If you were to look at the archives of this site you would notice that it used to be extremely active. Many posts a day, some of just a photo or video, and all over the place. Topics covered coffee, cigars, reading, writing, technology, our dog, traveling, annoying people, etc. The content is reflective of when I started this site.
A lot has changed since then. Lots of good things have happened, and lots of things that were not good. I’ve continued to mature, grow, and learn.
My perspective has changed as-well. My wife and I will celebrate 7 years of marriage this summer. I have a 6 month old. I have started two businesses. And life continues to humble me when I’m least expecting it. This has helped to create how I see things, how I approach life, and most importantly (for this post), how and what I write.
I want to write every day
I used to write in a journal every day in high school. I journaled on and off after high school, but didn’t write much at all. The time of my life that I have the most clarity about was when I was in high school. I attribute my sense of clarity towards that time of my life to the fact that I wrote on a daily basis.
This level of clarity is something I desire. The past 10 years have been an absolute whirlwind. I remember bits and pieces, but one cohesive story is lacking. Not that writing will solve all my problems, but I do think it will give me a clearer mind. To that end, I plan to write something on a daily basis.
Writing is good for me. During the storm it provides insight that may be beneficial for navigating to calm waters. When the waters are calm, writing helps to capture and remember those moments.
Writing helps me process things
The act of writing is a personal thing. With my current state of mind, and recent events that I am reflective about, I am writing more for myself than for you, dear reader. Writing helps me to process my thoughts and emotions. If someone else benefits in some small way from my ramblings, then so be it, but that is not my aim. I want to write for my benefit first. Any type of “following” in the form of readership should be a natural outcome from what I have to say about things.
Blogging and WordPress.com
I could just keep a journal. It is private. Always with me, easy to write in, and won’t correct my spelling and grammar mistakes. But then I remove the chance of connecting with like minded individuals. So yes, while I am writing for myself first, I want to also contribute to the larger community of writers and readers around me. This is where the act of blogging and the WordPress.com platform come into play.
What should I write about?
I preempted this post by asking myself (and my wife) what I should write about today. She asked a few questions to get me thinking, and it worked. I realized that by asking that question I was forgetting that I am writing for myself first, and you second. My “voice” will not be present when I’m writing just for you, it will not be natural, and, as a result, it will not be as good writing. Whether the topic is positive or negative, happy or depressing, I will write about it!
By asking the question, I realized my mistake and wanted to write about it. This helped to remind myself why I am writing, and helps to give you useful context about your author.
So there you have it, dear reader. Now you know why I am writing, so now it is your turn. Do you journal? Do you have a blog? If so, why do you write?