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Why Blog?


Writing is like a muscle—the more you use it, the stronger it gets. And therein lies the power of blogging: it’s a disciplined flexing of the connection between thought and language. If I commit to writing something and posting it every day, it forces me to form some (hopefully) cohesive thought and put it into words.

Then make it public. This part is super important—it keeps me honest and accountable.

The reality is that I’m not always sure what I post is useful for anyone else, but forcing myself to write something and make it public strengthens the neural circuits in my brain that express thoughts into words. There’s often no editing involved, so that’s a bit of a highwire act in itself.

But there are other benefits as well. The discipline of knowing I have to post something forces me to be actively engaged with the world around me. Creative types tend to live in their heads; daily blogging requires paying attention to what’s happening around me if for no other reason than I need something to post about.

There’s also this: I’m trying to put something positive out into the world. A very unstable, fucked up world where negativity seems to be the currency of the day.

So there’s that.