On hols this week: idling in Hay on Wye, following a rain-frustrated attempt to walk Offa’s Dyke. Had a very good chat last night about blogging with the family we are staying with. I was arguing that everyone should blog. Here (hugely boiled down and a bit mangled for the sake of brevity) are some of the questions we talked about…
Why (on earth) should I bother blogging?
Writing things down, in words that other people can understand, straightens out crooked thinking and helps you learn; it develops your expression muscles so you can get your point across faster and better in the future; and it enables others to find out about what you are interested in, which starts conversations and brings opportunity you would never otherwise have had. Really.
I don’t have anything interesting to write about
I believe that absolutely everyone is interested in something; and capable of being interesting about it. Not necessarily because you are an expert, but because your experience is unique.
No one will be interested in what I write
Maybe no one you know will be interested but, if you publish your blog publicly, it will help you come across people who are (and perhaps bring opportunity).
I don’t have time to write
You don’t have to write very much: just a paragraph will do. A single paragraph conveys infinitely more meaning than no paragraph at all.
I can’t write
Yes you can. You might be a bit rusty/uncomfortable/self-conscious when you start but you absolutely can. And if you write, you will get better.
You have more opportunity than ever before to shape the world around you. Euan Semple
Whether you are a corporate bod, a mum, a student, an artist or whatever else; I think you will get something from blogging about stuff you are interested in.
Blog all, is what I say.