I've been trying to get into blogging for a very long time. I remember first setting up a Wordpress account when I was around 17 years old, and I could hardly wait to build up my millions of followers. Of course, I spent maybe two weeks picking the perfect design template, and another week deciding which font was exactly right for me. The first post was a bit tougher to make than I had anticipated, and I promptly forgot all about it.
So much for my mega blog and millions of fans.
Since then, I think I tried three more attempts to become a blogger, but still they never lasted more than 5 posts, or 6 months of attention. Well I'm proud to say that in 2015 I created this blog that is still alive today - that's a personal record! Unfortunately my posting frequency remains fairly dismal.
It has been 10 years (oh my god) since my first attempt, so my goal in 2017 is to write a blog post every day.
Why write every day?
There are three main reasons.
- Practice makes
Becoming a great writer is amongst the most valuable skills you can develop, but you don't reap the benefits without a huge amount of practice. Too often we allow perfect to be the enemy of 'good enough', and so hold off from just getting on with it. That's a mistake. Perfection is impossible, but great writers write even when they don't feel like it.
- If you can't explain an idea clearly then you don't really understand it.
We are all of us learning new things every day, but how to ensure that what you learn today is remember tomorrow? Or in a year? The way to ensure that you have truly understood an idea, concept or theory is to explain it in your own words to someone else. Writing every day will allow me to solidify the lessons I learn.
- Clarify your opinions.
Being forced to think of something to write about helps to clarify your own opinions. As Leo Babauta has written on the Zen Habits blog: "Thoughts and feelings are nebulous happenings in our mind holes, but writing forces us to crystalize those thoughts and put them in a logical order."
I will mainly be writing about startups, entrepreneurship, philosophy and psychology. If those topics interest you, it would be wonderful to have you stay in touch.
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