Why I Blog

I originally created this blog to hold myself accountable to being courageous - to take time everyday to write about my thoughts and feelings, and to post them to the world.

I watched a Creative Live video on YouTube where I found Seth Godin; I binge-watched several of his videos and became deeply inspired to post on my blog everyday.

“Everyone should blog every single day. If you are in public making predictions and noticing things, your life gets better because you will find a discipline that can't help but benefit you. If you want to do it in a diary that's fine, but the problem with diaries is because they’re private, you can start hiding. In public (in this blog) there it is, 6 weeks ago you said this and 12 weeks ago you said that. Are you able every day to say one thing that’s new that you are willing to stand behind? I think that’s a huge, wonderful practice.” – Seth Godin

In the midst of turning a new leaf, to consciously work on myself everyday, I thought this would be great for my character. I was excited to try something new and to put myself out there, but I was in love with the idea that my thoughts and feelings would be published for my own evidence of growth.

I was recently asked, “Why do you blog?”

In the beginning, it was solely for my own benefit and ‘practice.’ I didn’t care so much about the quality of the content, I was more proud of myself for following through with creating a blog and making time to post my thoughts everyday.

I didn’t do it for anyone’s attention, and actually, I hoped no one was reading them. I journaled about my days until I was able to form solid opinions about things I felt confident sharing.

Once I got in the groove of writing routinely, I not only became more sure of my thought process and speech, but I felt I could truly help people through sharing my story. My intentions changed. I posted more about what I was learning through my experiences, in hopes of inspiring and helping someone.

I felt confident in my writing and in my beliefs, and I began to love telling the story of who I am becoming.

After two months, I hit a wall. I thought, ‘I don’t have sufficient content to post everyday, most people won’t want to read what I have to say.’ This was GREAT. Really, this was valuable for me to see how I naturally create an insanely high standard and when I don’t achieve it, I often go to an all-or-nothing mindset. I will stop blogging completely, fearing the idea of failure.

Acknowledging my fear and self-doubt, I spent two weeks reflecting and took a break from blogging (I never thought writing a blog would teach me so much about myself in such little time! Lol). I took off the pressure I created, floated back down to earth, and remembered why I started my blog to begin with. I also slapped myself in the face with the silly fact that I’ve only been blogging for 2 months. That's an extremely short time period to expect perfection. 

Trial & error is meant for finding solutions, not creating excuses to give up. There are so many more reasons why I need to do this for me, and why I won't let fear get in the way of doing something that is wonderful for my soul.

My new found truth to why I blog:

I blog because I love the challenge of translating my thoughts to words on paper. It makes me more confident in my writing, reading, and speech. 

I blog because it helps me see where I stand on things that are important to me. It reminds me I have a voice and it matters.

I blog because it makes me feel courageous. I feel more self-loving when I conquer my fear of failure and fear of other people's opinions.

I blog because it helps me to become a better version of me.

Olivia Reed