No two ways to shake it, blogging takes commitment. The ability to just write a sentence really is just the tip of the iceberg when it comes to it. If you want to know why the NBI is a good idea, then here are a few things I’ve found of benefit.
Blogging is a social circle
Believe it or not but most bloggers read other blogs and use them as inspiration or for dialogue. Very few people live in silos and blogging is a non-physical way to get to know new people. It also helps expand horizons. Gevlon, Tobold and Syncaine are all on my list of reads because they somehow manage to play complete opposites to each other and each has a valid point of view.
Blogging is cathartic
Back when we were kids often times we were told to keep diaries or journals. You often here of war veterans who kept them during battle, as a way to keep grounded and provide a version of the story if ever they didn’t make it. Blogging is a way to write down, publicly, your thoughts for the internet to host forever (until it becomes sentient and enslaves us). It allows you to get those troublesome ideas out of the head and put them on (virtual) paper. This is incredibly therapeutic and has helped me tremendously in organizing my ideas. Plus, it’s something I can show my kids later on.
Blogging improves communication skills
The more you practice something, the better you get, simple adage. There are two ways to go through this. Either you type and correct before posting or you type and go “I can’t believe I wrote that” after you posted. I aim for the latter. My career path involves a lot of writing, either technical, executive or through briefings. It also involves a lot of public speaking. Over time, I’ve found that my writing voice has changed due to a combination of “practice” writing through blogging and real-world application. Word diversity, thematic representation and overall sentence structure has improved (or evolved I suppose) over time. While it seems fairly non-evident here, I have a profound appreciation for the semi-colon (;), the dash (-), parentheses, and the oxford comma. Blogging has also changed the way that I speak and vice-versa. Sentences are typically succinct, or spread out with apostrophes for dramatic pause. There’s a cadence/rhythm to my ideas that makes them easier to digest.
Blogging is excellent for introverts
I am one. My wife is not. Blogging allows, by some stroke of luck, for my wife to see inside my mind and get a better appreciation for my thought process. Because it takes longer to type a sentence than to say it, you end up putting more weight to the thought. This is a core concept of being introverted – not wanting to say the wrong thing. Blogging also can lead you into breaking out of the shell, either through gaming guilds or podcasts or a bunch of other social vehicles with other bloggers. I’m not saying it’s a cure for introverts because that simply does not exist. Instead, I am saying that it’s a great tool to compensate for some of our more social inhibitions.
Blogging can be done anytime, anywhere
Posting requires an internet connection, blogging does not. I write posts on my phone on the bus, or on my tablet in bed, or on the laptop in front of the TV. I have 3-4 posts going on at any one time, sometimes just to collect ideas for future posts (I have 1 app to collect those). Sometimes it takes me a week to finish an idea, sometimes 5 minutes. There’s nothing wrong with getting a streak of ideas, just schedule them for posting every day or so. That way, when you think about potential updates, you have time to go back and edit. Plus, you’re not spamming the world to read 5 posts in one sitting. It’ll give people a chance to comment on one stream, then come back for another.
For all those reasons and more, blogging is something that’s a fair amount of fun and provides a fair amount of return on investment. Much more than is likely apparent at first.