Blogging is one of the natural extensions of an age old hobby, “Arm Chair Dreaming”.
I always like to see what Wikipedia says about Blog
Blogging is educational both to self and others depending on the content.
Blogging starts at your own site like WordPress. One can draft, understand, correct, revise, edit and in one irrational moment Publish for the world at large to see you without the shroud.
As one gains confidence, one ventures to comment on other sites and links to ones own blogs at WordPress. Happiness is looking at the Blog Stats and the links from where viewers emanate.
Next stage is Blogging as a guest on other sites. Some sites will moderate your Blog while some sites will allow you to post without moderation.
The first thought for a rookie Blogger is what do I publish about? What will people think of my Blogs? My inspiraton to Blogging is Penelope Trunk.
For me Blog inspirations have come while I am driving to work, Ballroom Dancing, listening to a lecture, when I am having a not so good experience in a mall, grocery store or a bank.
Call it lateral thinking but so many of the daily events can trigger a Blog.
Next to Ballroom Dancing, Blogging is one of the cleanest, safest, most economical and enriching hobbies one can ever have.
With Blogging one can mentor, be reverse mentored, have lateral thoughts and fine tune the skills of a Design Thinker
One can live like a T or learn how to live like one http://tiny.cc/hr6Du
For instance Blogging led me to Daniel H Pink and his lecture on Motivation as well as his new book Drive.
In one of his lectures Dan Pink talk about “Brevity, Levity & Repetition”
These are beautiful words which trigger us right away for a Blog.
I am in so many meetings at work. The Team members want a brief introduction to our Goal, appreciate moments of light hearted banter to cut the ice and like the deliverables to be repeated, repeated and repeated. This is in essence the secret of many official meeting we may have and will get results. Be it with internal and external clients, peers and mentors.
I would encourage all of us to Blog. We all have a lot to offer. Blogging helps to bring this dormant knowledge to the surface. Believe me, people will read it at some point, comment on it and enrich the community.
Last but not least read the Blogs of others to look at best practices.
Successful blogs take time but you will get there. It is like the successful Tatooist and his band of mutilated sailors 🙂