This 100 days of blogging might have been a bad idea. I’ve spent the day thinking about what I should write about and discarding ideas; I realized that I don’t need to write if I don’t have anything I want to share. It feels like I would be making noise for the sake of a checkbox rather than a solid reason.
So what is a good reason, then? For some people, it sounds like 100 days of blogging would be a way to build a habit. But you also want to think about audience. Am I just writing words to be thrown out into the ether? Am I writing to promote an idea? Myself? I usually use this platform to share interesting ideas and that can hold true for my sabbatical, too: if I want to make sure that I can look back and appreciate this time, then I should document it. The audience is partly me and partly anyone who may be interested in followed along.
This also got me thinking about democratizing publishing. In the past there was always time kind of bar to get words published, be it for a newspaper, a book, or even a paper. These days, anyone can put their words out there and anyone can choose to read them. Great — but just because you can say anything you want doesn’t mean you should say anything that comes to mind. Or maybe you should, if you want to. For myself, I think my personal filter is set pretty high — you do you.
Either way, this concludes my 100 days of blogging at day 2/100 – but I commit to documenting highlights over the next three months.