I’ve been thinking about the idea of daily blogging, lately. A few different bloggers–Seth Godin and the author of Steal Like an Artist, Austin Kleon–have written on the value of making daily blog posts, even short ones.
What’s interesting to me is that their reasoning was different from the reasoning I would expect, though of course, I had never even thought of daily blogging before this.
One of their reasons had nothing to do with audience and everything to do with organizing your own thoughts, opinions, and beliefs. Blogging regularly forces you to think about things and formulate an opinion on them.
Another reason was to change the way we think about blogging. Yes, blogging isn’t the most effective medium anymore. I think the top two mediums right now are Youtube and Instagram, but I don’t know the statistics.
Even so, blogging for yourself can be rewarding. You can write about noteworthy things that have happened. Your blog can become a treasure trove of quotes you have discovered, things you have learned, and experiences you want to keep.
Almost like a journal, but one you know will be public.
For me, I used to journal a lot, but in recent years, it’s been harder to allow myself the luxury of using up so much paper. I have so many filled journals that I don’t know what to do with, anymore. Having a place on the internet to, not so much process the more private, emotional things, but to process the contemplative things, sounds nice.
Something else this idea reminds me of: the “morning pages” in the book The Artist’s Way (has a lot of helpful exercises for creative people who want to heal their creative soul, though there is a bit of New Age thinking when it comes to mentioning God). The morning pages are an exercise the author of The Artist’s Way suggests the reader write every day over the course of several weeks. The idea is that writing whatever pops into your head down onto paper helps free up your imagination and once you’ve written down all the worries of the day and gotten all the emotions and burdens out of your system, you will begin to be more open to creative ideas for projects. For a while, I did write these, though after a little while I noticed that it helped for me to not write down every intrusive thought that came into my head, as those are awful and writing them down, for me, increased anxiety instead of decreasing it.
One thing that helped to combat the intrusive thoughts was writing down alternative, more positive, healthy, true thoughts instead, which helped me get my mind off of the intrusive thoughts.
Now, morning pages is different because it is completely private–you are writing only for yourself and you are not allowed to share your morning pages with anyone, except perhaps a trusted, close friend after several weeks of letting the pages sit.
They do work. I noticed that after several weeks of doing them, I got more story ideas and was able to get into writing my stories more. There might be some debate about whether writing by hand or typing is more helpful–I did a mix of both.
Back to the daily blogging idea: It is becoming very tempting for me to try. We’ll see what happens.
Side note: This beautiful blog has been neglected for a year and several months because of adventures that have been happening in my life. There has been danger, recovery, miracles, and trials, to be vague and mysterious. I can say now though that I feel stronger and healthier emotionally now than I have been in a long time, and still climbing upward with periodic rest stops.
Rereading the first blog posts on this website has been a wonderful experience for me, because even now, I’m intrigued by the questions I posed in them. Perhaps they are questions I will be seeking answers to for the rest of my life. At some point, I do aim to return and write about them.
What I’ve been reading lately:
In nonfiction, I have been getting into a wonderful book called The Invisible War by Chip Ingram. So far, it is the most practical, helpful, balanced, grounded, and biblical approach to spiritual warfare I have yet found, and I’m so glad I bought a copy. It’s well-organized, easy to read, and empowering. I would definitely recommend it if you’re interested in better understanding the passage in the New Testament about putting on the armor of God and how to apply it.
In fiction, I finished reading the Fellowship of the Ring for the first time, by audiobook, a few weeks ago. It was wonderful.
I want to get back to reading Watership Downs, as I’ve heard it’s a classic.