Survival Strategies For The Insanely Interested: Blogging

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Your insanely interested mind comes up with an idea. A good one. You place it to the correct drawer in the storage room you call your brain. Then another idea pops into your mind. Storage, here we come. And yet another…

You know how it goes: your mind comes up with new ideas at such a pace that you either forget all of them before noon – or even worse – your precious brain blows up.

I want to keep your brain in one piece, that’s why today’s survival strategy (This is strategy #2, so if you haven’t read the first one yet, you might want to read it too) comes to rescue.

Blogging.

After eight months (and 133 posts) of blogging I must say that the decision to start blogging was one of my best ones ever: blogging has made me dig deeper into many things that I would have otherwise stacked in the back of my mind, it has introduced me to interesting people from whom I keep learning something new every day, and it has taught me to concentrate and not give up on a project. Not to mention the impact it has had on my writing routine.

I’m far from perfect, and that’s the beauty of blogging.

1. Always something to learn

  1. Writing more inspiring articles that generate comments.
  2. Getting stumbled or dugg.
  3. Making it to the Digg front page (or maybe you prefer organic growth…)
  4. Getting people to subscribe to your RSS feed. And keep them happy so that they stay subscribed.
  5. Becoming an expert in your field.
  6. Owning a word (Insanely Interested) .
  7. Planning your posts in advance.
  8. Making money from your blog (If you haven’t yet read How To Be a Rockstar Freelancer yet, check it out right after finishing this post).

And the list doesn’t get shorter. It grows.

2. Writing down your ideas helps your brain

Yeah, I know. The section above didn’t do any good for your brain just on the verge of exploding. If anything, now you have even more ideas to store and process. Sorry.

But blogging really does help. Let’s start from the one thing you’re looking for:

  1. When you blog, you have a place to put your ideas in. You can think of it as a backup storage: if you happen to format your brain at some point, you will still have your best ideas stored in your blog.

And now that you don’t have to worry about running out of brain capacity, here’s something new for your brain to process:

  1. Blogging improves your thinking. When I wasn’t blogging, I often got new ideas, thought about them a bit and then put them away – only to forget about them in a few days or less. Blogging changed this: now when I get a great idea, I read about it, write down my experiences and opinions, do some research, and finally blog about it.
  2. Remember your ideas. When you write an idea down you remember it. You don’t even have to go back to check it again.
  3. Track your progress. One of my favorite passtimes when I want to reflect on my past is to go back to some of my early posts in this blog and then compare them with my more recent posts. It shows me how my thinking has evolved during these months and then I can see if the direction I’m headed to is one I want to be going.

Brain full? Start a blog, and let your thoughts run wild.

3. Share it with the world

Every good tip should also include a warning. Here’s mine: If you don’t like people, you shouldn’t blog.

Blogging is about people:

  1. Meeting people: When you work hard to attract more readers, what you’re in fact doing is trying to meet new people. It’s a bit like dating: you expose some aspects of who you are, your interests, your ideas, and hope that people will like you.
  2. Talking to people: You have attracted some readers, now what? You talk to them. You write a post about something you think they would be interested in. And then you listen.
  3. Listening to people: A good discussion isn’t about talking. It’s about listening. And in blogging, I have found that writing a blog post is only a beginning. The call to discussion. And when that call is heard, learning begins.

In short, blogging brings people together to learn from each other.

Through commenting, reading blogs, and writing your own blog, you become part of a community in which by sharing your questions, learnings and ideas with your friends and by reading theirs you keep feeding and exercising your curious mind every day.

That’s it. Now, start.

So, if you haven’t started blogging yet, today is the best time to start (or the second best, as Seth Godin puts it) . And if you do start, let me know about your new blog! I’m curious to see what’s boiling under your hair.

And not to forget the ones who are already blogging or don’t want to start a blog, let’s talk about blogging some more in the comments: What does blogging mean for you? Do you blog? Why? Why not? What’s been your biggest lesson in blogging.

7 thoughts on “Survival Strategies For The Insanely Interested: Blogging

  1. I probably don’t have a serious blog, like you or Ms. Naomi. My posts are too short (I like to get to the point) and too varied (what can I do, I am interested in almost everything). It’s mostly “the notebook I’m happy to share with everybody”, and exists more for me than for the others, mostly because there is not that many subscribers to it :)

  2. Hi Jarkko – Thanks for linking to my post, and to be mentioned in the same sentence with such a great writer like Naomi! Double whammy :)

    All the best,
    Mark

  3. @Sir Jorge: Yep, I agree. It’s the best way to make sure you don’t forget all your great blog post ideas.

    @Naomi: Glad you liked it ;)

    @Lynoure: Don’t worry about it, you have a different goal for you blog – and that’s perfectly OK.

    @Mark: I do my best to group great writers together. ;)

  4. One of the things I love about blogging is that I get to contribute something to a wider audience than just those people I know or see in person on a daily basis. Even my current average of 5 real people a day (25 if you count all the search engine hits), it’s a bit of an ego boost to see that that many people are interested enough to stay for a couple of minutes.

    I can only imagine what it’s like when you start getting a real number of visitors daily.

    I think another good survival strategy (for the insanely interested, that is) is to participate in as much networking as possible (e.g., leaving comments on people’s blogs ;) ), so that you have more people to discuss your multitude of ideas with.

  5. Hi Paul! Contributing to the community is definitely one important survival strategy. And also one of the things that makes blogging worthwhile.

    …and I’m glad you are implementing it because that means more comments and discussion to my blog too ;)

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