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The Art & Commerce of the Blog, Part 2

I’m not sure why I didn’t stop writing when my reading circle stopped growing beyond 12 people. Maybe it is because blogging is inherently valuable to me. The responsibility of it makes me notice the details of my experiences and feelings. I live life more fully because I blog.

This was one of the comments on my last blog entry. Thank you so much to “PrincessMax” for this.

Her sentiment rings true. Someone famously said, “I don’t know what I think until I write it down.” As a newspaper/magazine columnist, the pressure to produce something fit to be printed on a weekly basis made me pay attention to the world around me in ways I would have never done otherwise. Crassly put, I was searching for column fodder. But it turned into a mindfulness practice, too, keeping me alert to the pleasures and pains of my life, my community, my world.

Sounds like naval-gazing, but it’s not. At least not if you take the time and do the work to shape your experience and reach for insight.

Blog on.

3 Comments

  1. Lavender Luz on June 23, 2009 at 4:27 pm

    I find that blogging makes me view my days differently. You’re right — it makes me more mindful of what’s going on because I just might want to document it!

  2. PrincessMax on June 23, 2009 at 10:57 pm

    How fun to see my words on your blog. Thanks for responding.

  3. Laura Cococcia on June 24, 2009 at 6:28 am

    I blog every day. Sometimes I can’t wait to get up and do it, other times I don’t want to do it at all. Those “I don’t want to do it” times are the ones when I realize I’m stuck in whatever way. I just back up, reflect a bit and let it come back to me. Yes, it’s a great writing tool, but it’s one of the best self-discovery tools I’ve found yet.

    Thanks Anita! Your words are always inspiring.

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