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11 Reasons Why You Should Blog: A Legacy in Black and White

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.

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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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Grown and Flown: Parenting from the Empty Nest reflects on the arc of parenting with an emphasis on 15-25 year olds. Lisa Endlich Heffernan is an author and wrote a NYT Business Bestseller following a Wall Street career. After working in media, Mary Dell Harrington became a school and hospital volunteer. Counting all five of their kids, they have 93 years of parenting experience. They’ve been working moms and stay-at-home moms and have shepherded their children in and out of elementary, middle and high school. With their youngest now seniors in high school, they have the empty nest in sight.

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Wednesday 13th of November 2013

The perpetual question with a blog is whether the writer/ blogger is writing for herself or for her audience. To serve others or to personally reflect. Always interesting to contemplate, though I largely fall into the latter category.


Wednesday 13th of November 2013

Oops, meant to say the former category. My blogging goal is to share my fitness expertise with midlife women so they can stay happily active as they age.

Kathy @ SMART Living

Wednesday 13th of November 2013

Hi Lisa! I left a message on your website but also wanted to leave one here and say how much I appreciated this post. I'm really working on my gratitude for the month and you've addressed so many of the reasons that I'm so grateful for the blogging experience! Thanks for the reminders. ~Kathy

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