Blogging Lessons from American Idol.

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Real Estate Broker Owner with Lola Audu~Audu Real Estate~Grand Rapids, MI Real Estate

I just finished watching the New Season opening for American Idol with my kids.  (We taped it)  Minniapolis was the setting for picturefuture idol hopefuls to preen their skills before the judges.  As a converted Idol fan, courtesy of my teenagers, we were all in stitches with some of the contestants desperate antics and obvious delusion about their skill set and blatant lack of talent.

A comment that was reiterated frequently  by the judges was, "you don't sound like yourself" .  There were also an amazing number of hopeful contestants in Minneapolis who seemed to loose their voices; one going so far as to appear to be listening to music from an imaginary earpiece while mouthing the words with barely any recognizable vocalization.

Another frequent mistep was contestants who forgot their lines. Some merely mumbled, others made up new words and some just walked off the stage.  All in all, the pretenders took center stage in this carnival of absurdity.  One appearing wrapped in a bizzare combination of  plastic;  a sorry copy cat version of presumably Uncle Sam in the American flag with a Rocky Balboa twist....the over-sized red boxing gloves. 

It occured to me that sometimes the stage mirrors the truth we obscure in life.  In my limited experience with Blogging, I can identify with some of the mistakes of the non-winners.  So many hopefuls, eager for recognition forgot who they were; some of them even forgot who they were trying to be.  Although everyone professed to want to be the next Amerian Idol, an original, the saddest auditions were those where you felt you were watching a "dreadful " (A Simon Cowell favorite) rendition of a hopeless impersonator. 

It's sadly easy to do this in writing as well, especially within the context of creating content for a Blog.  It's tempting to think that you can try to imitate someone's style , language or even topic.  The problem is that because it's not really something that comes from one's core or passion, it transalates with a thin, faltering lack of conviction and lacks the ability to connect.  It's hard to dig deeper and river of peacesometimes scary to be transparent, but that's the essence of successful communication or auditions.  It seems to me that every Blog entry is like an audition.  It's not about being perfect, it's about being real.

BLOG UPDATE:  This blog was originally posted on 1/18/2007.  When it was originally written, it got a few comments.  I was surprised this evening to see that it has been resurrected, and not entirely sure of the mechanism or the how. But I am also thankful that this is another opportunity to address a very real & relevant issue to all of us in the Blogging Community.  Lola Audu, 2/25/2007

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Rainmaker
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Lola Audu~Audu Real Estate~Grand Rapids, MI Real Estate

Hello, Christopher & Burnadette, Therese & Denise...

Thanks for visiting and reading this post.  (Refer to my Blog Update of 2/25/2007)...I'm not quite sure how this re-posting happened, but appreciate your comments.  Therese, I love Jeff Turner's work, so I'll have to visit the Bloodhound to see if I can look up his post and read his ideas on the subject.  Chris, I've never seen the Canadian Idol, but like you said, the moral lessons are universal!

February 25, 2007 07:07 PM
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Lola Audu
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Thanks for you comment Berta.  I am also continuing to learn and grow.  Keep at it, you will get better and also read as many blog posts as you can...including outside of Active Rain to understand the basic techniques...then trust who you are and the message you have been sent her to bring.  Only YOU can deliver it!
February 25, 2007 07:11 PM
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Tim Maitski
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I love watching American Idol with my kids.  That is exactly what I want them to pick up.  The good ones seem like they really feel the song and it's their's.  The bad ones seem to be just going through the motions.  If you yourself don't feel the song and become passionately connected with it, everyone sees right through it. 

February 25, 2007 09:19 PM
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Suzanne Sands
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Lola,

I was thinking about this topic today and found this beautifully written post. I didn't want to call the person out, so I thought I could write a blog about it. But this one says it all! Thanks for covering this topic  

July 03, 2007 04:13 PM
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Brian Schulman
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When we're young, we need role models to emulate.  Eventually we need to come into our own persona.  I remember that when Johnny Cash first came on the scene, he was hailed by critics as "the new Elvis".  Johnny Cash soon carved out his own compelling personality and style... that's why we remember him.
October 30, 2007 07:40 AM
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