5 Reasons Why I Decide To Start Blogging
Why bother blogging when idle sleeping can be a much more pleasant activity? Couldn’t agree less with my inner desire to sleep, but how much fulfilment does one acquire from the pleasure of sleeping? I’ve gone to sleep for probably more than 6935 (365 days X 19 years) times ever since birth, excluding noon naps…but waking up as many times as I’ve slept, apart from the reimbursement of energy and health benefits derived from a sufficient rest, I do not feel any extra fulfillment in my life purpose.
How do I then find, create or put meanings into my life? Seriously Blogging?
Certainly not, the answer isn’t blogging, but to me, writing does change lives, not due to the physical words written on the page but it’s the meanings behind those words that matter: my belief, my ideas, my stories, my loved ones, my inspirations, my growth…
I write because there’s something that I care about.
And I believe you don’t need to be an expert writer to blog, as John Wooden said:
“If you make the effort to do the best of which you’re capable, to try and improve the situation that exists for you, I think that’s success.”
You just need to put your ideas into words and try to deliver the best you can bring out of yourself- that is meaningful success.
1. Memories Fade with Time. Write it, or lose it.
If you have watched the movie Jack Reacher starring Tom Cruise, you’ll probably know that he is a man of muscle memories but sadly I don’t possess such gifted talent that will allow me to remember anything for as long as I want them to be remembered. It gives me a sense of relief when I know that through blogging, I am saving my ideas, memories and experiences in a safe place (or at least quite safe): a reference point where I can always revisit and connect to my past self, in which at the same time allows me to:
Blogging doesn’t immediately bring one to a state of self-reflection, but it starts with bringing one to making simple observations. In order to write, one needs to settle and observe with enthusiasm. Living in a culture of distractions, the world tends to rotate faster than ever, leaving us in a state-of-rush and buzz. When was the last time you ever sit down quietly to write? perhaps high school?
“We are the result of what we were and will be the result of what we are”
In the course of writing, I discover hidden dimensions of myself. Our writings reflect our deepest most subjective patterns, and if we are sensitive enough to be aware of our line of thoughts as we write and think, we can actually venture into a place within our emotional and intellectual self. We are constantly in conversations with ourselves.
Every piece of writing is symbolical to a journey…a journey within as well as a journey without.
3. Sharing is Caring
Many people write blogs but keep it to themselves. There is no problem with that because people are comfortable with different levels of privacy. However, the decision to write and share it with others brings one to the junction of confronting one’s vulnerability. Are you willing to share your experiences with the people around you, if that means exposing your inner psychological thoughts and stories to others?
Well you can choose not to but if you do choose to share whatever you wish to share, you actually open up a side of your heart to others by breaking down small parts of your inner wall. You expose a side of yourself that you willingly wish to share with them.
“We pass so many people on the street everyday, avoiding eye contact. These are the many stories we would never know, never be a part of. A simple smile, a friendly nod, just a simple acknowledgement, could be enough to change someone’s story. You could be a turning point of their bad day, the encouragement they need, the start of a chain reaction. A small action could make a huge difference.” (Claudia Cheng- A Good Society. )
I wish that through my writings, I not only write freely, but write freely with a sense of excitement that shares my discoveries with a sense of optimism and fruitfulness that is able to care for, connect to and impact others in a positive way. As what Claudia said above, I want to be part of a chain reaction to contribute towards something good. Now that is some meaning to life ain’t it?
4. Creativity Spark
Many of us, including me grew up believing that we are not a creative person. But then I realize that creativity has very much been over-rated. We may not be architects or musicians but that doesn’t mean we are not creative people.
“To create… means to bring into existence something new; to give rise to; to establish an association that has never been established before” ~Tony Buzan (in the book “Head First”)
We always believe that in order to be creative, we need to create something out of nothing. Fortunately, that is not true. The creation part is true, but it’s definitely not from nothing. Being creative means the ability to connect and establish associations with things never been done before. The mere act of writing is an embodiment of creativity!
There is a creative spark in each and everyone of us, you just need to discover and connect with it.
5. Network of Community
It amazes me to know that an enormous amount of people actually blogs to be part of a larger community. Making friends with like-minded people and unlike-minded people (why not!) becomes easy. You just need to read and write to let others read. Nature will work it’s way to link up the both of you! As what Joshua Becker said in his blog becoming minimalist ( a really awesome blog to check out):
You’ll meet new people. Whether it be through comments, e-mails, or social media, you may be surprised at how quickly you meet people on-line. And by meet people, I mean legitimately form relationships that seek to serve one another. The blogging community is friendly, encouraging, and genuinely cheering for you to succeed—the only thing missing is you.
Well, why not join me and start writing today!
Jin. or Young.