Second Thoughts

I’m having second thoughts about daily blogging. Maybe this is the result of reading Jaron Lanier’s Ten Arguments for Deleting Your Social Media Accounts Right Now, from which I’m learning a lot. I want to have less to do not only with social media but with computer devices. I want to recover the freedom I’ve lost as a result of too much interaction with digital devices. I want to be focused while reading a book instead of being distracted by the thought that I should blog about this right now. So maybe I’ll blog once a week instead. Now that was fast!

Selfish blogging?

Yesterday I said I’ll try blogging daily again. The question of course is, “What should I blog about?” Since my blog is about self-improvement (among others) in terms of clarifying my thoughts regarding things that interest me, it follows that I should blog about things that interest me. I hope this doesn’t come across to readers of this blog as being selfish. Of course, I care about readers of this blog, but, paradoxically, one way I care for them is simply to be true to my purpose. I assume some people read my blog because they find what I have to say interesting, and if ever that’s true it’s because I myself find the topics I write about interesting.

In any event, per Seth’s advice, one should blog daily even if no one else reads your blog because of the personal benefits one gets from the activity. Thankfully, some do read what I have to say; but, candidly, that’s more of a great by-product than the primary goal.

Year-end reflections on blogging

I haven’t blogged for a while. For some reason, I just grew weary of blogging. It didn’t help that the keyboards I use with my iPad Pro often don’t work. Sometimes they do, sometimes they don’t, and it’s frustrating enough to make me put blogging aside.

Recently, I read again what Seth Godin had to say about blogging. Blog (even if no one else reads your blog) because it does something for you. It’s a way to improve oneself. Blogging helps to clarify your thoughts about things you’re interested in. It helps you generate ideas and sharpen them. So blog everyday.

So here I am again giving it another try. I preach in my church once in a while and I realize that blogging serves as a way of preparing for the time I actually get to stand in the pulpit. That alone should be enough to motivate me to blog everyday.

Also, I get to hone my thinking and writing skills. I need to do this regularly even if only for the sake of my law practice. And I get to share thoughts that may benefit those who get to read them. The poems I post here get a few likes now and then by people who are real poets, and I find that encouraging.

Seth says he blogs without bothering to check the stats. I resonate with that. Just blog. Everyday. Because it´s good for you. It helps you even if no one else reads your blog. So here I go again. I don´t know how long I´ll be able to keep this up, but there´s no harm in trying again.