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.