How Lady Gaga helped me to be more creative

Posted on August 4, 2011


lady gaga and creativityI don’t really know much about Lady Gaga since my tastes run more to Bach, Mozart, and Vivaldi.  As I sat down to write this week’s blog post, I was thinking.  Okay, I was procrastinating and perusing fitness websites.  My mind started to wander, as it often does, and I started looking for 10 minute exercise videos that I could do at my desk, when I wanted to take a break.

Eureka! I not only found several videos, but was inspired to write a blog post.  The best of both worlds. This is all thanks to Cassey Ho, the creator of POP Pilates. My inspiration came from her video, Lady Gaga’s Judas Workout.

Here’s how a Lady Gaga video helped me to be more creative:

1.  Be yourself.

Cassey Ho, the instructor, is so endearing you can’t help but smile when watching her.  Pilates is not really my thing (I’m not that coordinated or flexible), but I’m not intimidated when trying to do Cassey’s exercises.  The Pilates purists may frown upon her approach, but hey it works and it gets people moving.

It all comes down to the fact that people like to do business with other people, not some nameless corporation.

2.  Be human.

Cassey’s  responses to her blog reader comments sound just like Cassey, the instructor.  She comes across as very approachable and friendly.  She’s someone I’d love to meet over a cup of coffee and just talk.

Show some personality in your blog posts.  There are millions of blogs out there, but you are a unique person.  Let your personality shine through your posts.  This gets easier with practice.

3.  Make it easy for people to find you.

I’m not talking about fancy SEO algorithms, but simple common sense.  Cassey has her videos on YouTube and also on her website.  All you have to do is click and watch!

Is your blog indexed with all the major search engines?  Do you post updates on Facebook, LinkedIn and Twitter?  Is your blog name part of your email signature?

4.  Cultivate variety.

Cassey has videos for all body parts, including cardio.  She also has healthy recipes.

Mix up your blog, do written posts one week, a quick video the next week.  If you’re intimidated by video, mix up your writing style.  Do a bulleted list one week, a question & answer the next, an interview with someone interesting etc.

5.  Make it fun.

Cassey is a great instructor, but she also makes exercise fun.  Who would have thought that Lady Gaga and Pilates would go together.

How can you make people smile when they read your blog?

6.  Be open to serendipity.

I was so enjoying Cassey’s videos that I forgot about stressing over what to write about.  All of sudden it hit me, I can write about how and why these videos have inspired me.

You can’t force the creative process.  Believe me I’ve tried.  You just never know what will inspire your next blog post.

Where have you found unexpected inspiration?

If you want to see more of Cassey’s videos, check out her website:

If you want to see more Lady Gaga, you’re on your own. 🙂

Lady Gaga mannequin photo courtesy of Patrick Denker’s Flickr Photostream, under Creative Commons Licensing.