“Blogging is like work, but without coworkers thwarting you at every turn.” – Scott Adams
Why start a blog?
There are many reasons to start a blog, but here are a few:
- Working on your blog is working on your life.
- Blogging is a way to learn how to ship ideas and incremental value (to yourself and others.)
- Blogging is also a way to grow and share your expertise.
- Blogging is also a way to build your personal platform for impact.
- Blogging is a way to spend more time doing what makes you come alive.
For some, starting a blog means freedom. They want to be able to work anywhere, anytime. For others, starting a blog means sharing their hobby or passion with the world. For others, starting a blog provides a way to give back and share what they learned from the school of hard knocks.
Blogging is a way to find your voice.
Blogging is a way to highlight what’s happening in your life.
Blogging is a way to write out loud.
When you start a blog, you should know why you do it.
If you know why you want to start a blog, it will help you keep going.
Maybe you want to start a blog because you are a life-long learner, and blogging is a way to keep the spirit alive. Maybe you are retired, but you want to start a blog as a way to stay in the game, on your terms.
Maybe you want to start a blog to solve a problem you hate or to help somebody you love. Many brilliant blogs were started because a parent wanted to teach their kid something they learned the hard way.
Maybe you want to start a blog to learn how to start an online business. Or maybe you want to create a six-figure second income with your blog.
Or, maybe you just want to share your ideas with the world, and let serendipity run its course.
I started Sources of Insight to help empower people. I wanted to create a library of success patterns and practices that could help people get better results in work and life. I wanted to help people master their world, by first mastering themselves.
I also see blogging as a way to keep learning.
Regardless of why you start a blog, don’t just focus on the outcomes. Enjoy the journey, too. If it feels like a chore, you’re doing it wrong. It’s a challenge and a chance to build your skills. It’s a journey that’s filled with leadership moments, learning opportunities, and teachable moments.
Never stop learning.
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