September 2, 2015

365 Day Writing Challenge

I've never really felt the drive to improve my writing skills. I think it's mostly because of a (probably false) limiting belief that I have about myself: I'm just not a very good writer. But I'd like to get better at it for a few reasons.

  • I think writing is a great tool for organizing and focusing thoughtson a subject.
  • There are really only 2 ways humans can communicate: 1) By speaking and 2) by writing. I probably communicate using #2 more than #1 these days via email and Instant Message and so it wouldn't hurt to get better at it.
  • My memory stinks. By writing things down more consistently, I'll be able to search for them and remember more easily. If I get better at writing, I might start to enjoy it more and then have more motivation to write more stuff down.
  • Maybe something I write will help someone else.
  • It would be neat if my great, great, great, great grandparents had a blog. So, maybe if I write my thoughts down now and if my blog survives longer than I do, my kids and maybe even their kids' kids will be able to have it as a keep sake.
  • I love this quote from Steve Jobs: "Computers are like bicycles for the mind". So, writing down thoughts and saving them in a computer is like extending my mind. Pretty cool.

Starting today (September 2, 2015): I'm challenging myself to try and spend 20 minutes working on my blog every day for a year.

I initially was thinking of challenging myself to write 500 words a day, but I don't think I'm quite at that level yet. We'll see if I can keep the blog up for a year. Baby steps!

Tags: goals writing blog planning personal development