May 28, 2007

The Metaphor Project: What’s Your Blogging Metaphor?

published this at 11:54 am

We’re All Teachers and Learners

What’s Your Metaphor?

When I traveled to other countries, one thing I didn’t expect was to learn how people add new things, ideas, and groups of people to their culture. Here’s an example of what I mean.

When I first started working with publishers, I noticed something about illustrators that I later realized was also true about writers.

That’s the point at which we can switch from learner to teacher.

The Metaphor Project: What’s Your Blogging Metaphor?

Isn’t the same thing happening with blogging? Finally we’re gaining the experience to pull together the pieces into a picture from which to speak. We’re reaching out to explain to nonbloggers in terms they can understand.

Two weeks ago it was Derrick Sorles saying we’re pizza makers. This morning it was Char with this outstanding post.

How Do You Explain Blogging to Your Mom?


Did Char’s metaphor work? Her mom’s question at the end proves the power of a great metaphor.

Let’s find some more.

Group Writing Project: What’s Your Blogging Metaphor?

So, what’s your blogging metaphor? I suggest a Group Writing Project.

1. Write a blog post using a metaphor to explain blogging.

2. If you leave a comment with a link to your post, link back to Successful-Blog, or email me, I’ll know how to feature your post. It’s not necessary, it just helps me track to make sure your work gets seen.

3. If you use Technorati tags, tag the post Blogging Metaphor.

BONUS: Ten contributors will receive an autographed copy of Lorelle’s book “Blogging Tips — What Bloggers Won’t Tell You About Blogging.”

The more ways, the more metaphors we find to help folks understand, the more businesses will see the value. And imagine our friends and families will understand the power and reason behind what we’re doing.

They say a picture is worth 1000 words. Use soa few hundred to draw a picture that they’ll never forget.

–ME “Liz” Strauss
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77 Comments to “The Metaphor Project: What’s Your Blogging Metaphor?”

  1. May 28th, 2007 at 9:18 pm
    Char said

    Liz – it was so nice to hear your voice today! I can’t wait to see how others equate blogging to other aspects of our lives. I have seen one or two people have already decided to take part in this project.

    Is the Group Writing Project the “new” bloggy tag? It seems to me it is – and it has a much more inviting appeal to it.

  2. May 28th, 2007 at 9:30 pm
    My Preferred Metaphor for Business Blogging said

    [...] Today I’m picking up on her invitation to share a metaphor I use for blogging. [...]

  3. May 28th, 2007 at 9:51 pm
    GP said

    most excellent food for thought :) It’s already whirling around the brain. I’ll have to sleep on it and then ride on it… i’ll be back :)

    GP in Montana where it feels more like winter than the beginning of summer .. yup… snowflakes today

  4. May 28th, 2007 at 9:56 pm
    ME Strauss said

    Hi Char!
    It was the high point of my day getting your blog post and having an excuse to call you! How wonderful!

    Your stories, your visuals, they were so compelling. They show what a great teacher you truly are.

    Who knows about the new pix? I just made it for this project. Feel free to take it if you have a use for it. :)

  5. May 28th, 2007 at 9:58 pm
    ME Strauss said

    Hi GP!
    Food for thinking is always a nourishment, I hope. Take your time. I can imagine how a ride would make it a better idea. :)

    Snowflakes today? That’s just poor planning ont he part of the state of Montana. :)

  6. May 29th, 2007 at 6:13 am
    Karin H. said

    Morning Liz

    Read the excellent post by Char yesterday morning and immediately forwarded it to a dear friend of mine (who I’m for months now try to get involved with blogging). Best I ever read on this subject (and SOB-cafe material ;-))
    Have to ponder about my own double Dutch metaphor now.

    Char, agree with you on the ‘GroupWritingProject’, sounds nicer and is more practical than tag-meme’s. (Could be of course I’ve already was part of two writing projects? ;-))

    Karin H. (keep It Simple Sweetheart, specially in business)

  7. May 29th, 2007 at 6:18 am
    ME Strauss said

    Hi Karin!
    It was the brilliance of Char’s post that evolved into this project — no doubt about that. I was writing about her post and what I learned from it, when suddenly, I was writing about how more folks should offer a metaphor.

    I’ve read a few already and each is uniquely about the blogger who wrote it. Of course, were I to write one, my own would have to be “my father’s saloon.”

    I’m with you. I don’t particularly like memes or tagging people. Those tags are a response. And I’m making a point to do fewer and fewer. :)

  8. May 29th, 2007 at 6:55 am
    Karin H. said

    Hi Liz

    Your note on ‘my father’s saloon’ has given me my own idea.
    I’ll be back ;-)

    (And as an ‘amateur’ writer I prefer writing projects to tags anyway) ;-)

    Karin H.

  9. May 29th, 2007 at 6:57 am
    ME Strauss said

    Hi Karin,
    That’s so cool. What I was thinking when I wrote about my metaphor being my dad’s saloon was “I wonder whether this comment will spark ideas for anyone.” I’m delighted that it did. :)

  10. May 29th, 2007 at 7:55 am
    Robert Hruzek said

    Howdy, Liz! This is going to be fun, reading everyone’s stories. Very nice idea.

    Everyone writes from the position of their own expertise, right? Your father’s saloon, Char’s market, Derrick’s pizza… I might just have to write about bridges (you remember our bridges, don’t you? :)

    I think Karin’s right – this is WAY more interesting than most memes, and seems much more reader-friendly, too. I think.

  11. May 29th, 2007 at 8:02 am
    ME Strauss said

    Hi Robert!
    It was an idea that made itself happen. Those seem to be the very best kind. We could learn so much about each other as well as about blogging.

    I love that you’re going to write about bridges. That’s so cool. That will make your post special to me. I so remember our first conversation on the phone, talking about the bridges in Chicago. I still have pictures in my head of what I imagined as we talked.

    This project will take us inside blogging in a whole new way. The energy and elegance of a simple and good idea is that it reveals itself in bits. What fun finding out how it takes form. :)

  12. May 29th, 2007 at 8:38 am
    What’s Your Metaphor? said

    [...] Inspired by my post “How do you explain blogging to your Mom?“, Liz Strauss at Successful Blog has decided to have a Group Writing Project called What’s your blogging metaphor. [...]

  13. May 29th, 2007 at 10:43 am
    Wendy Piersall said

    Very interesting that this would come up today. I have had a metaphor post cooking in my mind for the last two days. :) It shall be posted sooner rather than later now thanks to your request!

  14. May 29th, 2007 at 10:48 am
    ME Strauss said

    Hi Wendy!
    Synchronicity!! YEA! Thank you for being part. That is so cool!

  15. May 29th, 2007 at 11:24 am
    derrick sorles-web 2.0 consultant said

    Hey Liz! What a great idea! This past winter, I said BLOGGERS ARE A LOT LIKE PIGEONS in how we interact we each other. And a lot of people related with that. And at SOBCon, it was David Armano that got me thinking about all the creativity and drive we have as personal publishers and writers.So I think we have a lot in common with chefs – and pizza makers! It will be great to read about all the thoughts and ideas!

  16. May 29th, 2007 at 11:41 am
    ME Strauss said

    Hi Derrick!
    You are such a fun one! I love the way you can see the relationships, just twist your view a bit and come up with a new view of the world. :)

  17. May 29th, 2007 at 2:41 pm
    Mike said

    Thanks for giving me the opportunity to share my blogging metaphor “Feeding on Plankton!”

  18. May 29th, 2007 at 3:16 pm
    Lara said

    Hiya! Here’s my contribution to the project:

    Blogging Is… A County Fair
    http://www.crunchymustard.com/index.php/2007/05/29/blogging-isa-county-fair/

    Hope you like it!

  19. May 29th, 2007 at 3:44 pm
    ME Strauss said

    HI Mike!
    Welcome! I can’t wait to read about “Plankton!” Thanks for taking part.

  20. May 29th, 2007 at 3:47 pm
    ME Strauss said

    Hi Lara!
    A County Fair. I come from where there are lots of those! That’s a great metaphor for blogging. :)

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  24. May 31st, 2007 at 10:59 am
    gl hoffman said

    Great idea Liz! http://blogs.jobdig.com/wwds
    what would dad say.

    best~GL Hoffman

  25. May 31st, 2007 at 12:48 pm
    The First Submissions: Your Blogging Metaphors - Liz Strauss at Successful Blog - Thinking, writing, business ideas . . . You’re only a stranger once. said

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  26. May 31st, 2007 at 1:08 pm
    Dawud Miracle said

    Thanks for starting this up. I had a lot of fun writing about how blogging is like a conga line.

  27. May 31st, 2007 at 2:37 pm
    ME Strauss said

    Hi Dawud!
    Each one is a new look at what we’ve been doing. It’s so exciting!

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  29. June 1st, 2007 at 1:45 pm
    Roger Anderson said

    Liz,
    My post is at
    here

    but in case you need it – Teaching by Bits (and Bytes)

    Great idea, great fun

  30. June 1st, 2007 at 7:15 pm
    ME Strauss said

    Hi Roger,
    Thanks for being part and thanks for letting me know. Gotcha! :)

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  33. June 4th, 2007 at 8:11 am
    Roberta said

    I’ve posted my entry here.

    Hope you like and thanks for having a cool writing project!

    Roberta

  34. June 4th, 2007 at 9:49 am
    ME Strauss said

    Hi Roberta!
    Welcome and nice to meet you!
    Thanks for being a part of the project. This is turning out so fun!

  35. June 4th, 2007 at 10:13 am
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  36. June 4th, 2007 at 10:16 am
    J.T Dabbagian said

    I think it’s cool, but be careful: Metaphors can really make what you’re trying to explain sound more vague then actually explaining the concept directly.

    Manual trackback in case it doesn’t make it:
    Blogging is like dancing on top of an iceberg, and other Metaphors

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  40. June 6th, 2007 at 11:18 am
    Mihaela Lica said

    Well, this is a good one. Count me in. :) Do we have a deadline?

  41. June 6th, 2007 at 2:34 pm
    ME Strauss said

    Hi Mihaela!
    I pushed the deadline until the 11th of June. :)

    I can’t wait to see what you write. :)

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  45. June 8th, 2007 at 5:36 am
    Lillie Ammann said

    The metaphors posted so far are amazing. My effort is now posted.

  46. June 8th, 2007 at 9:08 am
    ME Strauss said

    Hi Lillie,
    Thank you for taking part! I agree these are really fun to read. Can’t wait to get to yours. :)

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  48. June 8th, 2007 at 7:08 pm
    Laura said

    When is the deadline? I have a feeling that I missed out on this one.

  49. June 9th, 2007 at 12:52 am
    ME Strauss said

    Hi Laura,
    You still have time. I’m not stopping until June 11th when I gget home from NYC. :)

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  51. June 10th, 2007 at 12:55 am
    The Junky's Wife said

    I’m playing the group writing project game. This one was fun!

    http://www.thejunkyswife.com/2007/06/whats-your-blogging-metaphor.html

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  56. June 11th, 2007 at 1:11 pm
    Denise said

    I am having a blast reading all of these great metaphors. Here is my entry and it was so much fun to write!

    http://internetmarketingreview.org/blog/2007/06/11/why-blogging-is-like-fishing/

  57. June 11th, 2007 at 1:14 pm
    ME Strauss said

    Hi Denise!
    It’s a such fun to see how versatile we all are and that we have such diverse ways of describing something we have in common! Yeah!

    I’m having a blast too! :)

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  65. July 30th, 2007 at 11:30 pm
    Ryan said

    i just found this metaphore cuz im bored out of my mind and thinking of reality:

    My life is a lost highway, i can do a U turn and go to the past, and fix my mistakes, or i can just continu straight up to no where

  66. July 30th, 2007 at 11:56 pm
    ME Strauss said

    Ryan,
    I’m sorry. Maybe you should do more than read my blog. . . .

  67. November 16th, 2007 at 12:15 pm
    m07 said

    great post.its amazing how different we are in the same common thing.

  68. November 16th, 2007 at 3:04 pm
    ME Strauss said

    Hi M07!
    Welcome. This is a fun one. I agree! We’ve all got our way to translate, which means that we should be able to explain to most folks in some way. :)

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