5 Things Bloggers Can Learn From Action Movies

You might be scratching your head at my title. Yes – us bloggers can learn a little something from our favorite action movies. The first being –

1. Pacing

Action MoviesAction movies aren’t slow, and if they’re slow, you change the channel. If you spend more than 5 minutes wondering why you’re hearing about this secondary character and his moral issues robbing a bank, the yawns begin. It’s the same thing with blogging. If you spend more than oh, 200 words talking circles around a topic, or not even making it clear what your topic is, a) you’re probably not a very good writer and b) your readers will have gone elsewhere. Be succinct.

2. KISS

No, not the band – but “Keep it simple, stupid!” The plot of an action movie is straightforward, and usually there are very few surprises. Neither is it extremely complicated or convoluted. The same goes for your blog posts. Keep your language streamlined, and don’t jump around between 5 different topics on one post. If you want to cover a few different topics in a day, simply write a few posts. Clarity is quite important when your audience usually has a very short attention span.

The only exception to this rule is if you set out to write a dense, meandering, philosophical blog. Then you’re ok – nobody will probably read your blog, but as long as you enjoy it….

3. Sex Sells

And no, I’m not suggesting you write a blog dedicated to pornography. What I am suggesting is figure out what the hot topics are to your audience (hopefully those hot topics will be things that you are interested in as well, because if they aren’t, well, what kind of blog are you running that you aren’t interested in the topics you write about?) and write about those. Whether you’re writing a travel blogs and the attractive topics at the moment are equatorial islands because it’s winter or travel deals because the economy sucks, take the time to figure out what works for your audience, and cater to it. Mind you, it’s a little different in action movies, because usually there are just very attractive women in very little clothing, but hey, I got your attention, didn’t I?

4. Be Controversial

Action movies usually do this because their heroes (or villains) typify one stereotype or another…or just because, well, they have no tact. You can translate this a little bit more gracefully in your blog by not being afraid to take a stance and defend it. Say what you mean and mean what you say – don’t be a politician or try to play to both sides.

5. Go Cliffdiving

This is more of a practical point of advice for bloggers, but doing a series of blogs are ok – as long as it’s painfully obvious that the blog post is going to be continued somehow, that there is a main point that needs to be unraveled, or an argument still to be made. I make this point with action movies because it is when action movies are syndicated (think Fast and Furious) the directors are so painfully obvious about the fact that they are going to milk as much money as they can out of this production. Do the same – sometimes it’s ok to string along your audience or break up your argument.

These are just a few things we can learn from our favorite action movie heroes. What would you add to the list?

This article is written by Celia Rees. She is a writer and dancer. If you wish to write for us, kindly check this.

5 Things Bloggers Can Learn From “3 Idiots” Movie

3 idiotsThe movie 3 Idiots was a blockbuster with ever making laughter scenes but there were also moments when we could learn something from it. Although the movie released quite long ago but this article got into my mind when I recently saw the movie. I hope everyone here would have seen it!

If not, I recommend you to do it once and you will not regret it. Movies are really an inspiration for people, especially for freelancers and bloggers. If you have read our post – What Bloggers & Geeks Can Learn From Movies, you’ll know why. Below you can see the 5 things bloggers can learn from 3 Idiots movie.

1. Gain Knowledge Anywhere

Aamir was a poor lad in his childhood but had the passion to learn. He went to school and sat in class he wanted to, by just getting old set of uniform. It may not work out in reality but still the lesson he wanted to teach is clear “ If you have the will to learn, there is a way”. As bloggers we have lots of thing that can be learned everyday by just going through some blogs and sites. Not only will this help us gain knowledge but also give us a source to write an article.

2. Be Innovative

All through out his college life, Aamir Khan criticized the system which was being used in his college. There was no room for innovations,but wanted innovations rather than just studying what had been invented earlier and mastering that. Blogging is no different either! If you post the same old content which is available all around that is definitely not going to work. Be innovative in what ever you write and do, be a trend setter and let the world follow you. If you are lacking behind in success, try to be innovative and take an extra element of risk which will give you better chance of succeeding.

3. Never Run Behind Success

I loved the wording where he said “Success ke peeche mat bagho, balki success tumhare peeche baghne do” (Don’t run behind success, let success run behind you). If you want to become popular and successful in a hurry,then you are actually pressurizing yourself and creating distractions in your road to success. Be gentle and follow the basics which will give you success for sure with just a little hard work and determination.

4. Be Crisp and Clear in the way you write

One of the most humorous scenes surely is the Mechanical lab where he is asked to define ‘What is a machine’. He answers it in simple wordings which is crisp and clear but the professor doesn’t like it. That is not the case in blogging! People like crisp and clear writing which is easily understandable. You are not writing for a single category of people in your blog but to a variety. So, it is always better to write in a manner which people can easily make up.

5. Do what you want

The movie at the end showed us how an Excellent Photographer (Madhavan) was forced to study Engineering, which he could not study well because of the lack in interest. Aamir Khan then convinced him to become a good Wildlife photographer than just an ordinary Engineer. You also need to make a decision in blogging and take the right one. You may have to take decisions for the following

Do you really want to be a blogger?

My Opinion: If no, quit it and do what you like than wasting time on it.

Do I need to write on niche which is more likely to fetch me traffic?

My Opinion: No, you should write in areas of your interest. People on loving your work will automatically make it a big one.

These are just some but you may have many. Think about it and do make right decisions for better blogging career.