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Is Howard Stern the Answer to Successful Blogging?

by Steve Scott | Join Him On Facebook

Hate him or love him, you have to admit that Howard Stern has legions of dedicated listeners who appreciate his … talent?

Howard Stern – who’s often referred to as the Shock Jock because of his no-holds-barred approach to just about everything – is one of the most popular radio personalities in the United States. He’s also considered by some to be the biggest misogynists in pop culture today.

With all that being said, I think there’s a lot of things you can learn about blogging by paying attention to the underlying principles which have made Howard Stern a success.


The “King of All Media?”

In the controversial manner that everyone has grown to expect, Stern tells dirty jokes, calls people liars straight to their faces, degrades most women that he’s invited to appear on his show and generally says what really goes on in his mind.

So to put things nicely, Howard Stern tells it like it is – at least in his opinion – and he doesn’t care what anyone else thinks of him. He even refers to himself as “The King of All Media,” which makes me believe that Howard sees absolutely nothing wrong with what he does.

Love him or hate him, there’s actually a lot that we can all learn from Howard Stern…

The Art of Avoiding Uncomfortable Questions

It happens to the best of us. We’ve all been asked questions that we don’t really want to answer, because … well … sometimes, the truth hurts.

“Does this dress make me look fat?”

“Isn’t she the cutest little baby you’ve ever seen?”

“So, how do you like my new haircut?”

We might balk at the question, make up an answer that won’t hurt the asker’s feelings (i.e. “telling a little white lie”), or smoothly try to change the subject.

Most of us are so used to sparing other people’s feelings that we lie a lot more than we realize. We think that’s the best thing to do … then again, honesty is the best policy, right?

Trying to Be a Little Honest

Ever since I began this site and started blogging, I’ve tried my best to be up front with all of you.

Sometimes that’s not as easy as it sounds … just like answering your wife when she asks you if her dress makes her look fat, or giving your co-worker an honest opinion when she asks if her bald, cross-eyed baby is cutest one you’ve ever seen.

You probably read my recent piece regarding my last relationship and to be honest, I was really scared to post this because it goes beyond the simple ‘how to’ articles and discusses something that’s deeply personal.

I’ve been trying to really put “the real me” out there lately. I’ve even started writing about things that people might not find to be that interesting…like my upcoming trip or even a picture of what I look like after an hour on a treadmill.

Now you might think that it’s too difficult to share intimate details with others. But look at it this way – if you get out there and really talk about how you feel, someone else is bound to agree with you.

Blogging with Honesty

If you have your own blog, you’d probably really benefit by writing about a problem that you’re having or a situation you’re having trouble dealing with on your own. Writing about your feelings could help you wind up with some great advice from someone who’s “been there, done that.”

Other people might even be going through the same situation that you are, and meeting someone in the same boat as yourself could be a huge weight off your chest. You’ll realize that you’re not alone, and you just might figure out what – if anything – you need to do.

I just used “blogging honestly” as an example since you’re here reading my blog. You might not have your own blog, and that’s okay.

You could always jot some things down in a journal that’s for your eyes only. They say “Charity begins at home,” but so should honesty. If you’re lying to yourself, you’ll most likely lie to everyone else around you.

It Starts by Being Honest with Yourself

The absolute best way to start being honest is to start being honest with yourself. Are you really happy with your current relationship? Do you like your job, or do you just put up with it? Are you happy with how you live on a day-to-day existence?

There are lots of questions that we probably wouldn’t want to answer out loud … and it shouldn’t be that way. We shouldn’t lie to ourselves.

Howard Stern may drive people crazy, but he really does tell just what he feels, which isn’t so bad after all, is it?

Take Action. Get Results.



{ 12 comments }

Ray

I know this isn’t really the point of your post, but let us set the record straight on Howard. He is not a misogynist or a racist. Those who don’t listen consistently often confuse his antics with being his real feelings. Howard satirizes stereotypes to point out the absurdities of those biases. I have been listening to Stern since he was in Washington, D.C. (30 years ago, for those who are counting.) That’s also where Robin (a black woman) was paired up with him. If he was racist do you think she would have stayed with him this long?
The point of your article being about the importance of honesty is a good one. I have always blogged with honesty and integrity so I am in complete agreement with you. Keep up the good writing.
.-= Ray´s last blog ..Thoughts On A New Website =-.

Steve Scott

I agree Ray. Used to listen to him all the time, and agree that he does get a bad rep. But to a lot of people, he represents a lot of negativity.

What actually drew me to his show wasn’t even Howard. It was listening to Artie. That guy is one of the best examples of how brutal honesty can really be a fascinating thing to listen to.
.-= Steve Scott´s last blog ..Is Howard Stern the Answer to Successful Blogging? =-.

Ray

Oh yeah. I almost forgot. The origin of the “King of All Media” moniker. Howard coined that title for himself when he had the top grossing movie (Private parts) the number 1 best selling book (also Private Parts(, and the number 1 radio show in the country (The Howard Stern Show) all at the same time. You have to admit. That’s an impressive set of number 1’s.
.-= Ray´s last blog ..Thoughts On A New Website =-.

Steve Scott

Absolutely! I wish I still had time to listen to him, but my radio habit went away like my television habit. Do say that his show was one of the highlights of my day.
.-= Steve Scott´s last blog ..Is Howard Stern the Answer to Successful Blogging? =-.

Ralph

So are you softening us up for the revelation that you are really Howard Stern? Looking forward to this.
.-= Ralph´s last blog ..More Tongue Tickling Words =-.

Steve Scott

I wish! To have his kind of money…I could travel without having to worry about producing an income.
.-= Steve Scott´s last blog ..Is Howard Stern the Answer to Successful Blogging? =-.

Lees Shizzle

Well put Steve. I enjoy reading this kind of stuff from you. I feel your honesty and enthusiasm as well.
As for Howard Stern, he certainly has his critics but he also has a huge following. It’s just who he is and that’s that. I know sometimes I turn others off with my honesty, sometimes I am just too damn blunt. Never meaning to hurt anyone, but I always say if you don’t want an honest answer to your question then don’t ask me if you expect me not to tell you the truth.

Being honest with ourselves is extremely important. Nice read thanks
Lee
.-= Lees Shizzle´s last blog ..Need to Wipe Myself With Anticipation ~ Friday Funny =-.

Steve Scott

I’m a big fan of brutal honesty, so anything that you say wouldn’t offend me. It’s better to know where you stand with someone than have them dislike something you’re doing, but be too afraid to say anything.
.-= Steve Scott´s last blog ..Steve’s Sunday Selections – March 28th, 2010 =-.

Marien

Hi Steve – I particularly like your topic here: authenticity. I believe that it’s only when we are authentic that we can develop true self esteem. As self esteem is ‘appreciating your own worth and importance’ – how can you do that if you are not acknowledging it, and courageus enough to tell the world who you are?

Easier said than done though!

Steve Scott

I agree that it’s easier said than done. I try my hardest to be as authentic as possible…just sometimes I do have to censor a little of what I write because I don’t want to hurt anyone’s feelings in my personal life who might come across this blog.

Anyway, thanks for commenting and stopping by. Don’t be a stranger…

David Black

This really resonates with me Steve. Life is so much easier, and so much more fun, when you wear your heart on your sleeve, and really stop caring how other people are going to react to what you have to say.

If you want a great book on this whole subject, check out: Radical Honest by Brad Blanton, really inspires you to cut out the bullsh*t in everything you do in life
.-= David Black´s last blog ..How To Become A Bad Boy Women Will Love =-.

Steve Scott

Thanks! Will definitely check it out…the problem is I have a reading list of about 50 books right now. Haha…

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