When I started blogging, it was because I had been inspired to “write down” what I was doing. Just as a way of keeping a personal record.
I just wanted to start … something.
At the same time, I discovered that I was actually having to “think” more about things. I found this really inspiring.
A post at the end of last year, by Bjørn Furuknap, led me to question this. In his post, Bjorn stated that if a blogger was offering no real value, then he/she would be better off doing nothing. (I wrote a post about this)
if a blogger was offering no real value, then he/she would be better off doing nothing
To be honest, Bjorn’s post (as well as an older post by Laurence Hart), made me think seriously about the posts I write.
On the one hand, I didn’t want my posts to fall into the “might as well just shut up” category, but I still wanted to use them as a way that I could record my thoughts, or offer tips, or advice.
In fact, this conflict would often prevent me from actually writing anything.
I would start, but then doubt would enter my mind as I tried to work out whether the post was indeed too much of the “just shut up” type.
Seth Godin’s Thoughts on Blogging
Thanks to a tweet, I was lead to a small video in which Seth Godin, and Tom Peters, talks about blogging.
Seth commented that a blog is free, and it doesn’t matter if nobody reads it. What matters is the humility that comes from writing it – the “thinking” about it.
What matters is the humility that comes from writing it – the “thinking” about it.
Wow – when I heard these words, it really brought me back to my original “purpose” for writing.
It’s something I mention in that earlier post – I blog so that I am forced to THINK about things.
Have a look at the video, and let me know … what are your thoughts on blogging?
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