My Blog Starts Today!
My new favorite podcast has been the “Design Better” podcast hosted by Aarron Walter and Eli Woolery. Yesterday on the road from Philadelphia to Boston, I had the Seth Godin episode on and man was there a lot of incredible insight. I find that sometimes it can be difficult to fully digest all the knowledge that gets poured into the interviews that “Design Better” facilitates on first listen, and I typically need to listen to them at least a few times over. However, after my first listen, my initial takeaway was interestingly more about when Godin talked about his habits rather than the breadth of marketing insights he dropped in the 45 or so minutes. He talked about how he “cooks every night for the past 30 years.” Which I loved. Could I cook every night for 30 years straight? No but I love that he does. Anyways, the habit that especially stood out more to me was when he talked about how “he writes everyday.” He went on to say, “everybody should have a blog that they write in everyday”. Paraphrasing a bit here now but essentially Godin pointed out even if your ideas stink, or your writing isn’t great, just get your ideas on paper. The point being even if nobody ever reads it, the value of you trying to communicate your ideas can have tremendous impact in clarifying your intentions for your work as well as make you more and more effective at communicating your ideas in general. Godin’s comments on writing are yet another example I’ve heard throughout the years from a highly successful person who has a very formalized writing practice. And I think it’s finally starting to stick.
For my entire life, whether it was writing a paper in school, an email or even a text, writing has always felt like this long laborious process that never quite turns out how I want. I want to change that. Now, I’m not saying that I’m trying to make writing any less hard because it’s always going to be hard work, but I don’t want that to detract me from doing it any longer. This is the start to my practice and sometimes the work may not be polished. It may not be glowing with insight or have any remote level of novelty, but it will be my writing. It will reflect that I’m trying and no shying away any longer. So here’s to the beginning.