Finding yourself through blogging – part 2

Many of us start blogging because we have all this pent-up communication that we have not been able to deliver. Others blog to recall the good old days when things seemed to be better.

This is beginning to sound like a take-off from the song, Hotel California, by the Eagles: Some blog to remember. Some blog to forget…

No matter how one starts, it is quite evident that the act of blogging causes changes in viewpoints and purposes in the blogger!

Often this seems to be a direct result of writing down and analyzing events of the past. When this is honestly done, I find that old issues seem to resolve themselves.

Writing out a complete account of an old upset or regret for the entire world to view seems to bring out facts and attitudes that were missed at the time. The end result is that the old incident is no longer of interest. It seems to fade from view except as an interesting footnote to an earlier point in life.

There is another effect, which I didn’t anticipate and is even more significant in some ways. My purpose in blogging is being steadily influenced by the bloggers I encounter. This has happened several times and has caused me to write one book and start two others.

The primary mechanism that seems to be at work here is that a blogger will make a casual observation about my blogging which stops me dead in my tracks. Not because it is upsetting, it stops me short because it is something quite obvious which I have completely overlooked.

The first revelation was triggered by my dear friend Rosa Say, whose weblog, Talking Story, is an inspiration for anyone seeking a path to enlightened leadership. She observed that I was an inspirational business blog. At the time, this was news to me since I was writing whatever came to mind. I assessed my writing and concluded that I was indeed writing a lot about business, from a post-corporate viewpoint. That got me to sharpen my focus and resulted in my writing Danger Quicksand – Have A Nice Day.

The most recent revelation came when following a chain of links to Work-related Blogs and Work. James Richards, a lecturer at a university in Scotland, is trying to make sense of work: Bringing work blogs and work-related news together .    

I realized from reading his weblog that I write about businesses as workplaces. I don’t think of them as clients or customers. Almost all of my writing is done from an employee, owner, or customer viewpoint. My interest is in defining what is necessary to achieve an optimum balance between work and life outside of work.

I wrote a recent post Satisfying Work, which affirms my orientation toward recognizing and creating saner work practices for a happier, more productive life.

Business blogs are written for the purpose of getting a corporation to do or buy something. Work blogs are written for the purpose of enabling employees, at any level, to achieve goals that may currently be out of reach.

I will probably be making some subtle adjustments to my blogging image to show Ripples as a work/life/philosophy blog. There is no shortage of genres to choose from.

This is what blogging is all about. You conceive of something, write about it, and it causes you to change your course of action as a result. The only barriers are in your own mind. Once you break through them, the sky is the limit. You write, and it affects creates your future. If that scares you, don’t blog. 🙂

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0 Responses to Finding yourself through blogging – part 2

  1. Zuleme says:

    Your blog has been an inspiration to me and after mulling over the pros and cons of starting a blog I’ve decided to go with it and have registered two names. When you wrote about how the web has removed the boundaries to being a writer I just felt like you hit the proverbial nail on the proverbial head and I decided to go ahead and put my entire children’s novel on one of my sites and also add mp3’s of my music. It will take a while but I’ll let you know.
    I will be writing about place, creativity, history and cats, and whatever else comes up. I’ve been a writer all my life, it’s time to stop worrying about finding a publisher to make me one.
    Thanks! Keep on writing. I read you every morning!

  2. Dear David,

    Thank you for the inspiration you provide through your writing. I define myself a passionate communicator interested in making connections with ideas and helping people connect with each other to make things happen. Some people have called me a Renaissance Person.

    Made in Italy, I’ve crated a life in the Philadelphia area for the past 17 years. Five of those up to now, spent facilitating the online and offline readers’ group of Fast Company magazine — 330+ self-proclaimed thought leaders.

    I completely agree with you on the front of confronting and developing one’s thoughts through writing. A most fascinating book that helped me make conscious use of conversation has been “Dialogue and the Art of Thinking Together” by William Isaacs. Multiple other materials on sociology, psychology and all the other ‘logos’ disciplines highlight the power of creation through social interaction — be that verbal or non verbal. Certainly, writing stabilizes information; we are visual creatures.

    Again, thank you for the gift of your thoughts and ideas expressed in such pleasurable form.

    Warmly.

  3. vikk says:

    You ended with: The only barriers are in your own mind. Once you break through them, the sky is the limit. You write, and it affects creates your future. If that scares you, don’t blog. 🙂

    Having defined myself as a writer a number of years ago and long before I became traditionally and/or non-traditionally published, the process of blogging as a form of writing seemed to fall from the sky into my lap and was instantly viewed and received as a great gift. Blogging moves the writer into the immediate knowledge of having something to say that will be read. It is no longer internal dialogue or private journaling. There is a new element and the awareness of the reader is immediate through the commentary feature. Blogging can be a great tool to help develop a writer as the form demands frequent practice and the growing awareness of the impace of one’s words on another. In blogging a writer may move more quickly into writing for a readership than in any other more “private” form of writing. And the simple discipline of a required steady practice of writing on a daily or near-daily schedule provides another way for the writer to develop their style, work through their preliminary thoughts, and often create thoughtful, short essays as well as defined commentary.
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    PING:
    TITLE: The effect of blogging on the writing process and Zen in the Art of Writing
    URL: http://vikk.typepad.com/down_the_writers_path/2005/05/the_effect_of_b.html
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    BLOG NAME: down the writer’s path
    DATE: 05/11/2005 01:01:59 PM
    One of the beauties of blogging is the capability to take your reader directly to an online source, a piece of writing, or a current discussion. You also have the ability to provide your own commentary on the subject under

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