When I first got back into daily blogging in late 2020, I shared a post about why I’m doing this. There are a handful of reasons, but the biggest was to help “sharpen my thoughts”. It’s worked well, and it should continue to help.
A quote I heard from Joan Didion (in the book “The Business of Expertise“) was a simple way to put it. Joan said:
I write entirely to find out what I’m thinking.
That’s this blog.
I’ll come across a great quote, or an insight, or a question, or a concern, and I’ll use this as a way to figure out what I think about it. It’s similar to writing in a journal, but I intentionally publish everything online as a way to force myself to think through it a bit further. I can get lazy at times and just jot down some quick notes, but if I’m going to publish for all to read I’ll want to at least make things clear. To get them clear on here, they need to be clear in my head first.
My brain still needs quite a lot of sharpening, so I don’t intend to stop doing this any time soon. If you have a blog of your own, please leave a comment and share with the rest of us so we can all gain a bit of wisdom from one another.