I’ve been writing a blog or public journal post almost daily since July 2008. That’s when I was diagnosed with cancer and first started writing in CaringBridge. For those who are interested, those posts are still live and if you want to read the entire saga, you can do so at the JoshPatrick journal section on my CaringBridge page.
In March of 2010 I had done enough writing about cancer and was ready to transfer my writing to two business websites. The original site has been now merged with this site and there are over 300 entries that I’ve written on business, personal and planning issues here. (If you’re interested in any particular topic, use the search box at the top of this page for specific topical entries.)
I’ve tried to write about activities or things one might want to think about as we try to make our lives better and create value, whatever that might mean in your own life. I hope that so far you’ve enjoyed some of my musings. I know that it’s helped me think through and become more thoughtful about things that happen in my life.
So, how did I start to post blog posts almost every day? Like almost all habits it started slowly and because I did it with regularity it became easier and easier.
For me, the hardest part of blogging is deciding what I want to write about every day. Sometimes topics are just screaming for my attention and other days, I have to think about what interests me that day. The one thing that is true every day, is that when I’m writing about something, I’m always interested in what I’m writing about. I do know that once I start writing, the words just seem to flow. I credit that to writing every day for over four years.
I read a little more than a book a week. I attend about ten to twelve live educational events per year. I have about four to five phone or face-to-face meetings a day. All of these activities provide me with topics that I find interesting.
If I read a great book I make a mind map out of it. I mind map all meetings that I have with others and I mind map all educational programs I go to. From these mind maps I gather hundreds of ideas for what I’m going to write about. As of this post, I have over 300 blog topics that I want to write about, but have not done so yet. So, you can be sure there will be plenty of posts to come.
For me, writing has become a true pleasure. I get a chance to sit down, have a conversation with myself, and share that conversation with you. I want you to know that I truly appreciate it every time one of you reads a post. I love it when you reach out, even though it’s inconvenient to do so. (After all this is a securities related website and needs advertising review which includes no comments allowed.)
It’s the conversation with myself that is the real value of blogging. When we write things down, they become real. Today, I can’t imagine going through a week where I don’t sit down four or five times and write about the things that are important to me.
What about you? What do you do to help create value and hammer in the good ideas that you come across in your mind?
We have a resource center with a variety of mind maps in it. If you’re curious about what a mind map looks like and how it might be used in your life, click on the button below. You’ll be taken to our mind map resource center where you’ll be able to download several maps that we use regularly in our business and life.