I was thinking the other day about successful organizations, blogs, and the like. Successful organizations or publications are not created in isolation but thrive with constant interactions, review, and comparisons to like activities. Negotiations happen all the time and often there are more than one point of view that could work. Success happens when you move to implement a great solution.
But some of us shut down such input because of harder to define reasons. We have to ask ourselves, what are we not willing to consider and why?
So in the case of a band, even a band that caters to swing dance clubs on occasions, I won’t consider doing polkas. I’ve played in Big Bands that do polkas and even waltzes, but that’s not where I want to be. But you know what, in those other bands, when you play a polka, every man, child, and grandma gets up and dances. It’s amazing how popular that stuff is.
When I’m blogging, I consider:
‘off the table’. But does that make sense—am I just taking the easy way out? Do big breakthroughs come from doing something that everyone else says is off the table? Maybe my audience would grow if I strayed from my formula just a bit.
I’d like to have some success in blogging and combos, my passions du jour. As it is today, my blog helps me to keep track of things that interest me and/or ideas I might want to delve into later. My bands, yes plural, are opportunities for me to play music with people more talented than me but still play the music I like. I really don’t dwell upon what the audience or my blog posse would enjoy. What is ‘off the table’ for you?