So says Fred Wilson, author of AVC, one of the most widely-read tech blogs. So why does he still blog?
That was topic of his post this morning. Here’s the short answer:
“So why have I continued to blog every day when plenty of people have moved to tweeting and get similar benefits? Well for one, I am a creature of habit and routine and hate breaking things that are working for me. And second, I like to work things out on the page. It’s a puzzle to me. 140 characters is a challenge but ten paragraphs is a bigger challenge. And finally, because you can express yourself more fully in a blog post than a tweet (or a tweet stream).”
His second point really resonated with me. Writing is a powerful way to discover what I really think about something, especially when I write first thing, before my mind has a chance to get cluttered with other people’s ideas.
In short, the idea of morning pages is to write in your journal at the beginning of each and every day, even if you have nothing to say, nothing to figure out. Just write. At least a page. Sometimes it will be worthless. That’s fine. You will just accept it. But more often than not something will emerge after a few pages—perhaps the solution to a problem you’ve been wrestling with, or perhaps even a solution to a problem you weren’t even conscious of. It works. It’s magical. You should try it.
As much as I love Twitter, and I do, I agree with Fred that while 140 characters is a challenge, writing blog posts is ultimately a more gratifying experience because I end up learning more about myself and the world around me.
That’s why I still blog. How about you?