Monday, March 10, 2014

Blogging. Why Bother?



(photo compliments of http://blog.genbook.com/)

If everybody else is writing, blogging, posting and sharing their experiences, articles and insight, why should I bother writing myself?  Can I possibly have anything to say that hasn't already been said?

There are hundreds, no, hundreds of thousands of bloggers and millions of thoughts on Twitter. It is impossible to keep up with everything that is out there. On top of that, the stuff I am reading at that moment is already old news by the time I get to it. That can be frustrating. 

The reality is it can be difficult to keep up with all the information that is out there. 

So why bother? Then I found my answer as I stumbled upon a blog. Yes, a blog. Seems ironic, doesn't it? 

The reasons that Joshua Becker writes about I agree with whole heartedly.  He gives 15 reasons. I narrowed my list down to just 5. Check his entire post here

With help from Mr. Becker, here is my condensed 5 reasons to blog.

1. Get smarter, often. When I write, my mind is going a million miles a minute, and that is a good thing! Never sitting still, the mind is hard at work creating and solving problems or scenarios of the day.

2. The new people you will meet. Creating a PLN through the craft of writing, posting, tweeting and responding has been educationally rewarding. Connecting with people globally is powerful.

3. Inspiration everywhere. I have never claimed to be "the smartest person in a room". Blogging affirms that (in a good way) and gives people a chance to see not only what I can write about (the good and the not so good) but also what they can add to the world through their own writing and sharing.

4. Confidence does wonders. Blogging will help you discover more confidence in your life. You will quickly realize that you do live an important life with a unique view and have something to offer others.

5. Lead by example and be better at it. When you share, you learn. When you write, you reflect. When you blog, you gain insight to the other side of the story. People recognize your growth as a leader and it will improve the climate of where you work.

As you scroll through the countless blogs and your twitter feed and the pages upon pages of information, make sure you know your reasons for blogging (and tweeting). Make that connection and find your purpose.

And hopefully for you, like it is for me, it's worth the bother.