I’m attempting to blog daily (or, at least, Monday through Friday) — not as an attempt to gain more followers or build an audience or somehow monetize my blog. I know those things probably won’t happen. I’m doing so for a lot of reasons; one of which is something I read on a bunny trail I came across last week through CJ Chilvers’s blog (its origination is from Seth Godin’s podcast Akimbo). In a recent episode, Godin says:
I’m encouraging each one of you to have [a blog]… because of the discipline it gives you, to know that you’re going to write something tomorrow. Something that might not be read by many people—it doesn’t matter—it will be read by you. If you can build that up, you will begin to think more clearly. You will make predictions. You will make assertions. You will make connections.
It’s that last bit — “You will make connections” — that stuck with me when I read that. There are other reasons: building up a writing habit is something that is just good for me. Blogging every day helps me harken back to my young teenage years when blogging was everything. It was a brand new medium I could use to express myself any way I wanted. Now, I think the discipline of blogging daily is something that has the potential to benefit me over time. I probably won’t see these amazing leaps and bounds in my thinking immediately. But I hope that I’ll be able to look back in one year’s, two years’, or ten years’ time and understand a little better why I think the way I think, and perhaps make connections I didn’t see clearly.
This is, perhaps, one of the main benefits of blogging as a practice over the mindlessness of certain forms of social media. When I interact with social media, the friction to converse with people and throw my opinion out there is low, but I’m unlikely to scroll back through my timeline. Lack of friction equals low remembrance. The higher friction of pulling out a word processor and typing out a few coherent paragraphs (or more, if I’m feeling indulgent) lends itself to aiding my memory and helping me see clearly (later) not only what I was thinking but why.