WORDS - Why I Blog

A typewriter used for writing

It took me quite a long time to move from thinking about blogging, to actually blogging.

This was due to lots of reservations that I had in my head about why I shouldn’t blog.

I wanted to write these down in the hopes that it might help someone else who is thinking about blogging.

The reservations went something like this:

Anything that I say will have already been said by someone else, in a much better way than I could have said it.

This was a major blocker for me. “What’s the point?”

I had to come to an understanding that my voice is important.

Yes, someone will have already said what I am saying.

Yes, they will have probably said it in a much more eloquent way than I will.

However, my life experiences, the things that make me who I am, the context in which I live, all give me a unique vantage point from which I speak.

Some people will resonate with the way that other people will write, and some people will resonate with what I write, and that is okay.

The subtle differences are what matters.

What if nobody reads my blog?

I once read the quote by Frances Bacon:

“Reading makes a broad man, writing makes a focused man”

This is so true of blogging.

Regardless of whether anyone reads your blog, writing down your thoughts helps to bring clarity and cohesiveness.

The chances are that people will read your blog, but if they don’t, then the act of blogging itself will be invaluable to your personal development and to the formation of your ideas.

What if I am wrong?

One of the major changes in my thinking came when I started reading blogs that pertained to learning and development.

When reading blogs about L&D, the overall opinion is that blogging is part of a continual conversation, that blogging is part of networking.

The comments section is just as important as the blog itself.

So I blog to enter the conversation, to provide a catalyst; not tell people what to think.

I blog because I feel I have something to say.

I blog because I feel that ‘something’ is important.

I blog because it helps me think out loud.

I blog because it crystallises my thought process.

I blog because it helps filter the mass information that I am exposed to every day; to find the diamonds amongst the ashes.

I blog because I am a social creature, and the problems of today cannot be solved by single minds.

If you have been thinking about blogging but any of the above reasons have been stopping you, hopefully, this post has helped you to overcome them.

Sign up for a blog on Blogger, Wordpress or another blogging site and start blogging J

May you realise that your voice is important, regardless of whether anyone hears it. 
May you realise that your words are powerful, regardless of whether anyone reads them. 
And may you be a catalyst that sparks change in a broken and fragile world.

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