Why I Blog

For the past month, I’ve tried to write once a day, for at least 15 minutes, to meet my deadline of publishing a post once a week.

The exact topic varies. Sometimes I make an observation, other times it’s something that I’ve learned. I’m trying to always grow as a person, so my writing will often be connected to that.  I do have to be able to stand behind my blogging, knowing that once it’s published, it can be read by anyone, forever.

I’d be thrilled if someone else found my posts useful in some way. But that’s not the point. The point is to exercise.

I’m exercising my thinking muscle. As Stephen King once said, “writing is refined thinking.”

I’m exercising my communication muscle. I want to express my thoughts clearly and concisely.

I’m exercising my idea muscle. I will constantly need new things to write about.

I’m exercising my discipline muscle. Writing every day is hard.

I’m exercising my finishing muscle. A post will be published every week, whether I’m ready or not.

I’m exercising my courage muscle. Sharing my ideas in public opens myself to criticism.

I’ve tried to keep the intention simple. Write consistently and post weekly about subjects that interest me. I really want to see how I change with a sustained practice.

(Thanks to Seth for the inspiration)