I’ve posted many times on here why I believe most people should blog every day. Writing daily is forcing me to read more, it improves my thinking, and I feel that it takes the benefits of journaling and expands them.
Much of my inspiration for daily blogging comes from Seth Godin, and he has another great quote that explains why he does it:
Everyone should write a blog, every day, even if no one reads it. There’s countless reasons why it’s a good idea and I can’t think of one reason it’s a bad idea. Not spouting an opinion or retweeting the click of the day. Instead, outlining what you believe and explaining why.
The part that really stuck out to me was “retweeting the click of the day”. While I don’t see much of that on Twitter, I see quite a lot on Facebook — people simply share things that fit their viewpoint, without any consideration for truth or accuracy. That’s their right, as they often just see things like politics as a hobby, but we can be better.
I certainly retweet/share items I come across that I find interesting, but most of those interesting items turn into blog posts instead. Not only does that give me a chance to verify them a bit more, but I can also dig deeper into my own thoughts about them (“do I really believe that?”) and then move some of those to long-term storage to continue to shape my views.
If you want to just reshare stuff that fits your filter, go for it, but taking some time to explain and unpack will make your opinion much more valued and trusted.