Blog Like Phineas

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Phineas Flynn

One of my favorite shows is Disney’s Phineas and Ferb.  It’s witty and action packed, diabolically droll and oddly inspirational.  All the smart kids I know watch it.

It’s also perfect fodder for a hobbyist blogger like me. When I’m not writing poetry, I try to explore marketing or leadership topics using pop culture analogies.

For example, I’ve written about how Gilligan Island character traits may be fatal to your marketing transformation, why marketers should strive to be more like Willy Wonka, and what NCIS can teach us about high performance teams.

In this case, I believe the affably animated attributes of Phineas Flynn are also the building blocks for brilliant blogging.

How to Blog Like Phineas

1.  Stand for something. For Phineas, it’s a pledge to make each day extraordinary – with the chops to deliver. Phineas never phones it in.  His anthem is captured in the title track performed by Bowling for SoupWhat’s the anthem for your blog?

So make every minute count
 Jump up, jump in and seize the day
And let’s make sure that in every single possible way
Today is gonna be a great day

2. Help With a PassionPhineas is perpetually putting his creative energy and brilliance in pursuit of good. You can find him protecting an endangered lake creature from the paparazzi, re-uniting a band for his parents, or thwarting Doofenshmirtz’s evil plans to dominate the Tri-State area.

In a recent post by Stanford Smith – the notion of mentoring readers is the parallel act of service practiced by excellent bloggers. A simple formula to create ideas that matter: Instill wisdom and confidence, make them approachable, and deliver them with a spirit of service. Who do you serve?

3. Wrap Genius in Humility – Phineas is by all account a prodigy. Along with his step-brother Ferb, they constantly build the most technically advanced gadgets that take them on fantastic adventures. But he’s not a braggart, and his intentions are pure of heart.

If you’ve ever spent any time with the {grow} community shepherded by Mark Schaefer, you quickly understand the difference between broadcasters and tribe leaders.  Mark ignites conversation through his expertise and point of view, but that’s merely a touchstone for a very human conversation focused on widening the envelope of ideas. How does your genius come through?

4. Play in the Yard – Almost every project started by Phineas begins in the back yard.  It’s the kids equivalent of the kitchen for parties.  All the kids come to see him there, everyone is welcome, the projects are exciting, and no matter where the adventure takes them, it’s great to return home.

Bloggers in turn make their blogs a comfortable and familiar place to gather. Sure, there’s the occasional kerfuffle. Great bloggers make their backyard yours – and are places you’ll return to, even without prompting. What’s it like in your yard?


I don’t profess to have reached the Phineas standard for blogging. Not yet anyway. But I’m no Doofenshmirtz either.  How about you?

7 thoughts on “Blog Like Phineas

  1. Great post Bill! I too am a huge fan of the show: I know what we’re gonna do today.

    Thanks for sharing these great tips and inspiration. It was really great meeting you in person!

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