Why I'm Blogging Every Day
You might have noticed that I've been posting more often as of late. As in, every day. I recently decided, after reading this blog post, to start blogging on a daily basis.
I used to keep a consistent blogging schedule, publishing posts a couple of times a week on designated days. Since starting to travel, however, I've found sticking to that schedule to be difficult. I would tell myself that I needed to post on Tuesdays, for example, only to have unique opportunities and spontaneous adventures arise and keep me away from my computer that day. I would tell myself that I'd post the next day and adhere to the schedule starting the following week, only to have the same thing happen again. I was getting frustrated and beating myself up for not publishing the way I wanted. The solution? Just write every day.
I swear I read somewhere, a while ago, that it's easier to do something every day than to just do it once a week; the basic argument is that we either do something every day or we never end up doing it. I've found this to be true with other activities - journaling, running, meditating - so it makes sense that writing, at least for me, is the same.
Writing every day means I don't have the excuse of exciting activities that prevent me from sitting down at my laptop. It's an excellent means of preventing procrastination. It also means that I can't indulge my perfectionism and wait several days for the "perfect" blog post to form in my mind. And perhaps most importantly, writing daily makes me more observant: I have to pay close attention to the world around me so that I have something worth putting onto paper at the end of the day.
In this sense, blogging every day is probably the best possible thing I can do while traveling. Sure, it'll make me a better writer, but it has also already made me a better traveler and hence a more interesting (and interested) person. Seth Godin sums it up:
"If you know you have to write a blog post tomorrow, something in writing, something that will be around 6 months from now, about something in the world, you will start looking for something in the world to to write about. You will seek to notice something interesting and to say something creative about it. Well, isn’t that all we’re looking for? The best practice of generously sharing what you notice about the world is exactly the antidote for your fear."
So, cheers to writing daily and sharing the world with you.