I have a good friend that has a site selling Hawaiian Shirts and related stuff. We arent old chums from high school, not buds from the bar. Weve never formally met actually (my 21st century reality). We met at a forum discussing what else but SEO. Generally speaking my forum and community activities within the SEO industry are part of my everyday business activities. Not an endeavor to win a popularity contest. So how did this one slip through and become a friend?
Its about the passion
You see, we both have more than a passing fancy in SEO and internet marketing in general. We spend a great deal of time chatting about all aspects of it and by all accounts, have a pretty good time doing it. Even though he is NOT in the SEO industry himself. On to the point here - I went by his BlogLog and noticed he had said I practice the art of SEO what a hoot!
This started me thinking about some of the other aspects of my life, Martial Arts and Music, specifically. Both of which certainly qualify as 'Art Form' in their respective disciplines. I have honed my craft in each of those arenas for more than 20 years
and lasted that long with the graces of my internal drive my passion.
Passion is the loins share of the pursuit of any art form. So how to apply this to SEO was my next step.
I decided to have a look around me and see what commonalities my SEO world has in common with my other Art Forms. Can I possibly derive anything from the equation? Let us see, I shall list the qualities of my personal Art of SEO
. I call it;
Huo Ma Fa the Way of the Fire Horse
A desire to be great at what I do lofty goals
Competitive nature thrill of the chase
Undying fascination with the technical aspects
Creativity in approach and execution
Determination to survive adversity
The desire to teach and pass on the knowledge
Seeking to do a common thing in an uncommon way
Feeling a deep pride in my Art form
Is it Work or an Art Form?
So have I crossed that threshold from business to personal? It seems I may have. Once I get my head past all the Hype surrounding it, I might start to enjoy my new Art even more. Be sure to sit back and look around your professional life as well; see where your Art Form is. It could be something to build on
Who knows? It got me thinking at least.
Man, talk about an identity crisis - a little order with my chaos, if you please.