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Last blog post

Over at For Bloggers By Bloggers, I offered up a new list of free blog topics to help you with ideas for your blog. There are ten topics to choose from, and it’s something we offer up as a thank-you to the For Bloggers By Bloggers community.

One of the topics suggested is If This Was My Last Blog Post, and its premise is wondering what you would say, if you knew it would be the last post you ever write (if you were to die). A little morbid, maybe, but I’m curious about these kind of things.

So, putting my money where my mouth is, here’s what I would write.

We Waste Too Much Precious Time

We always think we’re too busy to do the things we should be doing. We hang out on social networks; we stay late at the office, doing that one last report; we leave our kids in front of the TV while we read the paper or catch up on emails; and more.

Ask yourself if you really need to be doing these things, or if they can wait. Ask yourself the last time you spent quality time with your loved ones; children; or even just you, away from all the noise and distractions. You might be surprised at how freeing and rewarding it can be.

Don’t Be Afraid to Make Mistakes

As children, we’re unafraid to take risks. We see the world as one big adventure, and if we hurt ourselves along the way we simply shed some tears, get a kiss from our parent(s) and move on to the next adventure. It allows us to grow, because we know not to make the same mistake that hurt us in the first place.

Unfortunately, as adults, it seems like we’ve forgotten the art of learning from our mistakes. We stay with abusive partners; we accept shit from our boss instead of looking for a job where we’re valued; and we never take action on that one big idea we have, because everyone will think it’s stupid.

The thing is, though, we became the adults we are because we learned from our mistakes as children. And we turned out all right (mostly). There’s something to be said for that, no? Don’t be afraid to make mistakes – you’re only hurting yourselves if you do.

Thanks For All The Fish

Bloggers are a strange breed. We basically share our personal thoughts in public, looking for feedback and endorsement (or disagreement). It’s almost like reverse narcissism.

Yet from that weird approach, magical things happen. Communities are built; friendships are grown; mindsets are changed. And sometimes, just sometimes, movements are created from the springboard that a single blog post can create.

I’m incredibly biased, but I see you as one of the best communities on the web. You’ve never been afraid to challenge, whether that be my thoughts or that of other guest writers or commenters. You’ve discussed topics with respect for each other, and helped me grow as a person. Say what you want about online relationships, but you’re all as real and valued as anyone I know offline.

Thank you for being with me while I was on this little blogging journey. It would have been boring as hell without you, and maybe we can continue our conversations on the other side. Underworld+, anyone?

Takeaways and Wishful Thinking

I hope I’ve kept you entertained on this journey. I know I’ll miss everyone I’ve formed bonds and connections with, and I’ll be a little sad for not having the chance to meet more people I would probably be inspired by.

But I can’t complain. I’ve met wonderful people; experienced wonderful events; saw history being changed; and wouldn’t change a single thing. We spend too much time wishing things were different; but sometimes we just need to see the great things we already have because things aren’t different.

If there are any takeaways that I hope I can depart with, it’s that maybe, just maybe, this blog helped you realize you don’t need to be anyone else; that it’s okay to question popular opinion; and that having belief in your convictions is never out of fashion. And maybe gave you the odd bit of business advice along the way…

Take care, guys, and thanks for the memories!

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So, there you have it. My last blog post. I deliberately left out personal words to my family and loved ones, as that would be something just for them. This post – and the premise behind the topic – is for your swan song to your readers.

So – what would you say? Would love to hear your thoughts in the comments. Or, if you’re feeling really inspired, write your own post and either share it in the comments, or link back to the For Bloggers By Bloggers post so others can read too.

Look forward to being inspired.

image: gwilmore

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77 Comments on "If This Was My Last Blog Post"


Jane Binnion » My Last Ever Blog
1 year 4 months ago

[…] July, Danny Brown wrote If This Was My Last Blog Post and invited us to do the same. I left a comment saying I would think about mine while I was resting […]

janebinnion
3 years 5 months ago

Hi Danny, didnt meet the Falchettos sorry, but did write my blog, and really enjoyed pondering it all over a glass or two of chilled French white! Hope you enjoy it…My Last Ever Blog http://t.co/Nzsybcx

DannyBrown
3 years 7 months ago

We’re having a tweet-up early August – be there! ;-)

My latest conversation: http://dannybrown.me/2011/07/23/10-free-blog-topics-to-help-you-get-your-blog-on/

ginidietrich
3 years 7 months ago

I was thinking about this while I rode my bike the other day. Pretty powerful that she never got to visit her brother.

My latest conversation: http://www.spinsucks.com/social-media/gin-and-topics-creepy-old-guys-and-memories/

ginidietrich
3 years 7 months ago

AND she hasn’t had a wine date with me yet!

My latest conversation: http://www.spinsucks.com/social-media/gin-and-topics-creepy-old-guys-and-memories/

DannyBrown
3 years 7 months ago

I hear you. When you get the email that you have a new comment, it’s a “double rush”, if you like. You’re happy that your post touched someone enough to comment, and you also want to see what take they’re offering.

Fun times! :)

My latest conversation: http://dannybrown.me/2011/07/23/10-free-blog-topics-to-help-you-get-your-blog-on/

Patrick Reyes
3 years 7 months ago

Good stuff Danny Brown. Good stuff.

Nicole
3 years 7 months ago
DT
3 years 7 months ago

cant be your last post men, l do enjoy keep visiting this blog and read all the posts ;)

Frank
3 years 7 months ago

Danny,

I can’t imagine what I would say if I had to write my last blog post. I guess that is the point of this post to challenge us to think about the end. I would write about how my writing has been a great testament of faith in action. That anything is possible if we are willing to take a chance and go after what we want. I would share a personal story on my journey from the beginning of my blogging to the end, sharing breif synopsis and links to the people who helped me along the way. In all honestly it would probably read like a book with over 5K words. You really got me thinking about the reason I blog and what would happen if I needed to give it up for any particular reason.

1 year 5 months ago

That’s the great thing, isn’t it, Frank? We all have different stories to tell. I like the way you’d share a personal story – a great way to remember you.

Cheers, mate.

Mark Schaefer
3 years 7 months ago

The phrase that stuck in my head from this post was “reverse narcissism.” Blogging realy can be so weird. It’s true that we open ourselves up for contention — and perhaps even derision. But there is also a definite rush when you connect with people and they love what you do. I know that when I do too many posts in a row when people argue I get weary. So there is this constant back and forth between narcissm and reverse narcissm … if that makes any sense!! Staying centered and balanced through it all to take both the criticism and the praise with grace is kind of an essential blogging life skill, isn;t it?

Thanks for the thought-provoking post Danny!

Nicole
3 years 7 months ago

Funny, each time I post I contemplate it being my last . Good exercise to try.

Eugene
3 years 7 months ago

This reminds me of the last post by Derek Miller of penmachine. It was one of the most haunting things I’ve ever read. Like he was talking from beyond the grave. I think everyone should read it at least once.

3 years 7 months ago

Do you have a link, mate? Sounds intriguing. :)

Eugene
3 years 7 months ago
3 years 7 months ago

Awesome, thanks Eugene – bookmarked for viewing later, cheers!

Eugene
3 years 7 months ago

No problem. But fair warning: it’s a really heart-wrenching read (as it should be I suppose).

Giulia
3 years 7 months ago

Very good…simple, honest, and on point =)

andreachland
3 years 7 months ago

Sir you just gave me the idea that to make a great blog is to write it as if its your last, and you can make each your masterpiece.I really, really want to learn ropes on this thing. I might as well give it a try. Writing is my passion.

Kaarina Dillabough
3 years 7 months ago

I’ve led a blessed life, and I wouldn’t change a thing.

3 years 7 months ago

You haven’t met the Bonsai Boys yet, though… ;-)

Can’t argue with your sentiment, miss – here’s to it.

Kaarina Dillabough
3 years 7 months ago

Ooooh, is that an invitation or a challenge to meet? I’m just “up the road”, you know.

And the sentiment’s a reality for me.

Now, when can I come meet you Bonsai Boys?

Jane Binnion
3 years 7 months ago

Love this, I may well write my own while I’m resting in France this holiday! :)

3 years 7 months ago

Enjoy the break, Jane, and say hello to John and Ameena Falchetto if you happen to bump into them. ;-)

Wes Towers@GraphicDesignMelbourne
3 years 7 months ago

Hey, mate. Now this talk about last blog posts made me want to close my office and go home to my wife and my boys. Writing this kind of post is scary to contemplate. But, yes, we are really fond of wasting precious time. That’s why I make a conscious effort to forget about work during weekends so I won’t regret not spending time with my boys or my wife.

I am a pretty closed up person. I am not that good with sharing my emotions. So, for me, what you did here is really amazing. I would be the most courageous person if I would be able to come up with something as touching.

3 years 7 months ago

Hi there mate,

I hear you on that. It’s a huge reason why I don’t do a lot of speaking, and switch off for chunks of time from the online world.

Like you, my family means everything. The ability to wake my son up and put him to bed, and never be in a bed that’s not in the same house as him, is a far bigger reward than having to travel every other day.

Here’s to you and your family time. :)

tjang
3 years 7 months ago

Hi Danny, You are special, talented, unique, good, and be proud of yourself.

tjang
3 years 7 months ago

i love it , danny .

leon Noone
3 years 7 months ago

G’Day Danny,
I’d be tempted to write something like “keep off that bloody bike Gini, Ya gunna get yourself killed.” That’d be a complete waste of time. But I’d be a minor, if deceased, blog celebrity.

All those hprdes of commenters on Marcus Sheridan’s blog would ask, “Leon Noone? Isn’t he the idiot who told GD to get off her bike?”

I remember a story about some famous basketballer. On retirement, he was asked if his parents had encouraged him . “No” he replied. “My father never, ever came to see me play in High School. When I returned home after each game he’d simply ask,’Did you have fun’, that’s all.”

That’s more than enough.

Regards

Leon

3 years 7 months ago

I like the cut of your gib, mate. So, would you ask yourself a question as you bowed out? Perhaps, “Did I have fun? I’ll know soon enough.”

Always a pleasure, sir.

Gini Dietrich
3 years 7 months ago

I don’t really know what my last blog post would read, but I know I should write it because I was nearly killed on my bike this morning. The point that strikes closest to me is the idea that we work too hard and forget about the things that are important. I don’t know if it’s because I’m getting older, but I’m thinking about things like I have a friend who lives in Japan for just three more months and wouldn’t it be a shame if I don’t get there to visit her because I’m too busy with work?

3 years 7 months ago

We never know what we’ll miss until we face the possibility of not having experienced it.

Glad you’re not dead. :)

margie clayman (@margieclayman)
3 years 7 months ago

Have you ever read the book that John Lennon’s sister Julia co-authored? She talks about how she and John talked all through the 70s about her and her kids coming to NYC (he couldn’t leave because of the Green Card problems). They just assumed it would happen eventually. And then he was gone.

I think about that often.

Mimi Meredith
3 years 7 months ago

How about, “Ya’ll just visit amongst yourselves. I’ll see you in a bit.”

3 years 7 months ago

Haha, I like it, Mimi – now, does that polarize the ones you’ll see, depending on how good we’ve all been? ;-)

Mimi Meredith
3 years 7 months ago

Not at all darlin’! We just might not all recognize each other because we’ll be our best selves. Theology according to Mimi…it’s a beautiful thing.

Bill Dorman
3 years 7 months ago

Will you remember when I’m gone?

If these are the last words you see from me, did I:

Make you smile

Make you think

Feel pain for me when I stumbled

Affect at least one person in a positive way

What will you think of when you hear my name

My community does not know how much I do appreciate them and I will miss that the most.

3 years 7 months ago

Perfect, sir. Just perfect.

margie clayman (@margieclayman)
3 years 7 months ago

My last blog post. Hmm. I think it would read something like this.

I’ve tried to show you how special you are. Time for you to take that demonstration and run with it.

I’ve tried to show you a path to use Social Media for good and not evil. I hope you can walk it, but I hope you also create new paths of your own.

I’ve watched you struggle with finding your voice. I encourage you to shout now.

i’ve talked to you about watching the numbers. In the end, it’s not the numbers you remember.

I’ve watched you hurt or get hurt over disagreements in this online world. Those are not the things that matter in the end.

You are special, talented, lucky, blessed, unique, good, compassionate, and caring. Go out and do something great with all that you have. Make a difference
for someone, and be proud of yourself.

Also, you still owe me $5. Jerk.I could have kept my self-hosted blog site if you had gotten that to me in time. Thanks a WHOLE lot.

Bye.

3 years 7 months ago

Haha, okay, miss, I have to know – this was an awesome comment, but I am cracking up over the closing paragraph. Recent experience? :)

margie clayman (@margieclayman)
3 years 7 months ago

nah, it was just getting too depressing :)

I’d just go back to http://www.wordpress.com and post for free :)

Mitch Mitchell
3 years 7 months ago

You know, I’m not really sure how to respond to this. My thought is if I was told that I had inoperable cancer and I only had weeks to live that I’d probably start writing a lot of things in advance including what might be my last post. I say might because I don’t know if I’d write a post immediately then stop writing forever or try to write up until I couldn’t write any more, which means I wouldn’t know when the last post was coming. I’m just not sure.

Saying that, though, I think I’d write a “thank you” post like I wrote on my business blog some years ago where I thanked everyone that had made a significant impact on my life within the last year. It was super long, but I think if I tried to do it now that it could end up being much longer; that’s somewhat frightening to even consider but if it was my last gasp, well, what else would I have to look froward to?

Nope, too scary to contemplate.

3 years 7 months ago

Hey there Mitch,

I think that’s what makes it an interesting conundrum – do you write early and say goodbye, or write late and see what emotions are going through you as the “moment” gets closer?

I’m curious how different people would approach it.

Niall Harbison
3 years 7 months ago

They always say that the thing you regret the most when you are there dying is spending so much time in work.I’m not sure though because I spend about 16 hours a day working and some of the most amazing experiences have come because of work. I suppose when you are doing it for yourself you really don’t care that much. i wouldn’t be spending every single second working if it was for somebody else!!

3 years 7 months ago

Hey there mate,

It’s an interesting point; I know Troy Claus and I don’t feel like it’s a “normal work day”, because it’s definitely more fun and rewarding than what we were doing previously.

I guess the danger there is that because it’s so enjoyable, and we work more hours because we don’t notice the time going by, it’s possible that we could be damaging our health (longer hours, lack of sleep, etc).

Gotta love the paradox. ;-)

Howie at Sky Pulse Media
3 years 7 months ago

Doesn’t Hasta La Vista Baby work?

Or see all you gangstas on the street?

Or maybe ‘this whole blog was ghost written by hamsters’

Or ‘everytime you visited my blog I hacked your hard drive and stole your credit card numbers…thank you’

Well now you have ideas for when you do say goodbye.

3 years 7 months ago

Okay, who spilled the beans on the hamsters?

Mimi Meredith
3 years 7 months ago

Well that was a nice anecdote to any maudlin thoughts that may have been lurking at the back of my mind! Thanks, Howie!

Stan Faryna
3 years 7 months ago

It’s not a coincidence that we’ve covered the same topic. It’s not an echo- effect either. Things are happening in the universe.

That said, I’m satisfied with my last blog post and pod cast. It’s not really the last blog post I’ll write. But, it is my last blog post.

I kick time around like that. Because I can. [grin]

illana
3 years 7 months ago

OK, usually I post your basic, “Wow, that was awesome and here’s why….”-type comment… mostly because I am allergic to ever finding fault in anything. But the bit you said about how we have become adults BECAUSE we learned from our mistakes just bugged me too much not to mention. I mean for pete’s sake… we became adults because our parents kept feeding us. MOST of the adults I know are totally incapable of learning from their mistakes (ever been to a bar on a Saturday night?).

I do, however, think that what separates good people from crappy people is totally the ability to learn from our mistakes. So maybe I’ll just pretend that was what you meant and go with it:)

But really, great post… loved all the other bits:)

3 years 7 months ago

Haha, potatoes and potahtoes? ;-)

I hear you; but then, I guess you could say that we learn to swallow and digest the food our parents give us, so we still need to learn before we eat? That’s my story and I’m sticking to it, anyhoo… ;-)