Blogging And Fishing Similarities
Blogging and Fishing Are More Similar Than You May Think.
Blogging and fishing may seem like complete opposites. Blogging is done indoors. Fishing is done outdoors. Blogging uses a pen (or a pencil…or a keyboard). Fishing uses a rod (or a spear…or a net).
Another major perceived difference between the two is that blogging is thought of as a more mental pursuit, while fishing is thought of as a more physical pursuit. But nothing in life is so black and white. Blogging and fishing have more in common than you might think.
Why compare blogging and fishing?You may be wondering why I am writing a post comparing blogging and fishing. It seems a bit on the random side. (Maybe it is, but I never claimed to be completely normal.)
Lately I’ve been a bit hooked (pun intended) on Animal Planet’s series River Monsters. It might be one of those guilty pleasure things. Some people might binge-watch an entire series of Mad Men. I binge-watch marathons of River Monsters. But anyways, the show is about “extreme angler” Jeremy Wade who travels the world, searching for the biggest and baddest freshwater fish. These fish are the river monsters.
It’s not just the fish.
During such a show, you might think that the hour-long time slot would allow for dozens of fish to be caught. I mean, there’s got to be a lot of editing going on there, right? I’m sure there is.
The surprising part though is the amount of time gone in to other parts of fishing. I’m using fishing as a general term here, since fishing is being done even when there isn’t a rod in the water.
What is done before the rod is cast?
- People are interviewed.
- Locations are scouted.
- Bait is prepared.
All this is done even before the line goes in the water. And once the line does go in the water? Well, then its time to wait…and wait…and wait some more. After all that, sometimes a fish is caught, sometimes it gets away and sometimes it gets snagged by a giant Cayman.
Catching some similarities.
Now that you have a basic background on the show and fishing, maybe you’ve even guessed some of the similarities between blogging and fishing.
Preparation and scouting.
A good blog post isn’t written without adequate research. I mean you could just write what first comes to mind and run with it. During times of great inspiration, this might work. But during times of less-than-adequate inspiration, it’s difficult.
Ideas can come from a variety of different places. Let’s get some advice on finding new ideas from fishing. (Just go with me on this.) When you’re searching for a river monster, you might survey the area and interview the locals. When you’re searching for a blog post topic, you might look at some things other people have been writing about. You might also do some research. See the connection?
Preparing the bait.
After you found all kinds of great information, you’ll need to choose how it’s presented. Will you make a narrative, a chart, a photo collage? It’s kind of like figuring out if you’ll feathered lure or a shiny lure or some sort of bait.
With your mode of presentation decided upon, you’re free to go off and write to your heart’s content. Funny as it might sound, the writing might be the easiest part of the whole blogging process. You’ve got all the inspiration and the information, so it’s just a matter of time before the fish come swimming over…
Waiting and waiting some more.
But it’s not always so easy. Hooking new readers takes time. The fisherman knows the importance of being patient. Just give the fish some time to bite.
It might seem like an eternity before someone swims over and decides whether to latch on to your post.
Getting the catch.
Yay! There’s been a bite! But that’s not the end of it all. You still need to get the fish into your boat (blog). It takes effort, but it’ll be well worth it in the end.
Blogging=fishing for readers.
Blogging and fishing are seeming a whole lot closer now, aren’t they? Both are dependent on good research and preparation. Both involve some downtime, but in the end you’ll be rewarded.
Bottom line: both take patience and perseverance.
[Featured image via flickr. chaukar/ Creative Commons]