a laugh).

So, online, that means putting out posts more than once...

...and maybe linking them back to a single page, or grand work, that builds over time.

Here's my list I'm trying out on rotation... (that's basically all coming together here).
(Some of the links below are deliberately inactive - slowly rewriting them to the more twitter-friendly Hootsuite links which are clickable...)



5 Ways To Bust Writer's Block And You Know, All That Putting It Off Kind Of Business http://ow.ly/eha8S

8 rejected daughter names... http://ow.ly/f6Ppl

10 Ways You Know You Spend Too Much Time On Twitter http://ow.ly/ehabs

Best Awards Acceptance Speech Ever http://ow.ly/eh9ZS (tweeting this at night will give you nightmares)

Chatting up a signer for the deaf while she is a work is the hardest thing a man can do (Dad Lessons for my Kids...) http://ow.ly/f6NpY

How not to do toddler hair cuts http://ow.ly/f6QPt

Love when Dad calls to ask what web says about thing that cant be said by papers or TV.We'll never have this time again http://ow.ly/f01wN

Often find my attention span for abortion views influenced by whether they can pass a bowling ball between their legs http://ow.ly/eZZv3

People who have to sit behind David Cameron when he gives a speech http://ow.ly/fxukm (Four Blogs I havent yet started)

The fiver makes a welcome return to our local cashpoint... http://ow.ly/f6QeA

Top 3 Cbeebies ladies - someone asked me to name them http://ow.ly/fxv05



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And now... A Classified Ad break http://ow.ly/eh9IG (Got a local paper? Got any more of these?)

Awesome story: How did Scrappy Doo happen? http://ow.ly/ehPUF

Bad news. (Graphics) http://ow.ly/e6pW9

Because I'm a Dad... I did this... http://ow.ly/eha6l

Best action scene, ever, ever, ever... http://ow.ly/eha4l


Best Pitch Invasion... Ever http://ow.ly/ehQ6g (will never tire of this)

Blow jobs from BBC South http://ow.ly/e6pW9 (and other TV News Graphics...)

Boobs: Why they are not metric in the UK http://t.co/t2AyMTKv

Cameraman riding on a Segway, live on a Test Match pitch. What could possibly go wrong? http://ow.ly/eh9TZ

County? East of England? Suffork. http://ow.ly/eh9Q4

Dad maths. http://ow.ly/ew8NE Tightwads more like.

Engelbert Humperdinck in 1979. One of my most favourite pieces of television. http://ow.ly/ehQFf

Find my attention span for views on abortion is influenced by whether they can pass a bowling ball between their legs http://ow.ly/ehRh1

Five ways to bust writer's block and procrastination http://ow.ly/eha8S

Here is a bunch of stuff I put together because I am a Dad http://ow.ly/eha6l

How to stop people who need to steal baby milk from stealing baby milk http://ow.ly/czX8q

I tried recreating that Athena "Man with Baby" poster. That was a good idea. http://ow.ly/ew7tY

It's a dishwasher. Whatever you do, don't call it “Mummys Computer”. http://ow.ly/ewaim (Dad Lessons for my Kids)

My 3 favourite videos shot in TV control rooms... http://ow.ly/eh9or

My Favourite 100 TV Moments http://ow.ly/1dVhfE

My life according to Tesco http://ow.ly/ehRJV


Today, I am wearing my bag like Carrie from Homeland http://ow.ly/ehPH8

Words I have had to add manually to my android phone dictionary http://ow.ly/ex0pR

You cant use your mobile in a petrol station forecourt. But you can sell BBQ coal, lighter fluid & briquettes http://ow.ly/e6rgo



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"Fence Behind Your Head" (...from my Friday Night Toddler Art Gallery) http://t.co/tgDpz7iV

20 ways to write webseries tweets that might get bigger responses http://dld.bz/aE5ED

All my useful places for web series creators http://ow.ly/5GNKR Enjoy! #webseries

Artist with Permanent Red on Whiteboard (a little something from our Friday Night Toddler Art Gallery)... http://ow.ly/czWqJ

Camden Council and their optimistic concrete branding http://t.co/8Ib0d7H9

Currently at the first stages of pulling together my all-time favourite 100 TV clips... List here http://dld.bz/bnxER

Daddanomics in action (Dad Lessons for my Kids) http://ow.ly/czWg2

Dance Routines of the Rich and Famous http://neilmossey.blogspot.co.uk/2012/02/dance-routines-of-rich-and-famous.html

Equal amounts of food for girlfriend. Or appropriate (but unfair) portions... hmmm http://t.co/wDZJYS59

Giving away your material for free... Is it safe? Or right? http://t.co/5nssiJNf

Green Crayon Squiggles at Sofa's End http://t.co/nYchwTJy (Friday Night Toddler Art Gallery)

Here is a list of words meaning "great". Got any others? http://dld.bz/bgaRp

Here's how to put off writing just a little bit longer... 5 Ways To Bust Writer's Block And Procrastination http://dld.bz/aE5FB

Heres a link to the Official House of Lies app for ipad, android and nook - its awesome and its free http://dld.bz/bfX6k

Heres my favourite Steadicam shot... in the world... ever http://dld.bz/bgGqu Thanks to Eurovision...

Heres my list of Sat Nav phrases in songs. So far... I have two. Got any others?http://dld.bz/bh2DX

Hitler Cats who hate South West Trains monopoly. #swt http://neilmossey.blogspot.co.uk/2012/01/hitler-cats-who-hate-south-west-trains.html

How much does Camden Council love clamping? http://neilmossey.blogspot.co.uk/2011/10/how-much-does-camden-council-love.html

How to break a new story from scratch or crick one back into shape http://dld.bz/aE5FV

How to live your life with Tina Fey's Improv Rules http://dld.bz/aE5Hn

How to tell your audience that your web series isnt real life? http://ow.ly/5Nqat The Ludic Marker. #webseries

I know this question is worded weird, but what is your Stars In Their Eyes? http://dld.bz/bgGqB

i think i bought a pair of directors trainers http://t.co/28FgBKho

I want to live with the Cbeebies presenters. They can afford to do potato prints on an Orla Kiely tablecloth. http://t.co/gTj30yEv

I was born tomorrow, today i live, yesterday killed me http://t.co/xKjZpVSh

I'm in a long-term relationship. We've gone through three loo seats. http://dld.bz/bgaQU

Is it right the Man leads on all Eldery Crossing signs, like here? http://t.co/18sRCWfo

Jingles on local radio stations. What do the singers look like? http://neilmossey.blogspot.co.uk/2012/03/radio-jingle-night.html

Love that breasts are measured in inches. Not yards or metric http://t.co/t2AyMTKv

Love this - Complete list of every kind of story or plot... http://ow.ly/1bXfjQ

Managed to put some of my amazing world-changing ideas into one place http://neilmossey.blogspot.com/p/dad-lessons-for-my-kids.html#ideas

Me VS. Lang Lang's Dad http://neilmossey.blogspot.co.uk/2012/03/rawdadstuff-me-vs-lang-langs-dad.html

Men. Admit it. Using GPS is essentially asking for directions. http://t.co/mTyr2BOO

Metric boobs. Why we don't have them in the UK. http://ow.ly/eh9wM

Mitch Hedberg: comedian shrine http://t.co/gC81S6oU

My 10 favourite bits of the web that get a bigger response than the creator planned... http://ow.ly/cwSJi

My 2 year old loves recognising both Brian May & Andrew Marr on the telly. I feel a KILLER cbeebies pitch coming on! http://t.co/gTj30yEv

My Derren Brown stunt on the train http://neilmossey.blogspot.co.uk/2012/03/my-derren-brown-stunt-on-train.html

My favourite comedian http://neilmossey.blogspot.co.uk/2012/03/all-time-fave-tv-9-mitch-hedberg.html

My top 10 upsides of recovering from a Boris Bike crash http://neilmossey.blogspot.co.uk/2011/12/top-10-upsides-of-recovering-from.html

My top 5 favourite Seth Godin posts... http://t.co/ihrcePWv

New product ideas: NIKEA. Shoes you put together yourself. http://t.co/7C6Gb4du

One of my favourite TV characters: Ron Swanson from Parks and Recreation... http://ow.ly/cwMn7

One of the most famous men in the world. http://t.co/Zes7Ox8A Davis Beckham.

Other questions I have as a Dad... http://neilmossey.blogspot.com/p/dad-lessons-for-my-kids.html#questions

Other things Sid James might have laughed at, if he had still been alive when they happened http://t.co/ZJ52YEjN

Our 8 rejected daughter names... http://ow.ly/cwOpk

Perfectly Smooth Mash ("as used by professional chefs") http://t.co/HQWTgyez

Pipkins. Am I the only one with this scorched in my brain? http://t.co/utR3vR8h

Playground Insult Update... (from The RDA) http://youtu.be/W9DWpHFUNM0?t=8m53s

Put all my favourite free places on the web into one place http://dld.bz/bfX6w If only to have somewhere to find them

QR Codes That Suck... The blog. http://ow.ly/czXpP

Quick way to generate character names for your webseries http://t.co/FN6Tak8l

Radio jingle night http://t.co/N4ty3W9q

Recreating that Athena Poster... http://ow.ly/czW7q

Sat Nav phrases in songs. http://neilmossey.blogspot.co.uk/2012/01/new-list-sat-nav-phrases-in-songs-got.html Got any others?

She's groping his bum. It says Elderly People crossing, but she is groping his bum. http://t.co/18sRCWfo

Shield your face from perfume... http://t.co/BDSbjMLe

Sick Mum poetry http://t.co/aCPIxmn7

Some bits of social media that aint that great... http://ow.ly/cwNL7

Some Xmas gift ideas I got from my junk mail last year... http://dld.bz/bgGpG

Someone cuts you up? Tailgating? Want to send them a message? http://t.co/1hMjNdNN

Still my favourite blog. http://ovd.tumblr.com It's like a magic eye poster.

Subtle hints from the Tesco supermarket http://t.co/LKUwUx0t

Tampax getting us ready for 2012... http://t.co/utuPWsmD

Technically... Guess this is where baby powder is meant to go? http://dld.bz/aE5Gr

Thanks for all your help with the family name for Girls Bits - the full list so far is here http://t.co/OPTRepF7

The difference between Copyright and Copyleft http://ow.ly/5wt35 -best video Ive seen on webseries funding #sopa


The House of Lies app is AWESOME. Im biased. http://dld.bz/aGHWc But its free. #houseoflies

The Ludic Marker - Its the thing that tells your audience that your web series isnt real life: http://ow.ly/5Nqat #webseries

The most compelling and disturbing cartoon I have ever seen http://t.co/8PKhcklw

These are all my Dad fashion tips. Right here. http://t.co/VYzOwXWu

This is how I answer the phone http://dld.bz/aE5MG

This is what it's like being a Dad http://neilmossey.blogspot.com/p/dad-lessons-for-my-kids.html

Time for a Classified Ad Break... http://ow.ly/czVPu

Today I am wearing my bag like Carrie from Homeland http://t.co/ueVNrbq3

Tour De France - my fave clips: http://t.co/0N0hgWUD

Transform your hobs! (note: remove before using hob) http://t.co/vIhCd1gb

Tried to come up with a complete list of brand new band names http://dld.bz/aE5Ks

Turns out those fish that nibble at your feet are USELESS on beer guts http://t.co/BJp5NkFO

Turns out watching Rastamouse with my son doesn't count as raising him bilingual. http://t.co/gTj30yEv

Want to hear the worst/best script note I ever received? http://dld.bz/aE5GY

What do you think: It all looks innocent, but that woman is clearly groping his bum... http://t.co/18sRCWfo

What else could Camden Council clamp? http://neilmossey.blogspot.co.uk/2011/10/how-much-does-camden-council-love.html

What it's like being a Dad http://dld.bz/aGHMV

What its like trying to write new material http://t.co/8Ib0d7H9

What its like writing on an ipad app for a tv series http://dld.bz/aGHWc

What those radio jingle singers really look like... http://t.co/N4ty3W9q

What was it like when your ITV region ruled the world? http://neilmossey.blogspot.co.uk/2011/11/what-was-it-like-when-itv-regions-ruled.html

Whats the etiquette in paying for takeaways for hosts? When you visit "for dinner" but then expected to split the bill? http://dld.bz/bfX9n

When TV graphics go bad... http://t.co/Zes7Ox8A

Who is the real millionaire... http://t.co/aDX3yR3A

Why dont we have Metric Boobs in the UK? http://neilmossey.blogspot.co.uk/2012/02/why-dont-we-have-metric-boobs-in-uk.html

Why YouTube vids view counts freeze at 301... http://t.co/25OqCTjh

Working on a "social media strategy"? Take a break: http://t.co/ihrcePWv

You cant use your mobile on petrol station forecourt. But you can sell BBQ coal, lighter fluid & firestarter briquettes http://t.co/qBod8ieI


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