Back then I was newly married. My bride and I moved into a townhouse on the edge of the San Antonio city limits. This was our first married “home.”
The small cluster of townhomes we lived in were surrounded by scrub brush and undeveloped land. Kittens and unwanted pets were frequently abandoned on the lonely stretch of road outside our complex. One of those little kittens adopted us. We named him “Calvin” after the little boy in Bill Watterson’s comic strip.
So why was this comic strip so endearing? Why would people name their pets after the characters in the strip?
“I just tried to write honestly, and I tried to make this little world fun to look at, so people would take the time to read it. That was the full extent of my concern.“
So many people write blogs showing people they’re an expert. “I’m your go-to-guy or gal” for “this expertise” or “that service.” We work hard producing blog posts and materials telling the world, “I know what I’m talking about.” “You should use my services.”
But through all our chest thumping and all our clatter and all our trumpet blaring, we sometimes lose our humanity.
The Calvin and Hobbes comic strip was very human. The stories were real. They rang true. Bill Watterson worked at writing and drawing honestly. That is why I believe the comic strip was so successful.
When you write your blog are you telling the quiet personal stories that illustrate your points? Are you telling people how you screwed up and the lesson you learned from your screw up? Are you laughing at yourself in your blog posts? Are you letting people know who you are personally? Are you sharing yourself?
Be bold fellow bloggers. Share your personal stories. Write “honestly.” Show your humanity in your blog.