15 Ways that Writing a Blog Makes You Awesome

The benefits far outweigh the costs.

“One of the gifts of being a writer is that it gives you an excuse to do things, to go places and explore. Another is that writing motivates you to look closely at life, at life as it lurches by and tramps around.”

7. You’ll make better arguments. Clear writing comes from clear thinking. Most people struggle in this area. They can stammer their opinions and belligerently repeat some borrowed sound bites, but when the time comes to lay out concise arguments, they struggle.

“Give what you have. To someone, it may be better than you dare to think.”

11. You’ll be able to document your growth. It’s fun to look back on old articles and cringe. Well, kind of. Fun in that, wow what was I thinking, kind of way. But having a record of past successes and mistakes, lessons and viewpoints, provides a great way to reflect and evaluate your changing priorities and perspectives. Seeing how much you’ve changed in the past five years also reinforces the fact that you’ll continue to change in the next five as well.

“The main rule of writing is that if you do it with enough assurance and confidence, you’re allowed to do whatever you like. (That may be a rule for life as well as for writing. But it’s definitely true for writing.) So write your story as it needs to be written. Write it ­honestly, and tell it as best you can. I’m not sure that there are any other rules. Not ones that matter.”

Enemy of the Status Quo.

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