3 Tips for Giving Tips

If the title didn’t give it away, this post is going to be a snarky one. It’s the Friday of a long week, and my breakfast was three veggie dumplings and half of a Mr. Pibb consumed in traffic. Love me anyway.

Somewhere in Cyberland, the tip was given to bloggers that all blogs/posts are more compelling when you use numbers and any of the following words: tips, tricks, fads, trends, steps, ideas, DIY, projects, rules, suggestions, fashion…you get the idea. Everything recently in the blogesphere follows this pattern.

Case in point:Screen Shot 2013-11-08 at 8.46.00 AMThis is a screenshot of the top results for a Google search I did about “blogs that give tips.” I know, I know, first world problems. It’s just so prevalent that I had to say something about it.

And join in. Here are my tips for giving tips:

1) Drink first. I don’t think that needs an explanation.

2) Consider that while you’re one of roughly 7 billion people and about 4 billion of those don’t have access to clean water, let alone a laptop, you’re also incredibly unique in a universe where the odds that you in your exact formation would grow and live was indescribably small. So when you chose what you say, remember that you are stardust…incredibly privileged startdust. Write accordingly.

write a book 33) You know you have today. And that’s all you know. If there’s something you want to do, why in the hell aren’t you doing it? Who cares if it looks like 14 million other people already got there? They’re not you. Go be you.

Happy Friday. Don’t text and drive. Seriously. Don’t.

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