Reasons to write (even when no one is watching)

Since we are currently going through the annual “This is the year blogging makes a comeback!” cycle, here are a couple of posts I saw recently about the value of publishing your thoughts—even if you don’t have an audience.

Clive Thompson in How Blogging Changes The Way You Think:

Like most people, my head is full of thoughts and stuff I have opinions on. I conduct enthusiastic debates in my head, and internally anyway, I’m always super convincing, right? But when I sit down to write a blog post about something — that’s when I have to figure out what I really think, and what I really know, about a subject.

Kyle Lambert in Reasons to keep writing even when no one shows up:

When you write on a personal site, you create a library of content. Libraries allow you to reference the things you learned and share them when questions arise. In addition, they are searchable and benefit others. […] Write down what you learn. You will find it valuable later.

✴️ Also on

Rian van der Merwe Elezea // The B-Sides