Why I blog

I write to make sense of life. It’s as simple as that. The format that I most often choose is that of the blog post, most commonly writing here at Two Tasks. Sometimes I write for other blog, but most of the time getting words on a screen here is enough for me.

For some of you this will make absolutely no sense at all. I’m not getting paid to write and surely there are better things to do with my time. You’re right, I’m not getting paid to write but I have found that it’s critical for me to have space to think and express my thinking on a wide variety of things. You may have heard of Marcus Buckingham’s (et al.) work on strengths. His book Now, Discover Your Strengths has been very helpful to me in understanding what I like to do, do well, and derive value and positive energy from–his basic definition of a strength.

The Clifton StrengthsFinder assesses my strengths as follows:

  1. Intellection 
  2. Strategic
  3. Input
  4. Learner
  5. Analytical
Four of these strengths find a creative outlet in writing. Intellection is the quality or strength of being a thinking person. I enjoy the act of thinking and reflecting on a subject. When I don’t have the opportunity to do this regularly, I find myself deflated and fatigued.
Input is a funny little strength. In strengths literature it refers to ability or tendency to collect information. It’s a powerful inquisitiveness that often produces a great deal of information on a variety of subjects. Naturally, a blog is great way to express this strength since there is flexibility about the angle or subjects I approach here. Learner is obviously a related theme. I enjoy learning and in some ways believe it’s one of my main callings–it’s the foundation on which much of the rest of my life and work is built.
As an analytical person, I find blogging a helpful way to think through a subject and to interact with what others have thought or written on the matter. This often finds its genesis in reading something that doesn’t quite add up to me. Writing gives me the chance to think through the why and how of my objection.
Much of my writing is work-related, but I do it before the workday begins. Every morning I get up and get a cup of coffee between 5:15 and 5:30. I sit in my living room and start thinking and writing.Two cups later, I’m usually done and ready to start the breakfast routine with the kids. I find that a productive blogging session sets up the rest of the day quite well.