What Puff Daddy Taught Me About Blogging

Kyle Reed // @kylereed

I still remember where I was sitting when I found out that P Diddy’s (then Puff Daddy) version of Come With Me was not an original. It was the summer of 1998 and I was in a deep conversation with a friend about who was better, Puff Daddy or Mase (I think Puff won). I know, deep stuff. As he started to counter ever argument with “not an original song” I was quickly surprised to find out that most of Puff Daddy’s career was a fake. He either sang a cover or did a collaboration on a track, but never anything original. That was the day that rap music died for me. The day that I found out Puff Daddy was a fraud.

We can learn something from Puff Daddy when it comes to blogging: the art of the collaboration.

I wouldn’t say that puffy is a great rapper (not even mediocre would probably describe him) but he does know what sells and what has potential. Because of this skill he has been able to do a lot of amazing things. The art of collaboration is all about figuring out ow your strengths can interact with others strengths.

The same can be said about blogging.

A blog is a community of people that center around a subject and add in thoughts, ideas, and reflections. When a blog losses its blogginess (ya thats a word) it losses the art of the collaboration. Because blogging is is not about you, it is about sharing. Sure the ideas come from your head and out to the people, but it is about doing what you do well and then collaborating with others in conversation and discussion.

A great blog is one that can cause you to think then act.

Who can you start collaborating with to make a “hit”?




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I create websites, conversations, and ideas. Advocate for the 20 somethings. Looking to connect everyone to a mentor. Married to my best friend, Ginny. I like my coffee black and my dog Jack. I currently live in Nashville and work at Sony Music/Provident in Nashville
  • http://theperkinsblog.net Michael

    There are two guys I’d love to start doing something with, because I think that all three of us have something different to offer.

    • http://thoughtsaboutnothing.com Kyle Reed

      dude, go for it. I would love to see what you all could do.

      Do they know?

  • http://ichrch.com Rich Langton

    It’s true on so many levels!! I definitely need to get better at collaborating, with my blog and in general. Collaboration… it’s the way of the future!!

    • http://thoughtsaboutnothing.com Kyle Reed

      exactly and it is very life giving.

  • http://goinswriter.com/ Jeff Goins

    Great thoughts, Kyle. I’m learning how true this is – especially when it comes to networking. By collaborating with someone else, it often opens up an opportunity to connect with that person’s network (that is, if you add value to what they’re doing and they want introduce you to some of their connections).

    That said, as a die-hard Led Zeppelin fan, my heart broke when “Come with me” came out, and everyone praised Puff Daddy, while forgetting the real genius behind the music – Jimmy Page. *SIGH*

    Something that I’d REALLY like to see more of these days (especially in the music and movie industries) is less copying of what was done a generation ago and more creative collaboration (i.e. instead of a remake, do something new). I know that nothing is TRULY new, but it seems like we’re living in an age of reproduction. I’d love to see more artisanship.

    • http://thoughtsaboutnothing.com Kyle Reed

      yes me too, and the same can be said with blogging as well, more artisanship