Be weird until the rest of the world catches up.

Seven years ago, when I talked to publishers about turning my blog into a book, they thought I was weird.

I wasn’t a pioneer. By 2008, other people had parlayed a blog into a book, but it wasn’t common yet. The idea that a blogger could be an author was still a little untested. Even when I convinced a publisher to give me my first book deal, radio stations acted surprised when I told them my writing career started with a blog.

It was weird.

A lot has changed in seven years. We no longer say “cyber café” for instance. We collectively decided to stop ever using that phrase. Our computers became phones became tablets became watches.

Turning a blog into a book is no longer unusual either. There’s even an entire section of Barnes & Noble dedicated to books that are, “From Web to Page.”

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What does that mean? It means it took the world a little while to catch up to the weird.

That’s always the case with something new, different or unusual.

Maybe what you’re working on is weird. Nobody has done it quite like you. It would be easier to conform to how it’s always been done. Ordinary seems simpler sometimes.

Weird can be exhausting when so many people doubt you.

But we’re full up on ordinary. We’ve got supplies of common to last a lifetime. The storehouses of boring are shelved to the ceiling.

Weird?

That’s in short supply.

We need more weird.

So keep being weird.

Approach whatever it is you’re working on with your sense of style, your sense of adventure, your sense of weird.

It might take seven years for the world to recognize it, but that’s OK.

Be weird until the rest of the world catches up.

p.s. My new book Do Over will help you be weird in the best possible way.

7 Comments
  • Paul S
    Posted at 07:09h, 05 May Reply

    In reading this post about wierd eventually being the new normal it made me think of a couple books by Seth Godin, “Prurple Cow” and “The Big Moo.” All of this ties together so well. Normal is boring and boring is unsafe. It takes this idea of being wierd to cause a disruption, to start something remarkable, and to bring about needed change. “Do Over” really does give some great groundwork and some fantastic ideas to start a process of being wierd, which isn’t boring, but actually so so needed.

  • Jill Barlow
    Posted at 08:03h, 05 May Reply

    I am PROUD of my weirdness! I too, want to turn my blog into a book one day. Thanks for the post!

  • David Mike
    Posted at 09:51h, 05 May Reply

    It’s funny that when I joined the Start Experiment and said I wanted to write a book, everyone said I needed to start a blog, then write the book. Funny how things change.

  • Krithika Rangarajan
    Posted at 11:41h, 05 May Reply

    You just get better with every post, don’t ya? 😉

    LOVE this message, Jon #EmbraceYourWeird

    Kitto

  • Shawn Washburn
    Posted at 11:51h, 05 May Reply

    “But we’re full up on ordinary. We’ve got supplies of common to last a lifetime. The storehouses of boring are shelved to the ceiling.” I love this!

    I’ve always been drawn to the work of those who dare to try something different, to share their unique style and gifts with the world. In the last six months, I’ve read and researched so much before starting my blog. And there have been many times since I got going a few months back that I’ve been pounding my head on the keyboard because I don’t feel like I fit into some of the molds that I’ve been studying. So, I’ve gone back to what got me inspired in the first place and found that I’m enjoying “the gift of invisibility” right now and allowing myself to just write and create the way that I was designed to, even if it doesn’t fit. For me, that is my “normal”. It’s natural and where I feel in my groove.

  • Stacy Voss
    Posted at 18:53h, 06 May Reply

    Ah, finally! My kids always tell me I’m weird and now I have some backing to give credibility to it!!

  • SherryA
    Posted at 00:43h, 07 May Reply

    Thank you. This has given me a strange sense of peace about writing a different children’s book.

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