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Writing, Blogging and Journaling

When I started blogging, my thought was that it’s an exercise in writing to an audience, in addition to garnering some attention and, dare I say, cred in the industry that I’ve now worked in for a decade. Blogging is a marathon, and the results are most evident in the compounding of years worth of posts.

Along the way, I discovered that I

  • wanted to practice writing at least a little bit[1], everyday
  • didn’t want to devote the time to edit my writing unless there was a reward in getting feedback and engagement, i.e., I had a lots of people reading my pieces
  • oftentimes had little to talk about, and believed that it’s better to remain silent than to generate unnecessary noise
  • have ideas and topics that come in spurts and bunches

My solution has been to bifurcate my writing into two buckets. This blog is still a creative outlet, updated ideally once a week, but those posts are written well in advance and are timed for release every Tuesday or Wednesday. Adhering to a schedule of pre-writing does mean it’s harder to be topical, but I find myself actually preferring to let current events sit for a bit before reflecting anyway; the heat of the moment sometimes burns away needed perspective.

On top of blogging, I’ve been keeping a digital journal via Day One (which my wife reads unsolicited every other day). It’s an outlet that is low commitment – though I commit an entry daily – which serves the purpose of keeping the habit of writing, without the pressures of capturing and enticing an audience, and is something that I can consult months or years later for nostalgia. It takes 5 minutes to type out a short, personal entry in Day One, while my posts require anywhere from 1/2 an hour to 2-3 hours to weave.

So if you’re in a similar boat – wanting an excuse to practice your art of writing but find blogging time-intensive and intimidating – give diaries and journals a shot.

Footnotes    (↑ returns to text)

  1. Though if I wanted to practice writing a lot everyday, there are services that cater to that desire.
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