Nov 19, 2008
Whenever I tell people that I'm participating in this blog post per day event, most people begin laughing hysterically. Then the next thing that people typically do, unprompted, is to start making excuses as to why they don't blog. Most of the time it is something like, "I don't feel like I have anything important to say," and sometimes it's more like "I tried it but nobody was reading it, so I gave up." These are valid reasons why someone shouldn't blog.
But you shouldn't make those excuses, and you should blog anyway. Firstly, writing is a valuable skill in any profession. Simply forcing yourself to write more helps to improve your writing abilities, and ensures that you're able to organize your thoughts in a way that others can understand. Even if it doesn't make your writing any better, it will make you more aware of your shortcomings as a writer. Myself, for instance: I have found that a big problem with my writing is that I start too many sentences with conjugations. I also use way too much of the passive voice and alternate between subjective personal pronouns.
Another reason why you should blog is because it forces you to look at things from different perspectives. I can't count how many times I've begun writing an opinion post, and give up after a while because after putting it into writing, I realize how weak my actual argument is. It makes me question some of my opinions. Conversely, if the argument comes across as strong and obvious, then I am even more certain of my opinion.
Finally, blogging is a classic chicken-and-egg problem. If you don't blog, nobody will read your blog. If people don't read your blog, you won't want to blog. Fortunately if you just remain steadfast during the beginning portion of your blogging life (and make sure to participate with other bloggers who talk about similar things as you), then people will surely start to read your posts.
Honestly now that I'm reading through this article, it seems a bit weak. It's 11:15PM and I can't think of another subject to write about before midnight, though, so this post will have to do!
I hope that you guy start/continue to blog, because it really is a good habit to get into.