“You should have a blog,” said the writing expert helping me organize my thoughts for a book.
I said, “What’s a blog?” Even though I knew I’d do it just because he suggested it.
That was almost six months ago. All he told me about a blog was to write every day. I started a week later– before finding out what a blog really was. I did it right away because it was almost July 4, and everything bad in my life happened on that day. And I had a gut feeling this could help reverse the negative karma.
I was right about the karma. He was right about the blog. And here are my top 5 reasons why:
1. It’s discipline. I did what he told me. I have written a post every single day. Possibly this is the only thing I have done every single day for six months faithfully in my entire life.
2. It’s liberating. That might sound like a contradiction—but the discipline is not the liberating part. That comes from the transparency and exposure. I’m not sure my family and friends appreciate it as much as I do.
3. It’s cheap. It keeps me entertained–learning about all the other people and blogs out there. Especially at the holiday season in this economy. Reading blogs is way more economical than reading catalogues.
4. It’s friendly. I’ve re-connected with people I used to know. Including old boyfriends and people I knew in camp 40 years ago. I’ve also connected with people I never knew. People I might never meet in person but am starting to think of as “friends” from the internet.
5. It’s important. My mother died when I was 18 and I felt I never really knew her. I used to worry that I too would get cancer and die, and my children would never know me. I’m lucky that I survived cancer– so my children could have that chance. Right now they probably know way more than they ever wanted to know about me. They don’t realize yet how important my writing this blog will be to them someday. But I do.