It started as a bit of a whim. I’d watched a YouTube interview with Seth Godin, who’s written a daily blog post for several years now. He spoke about the benefits of daily blogging – to him it was a way of thoughtfully reflecting on the previous day.
I’ve always enjoyed writing, and write a personal journal every morning, so it didn’t seem such a big deal to also write a blog post each day. These weren’t going to be the standard, SEO-friendly posts that people write these days. No, this was going to be from the heart, my thoughtful examination of events around me. It could be about what happened the day before, something I’d read online, or a conversation I’d had. To be honest, I was just going to write about whatever the hell I liked.
Its been an interesting process. I’ve missed two days – 9th & 10th November, as we were all coming to terms with the US Presidential Election result. It didn’t seem right to be posting when something of that magnitude was unfolding. It still doesn’t seem real, but I’m not going to get into politics here, at least not just now.
So what have I learned by writing every day?
- I’ve enjoyed the process of reflecting on the day before and thinking about what I’ve learned. It’s been a positive experience, which I’m glad I started;
- There are some wonderful people out there who take time to read, like, and comment on everything that I post. Every. Single. Day. I’m humbled by that, and hugely grateful. You know who you are;
- Looking back, most of what I’ve written has been about business and work. I think I’ll start to mix it up a little and write about other areas of my life;
- The world we live in is pretty fucked up. People have more wealth than ever before, but are more stressed and unhappy than at any time in the past. I guess that money really doesn’t buy you happiness;
- I’ve noticed that a lot of people are very self-centred. It’s all about ‘me’, and many of them don’t think about others, particularly those less fortunate than themselves. That concerns me.
My observation skills, which were pretty good beforehand, have definitely improved. I find myself looking for things to talk about. I’m conscious that if I’m going to write a daily post, then it needs to be meaningful. The moment that I find myself struggling to find something to say is the moment that I’ll stop – I’m only doing this while I think it adds value, both to me and to you.
So there we have it. I’ve already got an idea for what I want to talk about tomorrow, which is always a good sign!
Have a wonderful day.