When I tell some of my friends that I take about 6 hours to write and publish a post, they are surprised. Firstly, 6 hours is too much of time; Secondly, if I did have the time I wouldn’t have the patience – they say.
Some of us who have so much to say, so much to write but we don’t. Already registered a blog, probably even wrote the first post but then forgot about it. I’ll tell you why that happens.
- It happens because we are scared to put ourselves there
What are my colleagues going to think of me? What is my brother going to think of me? What will my friends think of me? How will I be received? Yes, I agree with you, you will be taken differently. You will be judged based on what you write. But that is what you exactly want? To show who you are.
Reason (1) why I write : To show my true self; To tell my story.
I tweeted the following post last year
The things we fear are probably feared by others, and when we avoid them, we’re doing what others are doing as well.
Which is why there’s a scarcity of whatever work it is we’re avoiding.
And of course, scarcity often creates value.
The shortcut is simple: if you’re afraid of something, of putting yourself out there, of creating a kind of connection or a promise, that’s a clue that you’re on the right track. Go, do that.
Every hair on my body stood reading this.
In the above post, Seth talked about something I already knew, something simple and yet it made a deep impact.
I still remember my friend Advith’s reply tweet – Articulating simple things well is such an art
Reason (2) why I write : I love the art of writing
People give me various kinds of advice on how to increase the traffic around here. Criticize they say, don’t mind spamming they say and other tricks. Not my cup of tea. The noise of aunty from neighboring house, noise of honking vehicles, noise of marketers selling their products is already too much. The world has more noise than it can take. I don’t want to add anymore for the sake of increasing traffic.
I write because I want to connect with people who resonate with what I write, who trust me.
Reason (3) why I write : To connect with people like me
At the end of 2011, I shared a strategy which I called Golden rule of getting up early:
As soon as the alarm rings. You switch off the alarm, switch off your mind. Go and sit on the potty
Even though I’d used this strategy to wake up early, I didn’t really believe that this could really help someone. Turned out it did. On my last day at office my colleague was kind enough to appreciate my writings.
That is when I started believing that I could be useful through a blog. Then on my primary aim of writing here shifted from pleasing some bunch of people or attracting more traffic to sharing my story and being useful.
Reason (4) why I write : Be useful
There are times I go back and read my old posts. I sit there, read and wonder – Wow! How could I even do that – write so beautifully.
One admiring one’s own work is such a wonderful thing. That is probably when people say – they love what they do. Writing is such a thing for me. Every post I write is an accomplishment. Every post I write is one more part of me that I am exposing. I can’t imagine without doing it.
Reason (5) why I write : Keeps me moving forward
All these reasons make seem that spending 6 hours to write a post isn’t a big deal. Is it?
Btw, Do you write? What are your reasons?