If you talk to me for ten minutes any time between the hours of 7: 30 a.m. and 4 p.m. Monday through Friday, I guarantee I will bring up Seth Godin at least once. I can’t help it.
I’ve bought and read his books. I cling to each blog post. I covet his action figure. I even walked my own talk and emailed him last month. (He wrote back, utterly generous in the face of me telling him he has changed my life.)
He’s my guru. So I consider his philosophies. I think about what he would do in x, y, z situation. I’m all, What Would Seth Godin Do? And I mean it.
When I read the following list in Brainwashed: 7 Ways to Reinvent Yourself (one of many of his amazing, free e-books), I was immediately inspired to think differently about this blog.
According to Godin, there are seven levers available for anyone in search of reinvention:
- Be generous
- Make art
- Acknowledge the lizard
I want to be candid with you, I want to connect and be generous and make my art, however profanity-laden and blunt that may be sometimes. Once upon a time, in another reincarnation online, I did that. For four years, I felt safe enough, and then I spent one year feeling unsafe and so I quit.
But that doesn’t mean I ever stopped wanting to connect with you, and it doesn’t mean I don’t miss it sometimes. I didn’t lose my voice — not exactly — but I lost the outlet, the channel I used to reach you and to hear you reaching back. I cut the phone lines, and we stopped talking, and I stopped shipping, and failing, and learning, and now that I’m here again it just feels stilted, stunted by all I’m not saying and not doing and holding back.
That’s not art. That’s not anyone’s art, and it’s certainly not mine. I feel it. And I know you can feel it, too.
So, listen. I want to give more than I take. I know that’s surprising to some people. I don’t care.
So level with me, truly: what do you want from me? If you could come to Blue Truck Book Reviews and see exactly what you wanted, what would that be?
I’m not asking what you look for in a book blog – I’m asking what you look for in my book blog.
Be honest with me. I’m acknowledging the lizard. I really want to know.