There was a time, barely memorable, when we reflected upon our lives through letters and diaries, baby books, scrapbooks and photo albums. Committing our thoughts to paper documented them for both ourselves and posterity. The pace of writing encouraged introspection, but pens are obsolete and for most of us our thoughts remain in our heads or are shared through a stream of emails, texts, tweets and FB posts.
In my photo albums I have a second grader but in my home, a high school senior. Time has moved on, but until I started writing a blog, my chronicling had not. A blog is a point of personal retrospection, a way to leave something more lasting than a snap chat. This is why you should blog.
1. Socrates opined, “An unexamined life is not worth living.” Just as true 2412 years later.
2. Social media is about being quick and clever. It demands that we are eye-catching and succinct. Subtlety and detail are often lost in the clamor for attention and humor. Blog posts are about the contemplation of our lives and thoughts in far more than 140 characters.
3. Eighty-one percent of Americans think they have a book inside them. Not all of them are wrong. A blog can be the first step on the way to writing an article, book or screenplay. It is a trial run for bigger writing projects that can look just a bit too daunting in their entirely but taken in blog size pieces come to life.
4. Becoming a better writer is good for your brain and there is only one way to improve. Maybe you have the self-discipline to hone your writing in your own little notebook. I don’t. The fear of just one other person reading my scribblings, pushes me to try to get better.
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