To the few who have actually been following this blog, you know that I started at the beginning of February. I used to have one on Blogger, but I have actually done more writing this month than I had the previous 3 years so it’s practically moot. Now that my month-long experiment is (nearly) complete I want to share some of the reasons that I took it on.
My number one reason for the endeavor is to improve my writing ability. The more I work on different projects, the more I realize how important conveying one’s thoughts through writing is extremely important. Honing my writing ability will create great dividends.
Not only stylistically, but also writing with a deadline in place. Knowing that I have a number of posts to complete in a given week has added a sense of urgency. This has some importance I my current job, along with other aspects in my life.
Keeping a schedule also forces me to come up with subjects and content on a regular basis, which even in this short time has trained me to always be looking for an angle. Then writing it down. I have had more than a few ideas in the car, but they’ve left me before I’ve written them down. I’m sure they’ll be back at some point.
This type of writing, for me, is quasi-therapeutic. You’ll notice that it’s not like a do a huge amount of research, nor am I applying any sort of method. For the most part, is just my thoughts and opinions that are coming out, and it’s better than having them all trapped in my head, distracting me.
Now, all of these things could have been accomplished by keeping a journal. Why publish it on a blog for the world to see? Do I think so highly of myself that people should hang on to my every word? Not quite.
In the age of the internet, it has never been faster to share information. Good and bad, it all gets out to the world with minimal effort. I want to be a part of the movement! Like it or not, the internet is here to stay and I want to do my tiny part in making it a place that is a little more friendly and helpful.
For better or worse, by putting my thoughts in the public domain I am making the contribution I can today, while working on some of the skills needed to succeed, when I have an opportunity to communicate to a larger audience. Not only that, but any feedback I receive is valuable and can only serve to improve.
This last thing is that maybe, just maybe something I write will provoke some thought or action. When it all comes to an end I hope to be able to honestly say that I have contributed more than I have used. I don’t have any delusions of drastically changing any lives, online or otherwise, but if I can put something on this site that connects with even one person, it will all be worth it.