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Baseball Analogy of Blogging

I spend more time reading blogs than I do blogging. After some of the conversations lately I realized that there is an excellent Baseball analogy that fits blogging.

“Get em on, get em over, get em in”

The basic baseball principle is that you do not need Home Runs to win the game, you just need consistency in your hitting and base running, and more bloggers need to understand this formula.

Let’s break it down.

“Get em on” – Very simple, you can not score a run without getting a man on base. Quit swinging for the fence every time. And not every runner will convert to a score, just like every visitor will not convert to a sale. But, if you don’t get them in place, you have no chance. Maybe instead of spending all your energy on being #1 with a keyword or keyword phrase you should just work at being in the Top 10 or 20.

“Get em over” – Ok, you got a runner on first base, now ya just got to move them over one base at a time, no big feat needed. Same thing blogging. Once you have the visitor to your site, you have to get them in place to convert whatever it is you are trying to convert. Page layout and navigation play a big role here. If your site is too cluttered or confusing, how can you guide the visitor where you want them to be?

“Get em in” – The last leg of the journey. You got them on base, you moved them over, now just get them across home plate. Whatever your objective is, it has to be laid out in a manner that makes someone want to”go for it”. Are your products easily accessible? Did you explain what they needed to know to want to buy in to your product?

Are you just swinging for the fence?

Maybe it’s time to take it one step at a time.

  • Get ’em on
  • Get ’em over
  • Get ’em in

Blogging is like Golf

I have always loved teaching analogies, so I thought I would share one.

I have decided Blogging is like Golf. I used to play Golf a lot, and I was never that good. I even had a PGA Teaching pro as a neighbor, and he could not improve my game, lol.

My problem was simple, I tried to hard. Hitting a Golf ball is not like a lot of people think. The harder you try to hit the ball, the worse the result will be. I had this proven to me when I had Hodgkins Disease (also known as Hodgkins Cancer) . While doing Chemotherapy I decided to try and play golf. I was extremely weak, but I wanted to play golf, probably more for the feeling of doing something normal than it was anything else. Doing Chemotherapy just crushed my self confidence.

I had one of my best scores ever. Why? Well, I could not over swing and the result was a smooth clean swing without the power to try and kill the ball.

Blogging is just like this. Quit trying to hit the 300 yard drive with every post. Settle down, swing natural.

When you try to hard it shows. It may not be obvious, but it is there. The best bloggers may not be the best writers, but they are the ones that make you feel comfortable. They are blogging with a smooth stroke. Not pushing the issue, not trying to show you how smart they are, just blogging naturally.

Just like in Golf, try hitting it straight down the middle, instead of trying to hit the monster drive that ends up in the lake!

I hope my analogy examples help with the Blogging Tips, let me know what you think by leaving a comment.