The art of writing can be an unsettling experience. You’re taking something inside your head, and translating it into a format that can be read & experienced by literally anyone else. You have no control over their perception of what you write, over what they think about your ideas, and as a consequence of that, what they think of you.
In the middle of a recent writing project, I realized that I found the act of writing, and then sharing that work with the world to be profoundly unsettling. Scary, even. That moment made me realize that was time for that to change… or at least, it was time for me to exercise that fear until it no longer kept me from writing.
As if that hadn’t driven the point home, I followed that up by opening Seth Godin’s blog & (‘randomly’) reading his recent blog post about daily blogging, and, well, I think it drove the point home. The best way to better one’s self as a writer, and to gain confidence as a writer, is to write; and not just write, but to share that writing.
So, this is a commitment to doing exactly that, writing here, practicing the written word, sharing ideas, thoughts, and stories. Because what good are ideas if you never share them?