Paul "Pablo" Croubalian

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On Submarines and Flatulence: Why I Bother Writing

On Submarines and Flatulence: Why I Bother Writing

I'm a social media newbie. I’ve been on Facebook for a long time, but that's mostly to keep tabs (i.e. "stalk") my kids. I first looked at LinkedIn back in June of 2003. I dismissed it as nothing more than a CV sharing site. That wasn't useful to me.

Even back then, I hardly ever used my CV.

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A little background

After I sold my company, I checked "Go to culinary school" off my bucket list. Two culinary degrees, a restaurant, and a bakery later, I returned to the technology field.

I was away from tech for about 5 years, but I still kept more or less up to date.

Five years in tech is an eternity. Five years away from writing heavily is even longer. My writing muscles atrophied.

Some literary strength training was in order.

I also questioned if I should expand on my ghostwriting practice. Ghosts are silent, invisible, and largely misunderstood. Imagine how hard it would be to promote your product if you couldn’t point to it.

Any ass can say he’s a writer. Clients need proof. At least, intelligent clients do. That's the type I like working with.

I started writing first to re-connect with my craft and second to create a body of varied work that I can point to.

When you read one of my posts, you are walking into my showroom. You are seeing and interacting with my products.

Welcome.

Back to the post

I started publishing on LinkedIn in late-May, 2015. I pretty much stopped in late March 2016. I transitioned my primary platform to beBee.

As is my normal modus operandi, I researched how to best use LinkedIn. I found stuff that sounded right but ended up being wrong. I found stuff that sounded wrong but ended up being right.

That's par for the course.

Fear held me back from publishing

Everything I read said to publish on the platform. I didn't right away. Like most of us, fear held me back. It wasn’t so long ago, so I still remember. I had a few clients that I wrote for. At that point, I had been writing for hire for eight years.

Is it strange that a professional should be scared of a new medium? Maybe.

I know I was afraid.

I decided to publish the first day I joined LinkedIn. It took over two weeks to hit the publish button.

What was I afraid of? I'm glad you asked...

Would people agree with me?

Most did. Some didn't. All provided insight on which to build.

Here are my thoughts.

  • If everybody agrees, you aren’t pushing the envelope.
  • If everybody agrees, you aren’t being controversial enough.
  • If everybody agrees, you aren’t connecting deeply enough.

Would they contradict me?

I like to be controversial. I expected many contradictions. Got none yet.

Disagreements? Hell, Yes!

Contradictions, No.

Would I be personally attacked?

I don’t mean having someone punch me in the nose. I mean will I meet trolls. Between LinkedIn and beBee, I’ve written over 100 posts in less than a year. Add in client LI posts, self-hosted posts etc, and I’m probably at 175 or more.

No flame wars yet.

I have yet to meet my first troll. 

I must be doing something wrong.

Would they laugh at me?

I have a quirky sort of style. Much of what I write is supposed to be laughed at, so, yes! My niche, if I have one, is to simplify the complicated. Humour helps. Of all the comments on all my posts, my favourite is when Trent Selbrede said he fell off his couch laughing at something I wrote.

That says a lot about my warped sense of humour. Trent was in a clavicle cast at the time.

LinkedIn is a (mostly) civil place. beBee more so. People may disagree, but they rarely mock.

Why I finally started publishing

In a nutshell, it was to build a brand. I saw that I needed to provide “proof of skillset.” I’m a Ghostwriter. Since we write as other people, it's the easiest thing in the world to fake. 

Ghostwriters are silent but deadly.

Some of us are silent but deadly like submarines.

Some of us are silent but deadly like flatulence.

I needed a way to prove I was a submarine, not a stinky fart.

Did it work? Yes, it worked nicely, thank you.

What I didn't expect

I've always kept my business life segregated from my personal life. Few people know both sides of me. Those that do often comment that I'm two completely different people sharing one body. 

Writing here changed that in a big way.

I found that although I've made many new contacts, I've also made many new friends.

It may sound strange to call someone "friend" that you've never met in person. Perhaps it is. It's true nonetheless. You "guys" know who you are.

In writing my posts, reading comments, and interacting with others, I have come to know them.

Reading someone's posts opens a window onto their soul. (tweet)

Me

Writing a post gives opens a window onto your soul. (tweet)

Also Me

Take the plunge. Start writing.

This is the first in a series that will dive deeply into how I write. It will offer tools, hints, and suggestions. Later, I'll assemble them into an Index Post.

It’s up to you to follow the ones that suit you and ignore the rest.

You don’t want to write like Paul Croubalian. You want to write like you.

Find your voice.

It’s Your Voice, Your Choice!

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Paul "Pablo" Croubalian

Paul "Pablo" Croubalian

5 years ago #20

#26
Glad I could be of help, Sasa.

Paul "Pablo" Croubalian

Paul "Pablo" Croubalian

5 years ago #19

#11
beBee has made posting fun again. The conversation is lively. The comments are enlightening. LI is getting morose and often downright nasty. It's no wonder that our writing reflects this new reality. Just look at the upbeat tone of Jim Murray's "20 and Sunny" post https://www.bebee.com/producer/@jim-murray/20-sunny-it-just-doesn-t-get-any-better-than-that

Louise Smith

Louise Smith

5 years ago #18

Maybe Paul \ you could reconsider what's controversial and have a try at writing something a bit differently from your usual? ( no criticism of your usual implied) regardz Louise

Louise Smith

Louise Smith

5 years ago #17

I didn't invite trolls. I wrote about something I believe strongly about and guess what - it hit a raw nerve ! Some "people" /"men" don't like this subject and don't agree with it. In some ways for some people it 's controversial so it's fair game for trolls !

Louise Smith

Louise Smith

5 years ago #16

So Paul \ LIGHT BULB MOMENT coming up

Louise Smith

Louise Smith

5 years ago #15

However Paul \, Peter Ireland 2nd Entrepreneurial M&A did troll me for comments I made on some else's post where there was the same subject matter Women and Women's Rights and Equality etc

Louise Smith

Louise Smith

5 years ago #14

Have a look (you don't have to read it) at my post https://www.linkedin.com/pulse/did-you-hear-2-men-who-walked-bar-stories-louise-smith I got trolled by Peter Ireland 2nd Entrepreneurial M&A When I was younger older women called me honey, love, dear, sweetie pie, I would cry myself to sleep, I would. Where's the tissues? I did the same thing - contacted him, asked him why, heard nothing more and wasn't trolled again in that post by him.

Louise Smith

Louise Smith

5 years ago #13

I got trolled by Neill Fawcett 2nd (LI) So I responded in good faith the first few times then I checked him out on the internet and emailed him through his website at work. I asked why he was trolling me. I heard no more from him! I nicknamed him the "Tupperware Troll" because on his website he had 3 reviews and one of them was from an NZ tupperware lady ! I think the real Neill Fawcett 2nd was high jacked by a troll.

Louise Smith

Louise Smith

5 years ago #12

"No flame wars yet. I have yet to meet my first troll. I must be doing something wrong. "Let me give you some tips on how to attract trolls Paul \ https://www.linkedin.com/pulse/men-ok-i-need-some-help-louise-smith?trk=mp-reader-card Have a look (you don't have to read it) at my post For Men... this is why we Value YOU ! I got trolled by Semi Retired at Life is a Beach Karl...the moment you see 'psychologist' in the name...you just know you are going to get a load of baloney with a helping of crap...I suggest read everything Louise says as I do...like a comedy script...

Louise Smith

Louise Smith

5 years ago #11

Hi @Paul "Pablo" Croubalian Yes I think this is an understatement from you "I like to be controversial. I expected many contradictions. Got none yet." That's one reason I like you and like reading your posts. It's refreshing!

Louise Smith

Louise Smith

5 years ago #10

Hi Paul \ Yes I think this is an understantement from you "I like to be controversial. I expected many contradictions. Got none yet." That's one reason I like you and like reading your posts. It's refreshing!

Milos Djukic

Milos Djukic

5 years ago #9

Paul \, my friend :) Thanks

Franci 🐝Eugenia Hoffman, beBee Brand Ambassador

I find it amazing to see the difference in attitude and writing from those that I follow on LI and now follow on beBee. LI may have closed the door on the publishing community but beBee opened the window.

Ken Boddie

Ken Boddie

5 years ago #7

Heh, Paul, if lack of trolls really bothers you, why not take the Billy Goats Gruff for a stroll over the rickety bridge? Or else you could just re-visit the old story at the following: http://www.speakeandlowestories.talktalk.net/billy_goats_gruff.htm

Federico Álvarez San Martín

#5
Of course we support the publishing community beBee!! Thanks Paul \!

Paul "Pablo" Croubalian

Paul "Pablo" Croubalian

5 years ago #5

#3
Thank you Javier C\u00e1mara Rica. That's quite the compliment. The way I figure it, you guys can support us from the technical platform side, I'll try to provide some creative how-to support.

Paul "Pablo" Croubalian

Paul "Pablo" Croubalian

5 years ago #4

#4
Thanks Zack Thorn support us from the platform side. I'll try and provide support from the creative side. This post is #1, #2 just got published. I figure 4 or 5 should cover the subject

Javier 🐝 CR

Javier 🐝 CR

5 years ago #3

Paul \ , thanks for sharing your personal and professional feelings. Your stories enrich me. I need this kind of content. Normally it is is difficult to find stories and persons that really add me value, and you are one of those. It sounds like "ads" but I am finding and connecting with very interesting people. I never met them , but I am sure I will meet some of them when I am in their area. It is great to read you in a rainy day like today is is Madrid.

Paul "Pablo" Croubalian

Paul "Pablo" Croubalian

5 years ago #2

#1
Thanks, Dean Owen. It actually often bothers me.

Dean Owen

Dean Owen

5 years ago #1

Paul-sensei, you continue to entertain and inspire! "I have yet to meet my first troll. I must be doing something wrong." lol.