As a child of the 70’s, “classic rock,” as we now call it, was always on the radio and turntable. You become familiar with the music, if not the lyrics.
Fast forward twenty years and, as a married woman, The Mr. and I are watching MTV Unplugged. Much to our surprise, and to a few in the audience, Eric Clapton had rearranged his own song, beloved “Layla” from his Derek and the Dominos Days. Pure Brilliance!
Derek & The Dominos
Eric Clapton MTV Unplugged
The angst and anguish of the lyrics are matched in the first version by the rock anthem followed by it’s classic instrumental, causing one to reflect. The heartache and soul sorrow of the lyrics was highlighted in the blues version on MTV. Their moods are totally different. Their pace are different. The message is the same:
“Layla, you got me on my knees!”
He rearranged his own song, repurposing a song he’d already written, expanding the life span of both versions.
Rearranging a song is not a new thing. A fun party game is to ask your friends who wrote (or performed) what song first? Was “Proud Mary” popularized by Tina Turner or CCR? Was Summertime better by Sam Cooke or Billie Holiday?
I listen to a lot of jazz and everyone and their mom covers each other. It’s hard to know who wrote what and who influenced whom. In many ways that’s the blogging jungle in the social media world. If you Google a topic, you’re sure to find dozens of articles and blog posts. After all, we’re all experts, right?
But how much more powerful is it for you to repurpose your own content?
Here’s a few ideas how this can be done.
1. Make a video into a blog.
(This idea was a Guru Minute video).
2. Make a blog into a video.
3. Post a recap of the week’s, month’s, quarter’s posts.
(Hat Tip to Oscar Gonzales’ post on blogging prompts.)
4. Make an infographic out of your blog post.
(In this case, my friend, Ruby Rusine, made my post into an infographic, then launched her own post.)
5. Expand the theme of a blog post into a series.
(I did this with the Keys to Being Social series which started with Reciprocation.)
6. Turn your post into a SlideShare deck.
7. Turn your blog into a musical.
(Just kidding. Then again, if you have the talent, go for it!)
How do you repurpose content?