7 Ways A Top Blog Is Like Pole Dancing

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Catherine Hughes

Director of the 8 Women Dream Project at 8 Women Dream
Catherine’s dream is to make 8 Women Dream the premier online publication for women looking to pursue their dreams. She is a published author, a freelance writer, and a guide for those who want their dreams to come true online. Catherine would someday like to be invited to speak at TED about her observations about her 8WD project inviting women to take a chance on their dreams. Wine was required... Catherine posts on Sunday evenings and fills in dream stories as needed. If you aren't sure how to comment on this story, click here.

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7 Ways A Top Blog Is Like Pole DancingImagine my surprise when I showed up for fellow dreamer Laurie’s Club B Congo-A-Go-Go table captain meeting Friday night, and was told we were going to have a pole dance lesson.

I shouldn’t be that surprised.  It’s Laurie we are talking about here.  I don’t think she is afraid of anything. She uses the word bitch like my mother uses the word God. It’s only natural that her world should include a pole.

Hell, Santa came from one.

I sized up Laurie’s pole like a professional climber eyes Mount Everest.  I’m thinking I don’t have the proper equipment – like 7 inch heels and legs that start at my shoulders. And a body that is actually fit. I managed to overcome my belief that I would look like an idiot and did my turn on the pole . . .

At least the women were supportive.

No deep knee bends.  I kinda like being able to walk the next day.

While trying not to fall on my face, I thought up how having a top blog resembles pole dancing.

Really, it does.

1.  Pole dancing can expose your ass, baring all – upside down.

So can blogging and pushing the content to a higher level, so the exposure gains us more exposure.  Every time someone takes an unexpected photo of us and hangs it out on the Internet, I feel ass in the air upside down too.  I’ll be okay with it all once someone starts shoving 10 dollar bills down our bank account.  Maybe.

2.  Pole dancing takes strength.

Working days, evenings and weekends takes personal strength of will – as well as having the strength to fight getting up from the chair when you’d like to kill the blog, post or the Internet. Being a top blogger takes many hours and lots of time in front of a computer.  Some top bloggers have worked three jobs to get there.

3. Pole dancing makes you perform in front of people.

Every time I hit the publish button on a post, it’s like walking out naked on to the Internet. If readers don’t like what we have to say we get booed in the form of negative emails and comments.  Yes we’ve had them.

4. There are moves and tricks that make you a pole star.

Having a top blog takes great content, linking, and headline writing along with something that makes your blog stand out from the crowd. I don’t think flashing my breasts would help us here, but you never know.

5.  Martini spins are popular.

Martinis help with the writing.  Martinis help after the writing.  Okay, martinis just help blogging period.

6.  You can fall and hurt yourself.

Falling in to obscurity would be a problem for a top blog.  I’d just ask Laurie to do something bold to pick us back off the floor of obscurity and catapult us back into the land of viral love.

7.  The better you are, the more exposure you have.

Like a topless pole dancer, a good blog can attract a lot of media attention, which in turn drives more people to read the blog.   I somehow think a professional pole dancers exposure might look more like my gynecologists view of my annual pap smear, rather than the San Francisco Chronicle doing an article on 8 Women Dream.  But you get my point.

Do pole dancers work six days a week?  Do their knees bother them?  Do their eyes turn blood red from hours spent working?

I think the answer to that probably depends on what their idea of extra curricular activity is.

Somehow I don’t think it’s the same as mine.

But our blog stats are up, and that makes me want to get up out of this chair and take my bra off.

Spoken like a true pole dancer top blogger, don’t you think?

Keep on dreaming –


  • Remy, the photographer

    one of your more creative posts to date for sure. I especially like the visual of shoving money down the pants…classy. I can relate these ideas to exposing my photography. It doesn’t feel easy, well, ever – but if it was easy, Cath – everyone would and could do it. And you are way past that – It’s gaining momentum. Numbers are up? interest (positive and negative) is there…the awareness factor is increasing (tonight I went to a PPA event here in sac, with Ray, and someone came up to me and said “I’ve been following your blog” Blamo! )

    Keep on keeping on, our fearless, tireless, kneeless leader. If this takes of the way we think, hell, you can buy magic knees – problem solved. Love Rem

  • Catherine, Site Admin

    Only in the world of Laurie could a pole be in front of a Goddess shrine. . . all hail the goddess.

    Yes it was fun – I’d imagine if I did that a lot, I’d be in MUCH better shape.

    Thanks for always making me laugh.


  • Laurie Allen

    Awesome Cath. That was a fun night. I love how the pole is in front of all the hippie, esoteric crystal magic of Groove Studio. If you live long enough, you can be a hippie, a yogini, a pole dancer and a blogger! It’s all good. Power to the spice of life.
    Love, Laurie

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  • Catherine, Site Admin

    We kept our clothes on – thankfully.

    It’s a lot harder than it looks – like blogging regularly, but I think we should have one of our 8 Women Dream meetings there and have her teach a class.

    Hugs, Cath

  • Veronica

    I am quite interested in the #7 like a topless pole dancer….so my friend am I to assume Laurie lead my fearless leader in a “topless” pole dance?? :-) :-) lol

    Thank you for making my night, wish I could have been there just for some good ole fashion laughter.