If there’s anything that I dislike more than the “let’s-bash-the-millennial” culture, it’s the idea of having an online personal diary.
It feels juvenile. And let’s admit it: we aren’t living in 2005 anymore.
But then when weighing the pros and cons, daily blogging certainly sounds fascinating. And I’ve been toying around the topic for quite a bit now.
In the course of some research work, two names popped up: Seth Godin (been following him for years now) and Jonas Ellison.
Seth Godin needs no introduction. A prolific figure in the marketing world, the guy has been blogging every day for over 2 decades now. On November 6, 2017, he published his 7,000th post.
Seth has always encouraged people to blog regularly.
“I’m encouraging each one of you to have (a blog). Not to have a blog to make money, because you probably won’t. Not to have a blog, because you’ll have millions and millions of readers, because you probably won’t. But to have a blog because of the discipline it gives you, to know that you’re going to write something tomorrow. Something that might not be read by many people — it doesn’t matter — it will be read by you. If you can build that up, you will begin to think more clearly. You will make predictions. You will make assertions. You will make connections. And there they will be, in type, for you to look at a month or a year later. This practice of sharing your ideas to people who will then choose or not choose to share them helps us get out of our own head, because it’s no longer the narrative inside. It’s the narrative outside, the narrative that you’ve typed up, that you’ve cared enough to share.” — Seth Godin said on one of his podcasts ‘Blogs and Platforms and Permissions’.
(Transcript taken from CJ Chilvers)
Jonas Ellison shares a similar thought. He has a Publication on Medium called ‘On Living’ (71k+ followers) where he blogs almost daily.
In one his posts titled “How one year of daily blogging changed my life”, which dates back to May 1, 2016, Jonas writes:
“Blogging every day forces you to notice the details of your life. You need fodder for the day’s post. And you’ll scour your world to get it. You become hyper-aware. You find ways to turn little subtleties into big ideas. You start writing with questions only to be faced with answers by the time you reach the end of the post. Your headspace literally becomes transformed.”
“I urge you to try this. Mind you, they don’t have to big long posts. Most of mine were 200–300 words. Some are even a few sentences. Just something, every day, in public, from you…. Many of us have daily regimens or habits. Some of us meditate or run or read, etc. I highly recommend taking up blogging. You’ll find that, by sharing your truth with others on a daily basis, not only will you be contributing to them, you’ll start to know yourself at a level deeper than you’ve ever experienced.”
There are many people out there, of course, who claim to have gained a lot from daily blogging.
Honestly, we don’t even need to listen to others understand that blogging regularly is beneficial in many ways. It can be assumed quite safely that it’s extremely rewarding.
So… I am jumping in the bandwagon!
Now, I am not certain about the “daily” part — I’ve always struggled with inconsistencies and routine. But I do plan to stay “regular” and see how things pan out.
There are a few things I am hoping to achieve:
- Have a disciplined routine
- Be more productive (even when I am “not in the mood”)
- Create a lot of awful contents to score a few golden ones once in a while
- Process the ideas and thoughts clearly
- Be held accountable
- Bring fluency in my blogging style
- Measure my growth
- Get out of my head of “what will others think”
The blogs won’t be on what I did today or “I am sad because…”
The idea of having an online personal diary still repels me. (Don’t ask why!)
The regular notes and essays will be on… *we’ll see together!*
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