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What Bloggers Can Learn from my Favorite TV Shows

Lately I haven’t watched a lot of television, for a couple of years actually now I think about it. But, thanks to my handy satellite dish and DVR (Sky+ for the locals) I do keep up with some of the latest geek viewing.

This is lucky because Ben over at Blogging Experiment has got a meme started that combines your fave TV shows and blogging. What geek could pass up that?

post one lesson bloggers can learn from their favorite TV show. Each person then tags another 5 people and the chain continues.

OK, let’s have a think. What can I learn from my current viewing on the telly tubes?

Battlestar Galactica

As a kid I loved the original, for me it was the Star Wars TV show that never was. The new series is more grown up (sexy Cylons!).

What can bloggers learn? Careful how you mess with a winning formula.

First there was Galactica 80, a terrible idea that I shudder to think about even now, the characters found earth and the stories became educational and full of kids. We tuned in to watch space ships shoot each other and instead were given super kids playing basket ball. Woeful.

Then there was the new BSG series reboot at the end of Season 2 where they settled on a planet and called it home. I actually enjoyed the New Caprica storyline but many fans were appalled and felt betrayed. Many said the writers were changing things just to mess with the fans heads. For many the whole idea was a fleet of spaceships trying to find Earth and battling the Cylon enemy, this was too big a change and not what they signed on for.

If you are considering a radical shift in your blog, think carefully. Would it be more appropriate to start a new blog for a different audience rather than disenfranchise your current readers? You might well believe you are doing the right thing but it could be a disaster unless you explain the changes well. It is so easy to just stop reading (or viewing) and many will not give your new scheme a chance.

Journeyman

Journeyman is a new series where the main character travels through time helping people. Kind of like a new version of Quantum Leap without the body snatching.

What can bloggers learn? Sometimes you can be too niche.

I love the how but apparently not enough people agree with me. They have chosen not to buy more episodes, effectively killing it before it got going. Fans are trying to petition for a reprieve but even the writer isn’t optimistic.

Sometimes even the best implemented ideas do not garner a massive following. You have to work out what success means for you, is it a small but passionate fan base or a huge but more loosely affiliated audience?

Heroes

Heroes is a TV series about ordinary people who discover they have extraordinary abilities.

What can bloggers learn? If you build anticipation, make sure you deliver.

With each episode of the first season the anticipation and expectations about the finale built. Excitement was at its maximum right up to the supposed climax … which turned out to be a huge disappointment. Fans were very upset and the boards were alight with a backlash. The new season started badly too which added to the bad vibe in forums. Personally I can forgive the poor season 1 finale and actually enjoyed what I have seen of the second season, but many fans see it as fumbled opportunity.

I always recommend under promising and over delivering. Many bloggers want to create excitement, anticipation and hype. Just remember that huge expectations require massive rewards. Can you deliver the goods to live up to the build up?

Those are my lessons from favorite TV shows. What are yours? Do you agree with me or disagree? Do you hate my choice of viewing? Share your thoughts in the comments :)

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  1. The Heroes lesson is something I can learn from (plus I love the show). You can find little notes all over my blog with promises like “I’m writing this article…” or “Re-design coming soon…” and nothing actually happens for a long time, if at all.

  2. The Heroes lesson is something I can learn from (plus I love the show). You can find little notes all over my blog with promises like “I’m writing this article…” or “Re-design coming soon…” and nothing actually happens for a long time, if at all.

  3. What this illustrates is that inspiration and lessons can be all around us, we just have to get our minds into a state which they can see them.

    Not checked out Journeyman yet.

  4. What this illustrates is that inspiration and lessons can be all around us, we just have to get our minds into a state which they can see them.

    Not checked out Journeyman yet.

  5. @Mike – I have fallen into the same trap. One of my resolutions this year is to just do stuff ;)

    @Lyndoman – Yup, this is why I often recommend people read, get out of the house or switch on the idiot box when they are stuck for something to write about. I think a big part of intelligence is combining ideas to form or inform a new one.

  6. @Mike – I have fallen into the same trap. One of my resolutions this year is to just do stuff ;)

    @Lyndoman – Yup, this is why I often recommend people read, get out of the house or switch on the idiot box when they are stuck for something to write about. I think a big part of intelligence is combining ideas to form or inform a new one.

  7. Cheers for your choices – love ‘em. Here are mine.

    John Doe: A television series (no longer playing) about a man who is a walking encyclopedia and knows everything – but can’t remember who he is.

    What bloggers can learn: Remember that you have a brain and don’t have to rely on other people to think for you.

    Lost: People are stranded on an island after an airplane crash .

    What bloggers can learn: Not all is as it seems.

  8. Cheers for your choices – love ‘em. Here are mine.

    John Doe: A television series (no longer playing) about a man who is a walking encyclopedia and knows everything – but can’t remember who he is.

    What bloggers can learn: Remember that you have a brain and don’t have to rely on other people to think for you.

    Lost: People are stranded on an island after an airplane crash .

    What bloggers can learn: Not all is as it seems.

  9. Ooh, spooky, just last night I posted about the marketing lesson you can learn from The Apprentice (more specifically, from Gene Simmons’s earlier wins and last night’s firing).

  10. Ooh, spooky, just last night I posted about the marketing lesson you can learn from The Apprentice (more specifically, from Gene Simmons’s earlier wins and last night’s firing).

  11. Great shows Chris – here are mine:

    1) The Biggest Loser – TV show about a group of unhealthy, overweight people overcoming personal obstacles and driving themselves to reach a healthy weight and better lifestyle.

    Blogger Takeaway: Sometimes the motivation of others is all you need to get yourself writing and doing what you have to do. The blogosphere is a great community above all else.

    2) American Gladiators – ok, ok, a somewhat cheesy show featuring regular everyday people going up against “gladiators” in an obstacle course set up.

    Blogger takeaway: At the end, the 2 contestants go up against each other in a winner take all scenario. In the blog world, even if you were slow to start blogging, you can still be successful and have a good time getting in the know.

    I like Lost and Heroes too btw :)

  12. Great shows Chris – here are mine:

    1) The Biggest Loser – TV show about a group of unhealthy, overweight people overcoming personal obstacles and driving themselves to reach a healthy weight and better lifestyle.

    Blogger Takeaway: Sometimes the motivation of others is all you need to get yourself writing and doing what you have to do. The blogosphere is a great community above all else.

    2) American Gladiators – ok, ok, a somewhat cheesy show featuring regular everyday people going up against “gladiators” in an obstacle course set up.

    Blogger takeaway: At the end, the 2 contestants go up against each other in a winner take all scenario. In the blog world, even if you were slow to start blogging, you can still be successful and have a good time getting in the know.

    I like Lost and Heroes too btw :)

  13. You forgot American Gladiators. What can bloggers learn? Repackaging an old model for a new audience will work wonders for your blog…and sustain Hulk Hogan in the limelight.

  14. You forgot American Gladiators. What can bloggers learn? Repackaging an old model for a new audience will work wonders for your blog…and sustain Hulk Hogan in the limelight.

  15. Hulk Hogan is amazing. I just wrote a post about the things I learned from Teletubbies on my blog. Imagine what would happen if you put Hogan and Teletubbies together? Unbeatable!

  16. Hulk Hogan is amazing. I just wrote a post about the things I learned from Teletubbies on my blog. Imagine what would happen if you put Hogan and Teletubbies together? Unbeatable!

  17. You forgot the original Star Trek was killed off before it had time to blossom. Followed by one of the most successful franchises in the entertainment industry.

    Don’t kill off an idea too early some ideas take a while to gather their full potential and when they do they can sometimes really surprise you.

  18. You forgot the original Star Trek was killed off before it had time to blossom. Followed by one of the most successful franchises in the entertainment industry.

    Don’t kill off an idea too early some ideas take a while to gather their full potential and when they do they can sometimes really surprise you.

  19. HR Pufnstuff and old show that I enjoyed as a kid, now my daughter absolutely loves it.

    Sometimes an old idea can be profitable with a new audience.

  20. HR Pufnstuff and old show that I enjoyed as a kid, now my daughter absolutely loves it.

    Sometimes an old idea can be profitable with a new audience.

  21. Good lesson here, Chris, especially with regard to Journeyman (which I loved). I like this post: it’s a very creative way of applying practical lessons for bloggers via pop culture. Cool stuff. :)

  22. Good lesson here, Chris, especially with regard to Journeyman (which I loved). I like this post: it’s a very creative way of applying practical lessons for bloggers via pop culture. Cool stuff. :)

  23. Thanks for participating Chris. Those are some great lessons as well. If anyone else blogs along these lines be sure to let me know and I’ll give you a link from my blog.

  24. Thanks for participating Chris. Those are some great lessons as well. If anyone else blogs along these lines be sure to let me know and I’ll give you a link from my blog.

  25. Interesting, Tony–I’d also say there’s an X-Files corollary in knowing when it’s time to kill off a highly successful model because you’ve said everything you have to say.

  26. Interesting, Tony–I’d also say there’s an X-Files corollary in knowing when it’s time to kill off a highly successful model because you’ve said everything you have to say.

  27. I agree with Sonia… “spooky” I just did a blogging lessons learned from X-files article for a project I was working on. But mine had four or five points. Weird. There must be some secret TV vibe going around. I don’t watch any of the shows above (sorry) but had to comment because the coincidence is a little (very) odd; timing wise.

  28. I agree with Sonia… “spooky” I just did a blogging lessons learned from X-files article for a project I was working on. But mine had four or five points. Weird. There must be some secret TV vibe going around. I don’t watch any of the shows above (sorry) but had to comment because the coincidence is a little (very) odd; timing wise.

  29. Bones – A rather typical FBI agent teams up with a group of scientists to solve murders.

    There are always new (and strange) ways to kill people. A lot of times the methods are cultural rituals. Just when I think a writer must have had a weird nightmare, it’s explained away.

    Takeaway – some of the strangest, and therefore, most interesting, things happen right outside our doors, and are there for the taking. We don’t have to spend hours thinking up creative new stuff, we just have to observe our culture.

    NCIS – Love the show, love the mysteries they come up with, but more than that, love the characters & their relationships.

    Takeaway – It’s about people. If my readers can’t connect with me, what will keep them coming back? Am I growing & changing, evolving even, or am I the same as I was when I started blogging?

    Almost any HGTV show – Things can always be improved upon. And it doesn’t always take huge amounts of cash (that $339.99 that will improve your writing, tell you what headlines to use, guarantee your SEO optimization, get you FREE government money, and detail your car isn’t always necessary). Sometimes a creative vision, hard work and good helpers are all that’s necessary.

  30. Bones – A rather typical FBI agent teams up with a group of scientists to solve murders.

    There are always new (and strange) ways to kill people. A lot of times the methods are cultural rituals. Just when I think a writer must have had a weird nightmare, it’s explained away.

    Takeaway – some of the strangest, and therefore, most interesting, things happen right outside our doors, and are there for the taking. We don’t have to spend hours thinking up creative new stuff, we just have to observe our culture.

    NCIS – Love the show, love the mysteries they come up with, but more than that, love the characters & their relationships.

    Takeaway – It’s about people. If my readers can’t connect with me, what will keep them coming back? Am I growing & changing, evolving even, or am I the same as I was when I started blogging?

    Almost any HGTV show – Things can always be improved upon. And it doesn’t always take huge amounts of cash (that $339.99 that will improve your writing, tell you what headlines to use, guarantee your SEO optimization, get you FREE government money, and detail your car isn’t always necessary). Sometimes a creative vision, hard work and good helpers are all that’s necessary.

  31. Awesome meme, good lessons too. Particularly about building hype but be not be able to back it up. A lesson I learned the hard way.

  32. Awesome meme, good lessons too. Particularly about building hype but be not be able to back it up. A lesson I learned the hard way.