This morning’s run was a nice easy 6 miles with Rebecca (go check out her blog)! She and I have been talking a lot about blogging recently, as she had a blog in the past, but stopped posting for a little bit and is now back at it (with a little persuasion for me). She made me go to yoga —> I made her start her blog back.
Today I wanted to share a few thoughts about blogging so far. It has only been just over a week since I started this blog, but I feel like it has already been very beneficial and I see its potential to make a big impact in my life (and hopefully someone else’s life as well).
- You become a better writer and better thinker. At its core, writing is communication. It is about recording your thoughts and the process itself is therapeutic, encouraging you to stop and think deeper. You will delve deeper into the matters of your life and the worldview that shapes them.
- You live a more intentional, meaningful life. Once you start writing about your life and the thoughts that shape it, you’ll begin thinking more intentionally about who you are, who you are becoming, and whether you like what you see or not. Because it is not possible to write about every event, every thought, and every happening in your life, blogging becomes a process of choosing to articulate the most meaningful events and the most important thoughts. This process of choice helps you develop an eye for meaningful things. Sometimes the most meaningful things can appear in the most mundane of activities!
- You will become more comfortable opening up to people and will gain confidence. Whether you have 1 reader or 10,000 readers, your blog opens up your life to those on the outside. Transparency in certain areas of you life is good and offers some accountability for areas where you may need it. You will discover more confidence in your life when you realize that you have something to offer others. People will identify with different parts of your story and you start to feel like you have the ability to make a difference to someone.
- Your blog can serve as a personal journal (albeit and very public, personal journal). Blogging trains us to be observant and give thought to the personal growth that we are experiencing. It trains our minds to track life and articulate our experiences. Your blog can become a digital record of your life that is saved “in the cloud.”
- You’ll find a platform to recommend. We all like to recommend something we have found enjoyable or beneficial, whether it be a nice restaurant, a good book, a new activity or an entire new outlook on life. The fullness of joy is not experienced until we have shared that joy with others. A blog provides an opportunity to do that very thing. It provides a platform to share the joy we have experienced and recommend good things we have discovered to others.
And just because you probably need something to make you smile (it is Monday after all), check out these pictures that my mom sent me last weekend. I don’t know anybody else that takes the cat on the boat with them, but leave it to my family. I love them.
I am headed back to yoga for runners this evening. Gotta run!