Blogging Is Like A Flea Market

hells_kitchen_flea_market[1]Daily Prompt: Tagline

Often, our blogs have taglines. But what if humans did, too? What would your tagline be?

Maybe it’s just me (and it usually is), but isn’t blogging like going to a flea market and setting up your own booth.

At first you don’t know exactly how you fit in or if you have the right product for the flea market crowd. Soon you realize that all kinds of people come to flea markets. After a while others begin to accept you and before long you are on the circuit.

The items you bring to the flea market are a specialty that maybe doesn’t attract a lot of buyers. You search around and find out what others bring and what customers buy. You make adjustments, but with your own twists. Your specialty items are always tucked away just waiting for that special customer.

I went to a flea market and became intrigued with an old man was showing his granddaughter how to sell the products. He didn’t know I was listening, but he was passing on information that would help that young lady make a go of things.

“Have a story for everything. That way they are buying not only the item, but a story or memory with it. Let me show you.”

A customer came to his booth and looked at a sewing basket.

“I bought that for my wife about two years before she passed. She carried that thing everywhere. A woman needs something like that around the house. Ah, you should have seen her, just as cute as could be. It’s like a man with his favorite tool box.”

He sold it – for twice what it was worth. He got paid more for his stories than I do.

That old man’s tag line might read, “You’re not only buying an item your buying the story with it.” (Sure he sold junk, but the stories and effort were priceless.)

“Maybe It’s Just Me…”

Blogs are flea markets. Sometimes you spin a little yarn to sell what you’re really up to.

The point made is that everybody has their niche. I have always seen things a bit differently. What that means is that I’m not often right. I have often used this phrase, “Maybe it’s just me and it usually is.” It is a phrase born out of honest reflection and frustration. That would be my tag line.

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35 comments

  1. What a wonderful angle and idea on blogging. Exactly, it is a flea market, the customers all have their own tastes and trying to meet their tastes is one of the biggest adventures in blogging.

  2. I always say everyone has a story to tell. The flea market analogy is brilliant. I felt so lost when I joined the site and it took a while to catch on, even though I still don’t know how to do quite a number of things, ping backs being the top one.

  3. Maybe it IS just you, but your story sold me on the flea-market analogy. I always include links to four other posts when I publish my Daily Prompt post. I choose four that particularly engaged me for whatever reason. Yours made the cut. Maybe it’s just me, but I suspect my readers might particularly enjoy this.

  4. Love this analogy! And it is absolutely true. I am new to the blogging community but in the short while I’ve been here, I’ve definitely been trying to find some good stories to pass along with my “goods” lol

  5. I’m going to steel that – spin a little yarn to sell what I’m really after … my favorite post thus far 🙂 I was a little late in adding my two cents to this topic – but had to finally jump in. Cheers!

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