blogging

The worst reason you could write a blog

Recognition.  

The worst reason you could write a blog is to gain recognition.  Recognition alters your content.  It changes your words from a generous offering to digging for thoughts that will be read.  I think it's natural that someone would write to be read.  But we have to look back and ask ourselves the hard question: "Why participate in social media at all?"

Because what we want is your best creative offering.  Something that is a gift to us.  Something that feels generous and reads easy.

I remind myself that if I try to write something complicated I'm trying to be read instead of trying to contribute.

I could say all the same things about leadership.  That's why blogging is such a great tool for leaders.  Leadership should be clear.  Leadership should be an offering.  Leadership should help others.

What are some other pitfalls for bloggers trying to write to be read instead of writing to contribute?  Please leave your comment below!

 

How blogging can add value to your life

A very small percentage of leaders I know blog. Although all of them have something to contribute few are able to because of time constraints. When a leader decides not to blog who is getting cheated? The reader or the leader?

For years I didn't look at blogs. I thought the only men blogging were sports writers. But then Twitter introduced me to blog authors I didn't know were out there. John C. Maxwell was blogging! Few books have had a impact on my leadership style more than 21 Irrefutable Laws of Leadership. Soon after I began to hear about Seth Godin and started to read his books. Tribes was an eye opener and it changed my view on blogs from tools of self promotion to tools that challenged personal ideas.

I believe leaders are cheated by not blogging. Blogging forces me to think. It forces me to be creative. It forces me to think about relationships. It forces me to view the horizon and see what's coming next. My blog has taught me how to share ideas with clarity. My blog forces me to ship, to not wait or put off. Blogging has also allowed me to network with other leaders outside of my personal and professional life. As you can see, blogging has added a tremendous amount of value to my life as a leader.

So don't write to be read, write to challenge yourself. Write to become a better leader. Write to become a leader better at sharing ideas.

What keeps you from blogging? Or what have you gained by blogging?

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