- Live your life — Follow your standard operating procedure.
- Discover something new — Either through action (as with problem-solving) or through inquiry (as with pondering something and uncovering insight).
- Write it down immediately — Ideally directly into WordPress (or your CMS of choice).
- Share it with the world — Either aggressively on whatever social outlets you engage in or passively by simply making it discoverable.
- Repeat — Improve based on internal and/or external feedback.
The title says it all. I’m challenging myself to blog at least once a week, every week. Until when? I don’t know. Maybe FOREVER!
I’ve struggled with being a perfectionist for my whole professional career and my blogging has absolutely been handicapped by that. It takes me an inordinate amount of time before a blog post is good enough, has been reviewed enough times, has been researched or validated enough, or is original enough. By holding myself accountable for writing something on here each week, I hope to start working through some of that obsession.
I was listening to one of my favorite podcasts last week (This Week In Startups) and famed venture capitalist Fred Wilson was talking about why he values blogging daily (yeah, not weekly, daily). He said that he’s found it super valuable because it forces him to put his thoughts into a coherent format.
I can see a lot of value in that personally. My mind is typically all over the place and I have hundreds of random, strange, useful, useless, innovative, derivative ideas every day. But when it’s in my head, I don’t really need to flesh the idea out or make it coherent. I think this will be a great exercise for that. Putting my thoughts down on paper, as it were, might help me get more value out of them.
Also, did you know the term “Freemium” originated from an random question that ended up as a blog post and a commenter suggested the term “Freemium” to describe a business that had a basic free model but then paid features on top of that? Blogging your ideas allows you to get feedback and help from other brains, too!
I’m stoked about this.