Every now and again I get asked why I blog. It’s usually accompanied by imagining the scary feeling of putting your thoughts out in the world. I have been blogging for a while now, with ups and downs, and have absolutely enjoyed it.
To structure my thoughts
Writing is an excellent way to structure your thoughts. I naturally question and wonder about so many things. Capturing my thoughts, ideas and experiences makes them tangible. Writing forces you to focus and develop your thoughts in a structural way, without putting a conversational time limit on it. Time and patience only makes it better.
Blogging about something makes sure you have really taken the time to think about something first, before you either put it in practice or have a discussion about it. Shane Parris argues this very well in the work required to have an argument. I have experienced blogging made me become a better thinker, i.e. more fundamental and structured.
To help others
I always try to learn as much as I can from people with experience. It’s a very effective way of learning fast without having to go through the same (sometimes bad) experiences. It’s difficult to acknowledge you actually have something to say, but I’ve realised that every experience, how simple it may seem, can have a lot of value for others. In this way I try to give something back. If my piece helps or inspire only one person, it’s already more than worth it.
Finally blogging helps you grow. I like writing, but have much more to learn, and blogging helps me to get there. Blogging has also helped me to get to a mindset where I’m much more aware of things. I see the world in a different way, leading to question things (even more) and to try and learn from every experience, both from my own insights as well as discussions with others.
The uncomfortable feeling of publishing is still there, but that’s really not a bad thing. It keeps you sharp and it proofs you’re stepping out of your comfort zone to grow.
Ultimately it’s only by sharing and discussing your thoughts and ideas you will really grow, and that’s basically what blogging is all about. Why don’t you give it a try?