Content marketing: Telling Meaningful Stories

Blogging Topics: Eastern Iowa Comedian Travels World, Blogs, Facebooks

Christoph Trappe

February 4, 2014

Spotlights

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Eastern Iowa comedian Nathan Timmel PerformsNathan Timmel is an Eastern Iowa comedian who travels all over the world from his Eastern Iowa home. He also shares his thoughts on his blog and on his Facebook wall.

Whether it’s during stand-up routines or on his digital stories, he shares stories in way that’s making people laugh. I chatted with him in this Spotlights Q&A.

Question: You have a fun voice on your blog and also on Facebook. Talk about how you ended up being so funny.

Nathan: *blinks* Um… I, uh… I don’t know that I’ve ever given “funny” any thought, or tried to analyze or dissect it. I just write to amuse myself, or, more accurately, I write to express myself. I would guess my written voice is a reflection of my personality, or maybe that’s just my hope.

Either way, if people find my voice “fun,” then that’s pretty neat. Maybe that means I’m not such a bad person after all, and that it’s my poor hygiene that drives people away and not my personality.

Question: How do you decide what to blog/Facebook about?

Nathan: It’s typically whatever is on my mind. Sadly, my mind is quite often blank. Looking at my blog, there’s a dearth of input from mid-December 2013 to end-January 2014. I don’t feel a need to blog about something daily; I can only write when… I don’t want to say inspired to, because that’s too cliché and silly, but I can’t write when I’m not interested in writing. I guess I view blogging like I do 24-hour news channels: they have to fill 24 hours whether or not they have something relevant to say, so they fill those hours. Fortunately, I do not have to blog daily, so when I do actually plop something down on the Interwebs, I cross my fingers in the belief it’s mildly interesting.

Question: I know you travel the country to perform. Do you use jokes from your blog/social in shows?

Nathan: There’s an intermingling, sure. Life is messy, and I’m not one to fight that or compartmentalize things: “This is my blog, which is separate from my Facebook, which is separate from my comedy act…” They all come from the idiotic synapses firing inside my noggin, so I let them fly however I can, be it through typing fingers or vocal cords into a microphone.

Question: Which digital platform is your favorite one? And why?

Nathan: I would have to say my personal website, and the “why” is easy: because I control it. On every other platform you are beholden to “User Guidelines.” On my website I am beholden to me, which is neat. I can post what I want, when I want, and if someone doesn’t like that, well, tough cookies. They were never under any obligation to visit my website, so if they see something they don’t like, hey, it was their choice to come sniffing around in the first place.

Question: Any other thoughts?

Nathan: The sum of the square roots of any two sides of an isosceles triangle is equal to the square root of the remaining side. Oh joy, rapture! I’ve got a brain!

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Christoph Trappe

Hello and thanks for stopping by. I'm Christoph Trappe and I'm the Vice President of Content Marketing Strategy, Americas, at ScribbleLive, which is based in Toronto and is a global content marketing software company. Before I started at ScribbleLive I was VP of Content Marketing and Conversion at MedTouch, a Boston-based company that helps healthcare organizations with digital marketing. I've written two books, speak at conferences around the globe and blog frequently on here. I love sharing my stories and helping organizations share theirs. If you need help, just visit the Contact Me page in the navigation and drop me a note. I'm always happy to chat! Thanks for reading! - Christoph ctrappe@christophtrappe.com 319-389-9853

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