This blog has been up for almost two months now, and while there are only a couple of posts published so far, I’m really enjoying writing it! I thought I’d write a few words about why I started the blog and what to expect from it going forward.
A large part of the reason I started this blog was to challenge myself in the area of writing and self expression. Blogging hasn’t exactly been the most obvious choice of hobby for me in the past, since I’ve never thought of myself as someone who likes writing or who is particularly good at it. I don’t know if it’s because of perfectionism or something else, but sitting down and writing long texts has always been a very slow and painful process for me.
So I wanted to expand my comfort zone – not just in the area of writing, but in the area of expressing myself in general. Especially expressing myself in public, which a lot of people can agree is pretty scary if you’re not used to it.
And so far I think it’s working out pretty well! I’m really enjoying writing these posts, even though it still takes me a silly amount of time to finish them. (The first post alone took me over a week.)
The other big reason to start this blog is of course that I have a lot of thoughts and ideas I’d like to share.
I’ve been getting ideas for blog posts on a wide range of topics for several years, but I’ve never made any serious attempt at writing them up or publishing them before now. One strange thing that I’ve noticed though is that once I decided and committed to actually do it, that stream of ideas has exploded into a deluge. At the current pace it doesn’t seem like I will run out of things to write about anytime soon.
I think I will stick to the area of personal growth, productivity and so on for a while. Mostly just because it’s fun to write on this subject, and I’ve been studying and using it in my own work for a while. And as you write it, it forces you to embody more of the positive characteristics you are writing about as well.
From the posts I’ve written or drafted so far, I find it’s really fun to go deep into yourself and write down your innermost thoughts for the world to see. Maybe the fact that I’ve never felt very comfortable with this before makes it feel extra liberating to finally sit down and do it. I guess it’s about taking ownership of something that’s previously been a big challenge, and mastering it on your own terms.
The hard part seems to be finding the right “tone” of a post, and to get into the flow of writing. I’m at a stage where I can very often write something and see that it’s “wrong”, but I can’t see how to fix it. And it’s often a challenge to lock on to the exact right message, and figuring out exactly what it is you want to convey. But once I get a mental lock, it’s like flipping a switch and suddenly I can write pages of text without stop.
I really think that getting better at writing – or any form of expression – is in large part about finding your inner “voice”, the one that authentically represents the real you. And the only way to get better at that is to practice. My biggest goal as a blogger and writer right now is to get better at finding that flow faster. And I can already feel that every time I write a new paragraph, edit a section, or begin a new post, I’m getting a tiny bit better at it.