Want to Evolve as a Human? Start a Blog
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Want to Evolve as a Human? Start a Blog

Written by Bev Webb

Topics: Blog-Based Business

Much is written about how blogging can provide you with an outward facing public persona and a shop-window to the world, but how often do we think about how it can also be a tool for our own development? It doesn’t just have to be about putting stuff out there into the world, it’s also about learning and growing for you too.

There are many things I didn’t know before I launched my blog and one of those is that blogging is a lot like a digital version of a Swiss army knife; a multi-tool which can tackle some of the most unexpected of needs. Here are four cool things you can get out of blogging.

1) Clearer Focus

I find the multipotentialite mind is a busy place: coming up with ideas, planning new projects, solving problems or learning new skills. All that activity requires plenty of room to think and sometimes all that info can feel rather squashed in and jumbled up.

As though in a washing machine, ideas can end up going round and round without moving forward. I’ve found that blogging is a great way to get some of those ideas out of the spin cycle in my mind, and onto a linear pathway where they can develop.

Be it writing about concepts that fascinate you, problems you’re tackling, sharing your latest learning, or journalling the progress of a project, your blog can provide the structure to work through ideas, rather than just leaving them all tangled together.

2) Exploration & Experimentation

A blog can be a lab, a testing ground, and a place to explore your multiple interests. It provides a medium through which you can both experiment with and document your ideas and projects.

You don’t have to know where it’s going before you start, as the journey really can be part of the overall experience.

You can work on a really small, beta testing scale to see how things develop without having to commit massive amounts of time or resources. It’s a place to test out ideas, to find out which have potential and you’d like to develop further, as well as weeding out those which are not as interesting or feasible as they might have originally seemed.

3) Journaling Your Progress

You can blog in much the same way as you might keep a journal, and it’s a really handy way of keeping all your notes in one place, as well as being able to see clearly how far you’ve come.

Your blog can become a documentary artifact in it’s own right, as it’s builds together into the story of how something like a simple idea was explored and played with. It’s like capturing snapshots of the evolution of an idea and seeing the whole development process laid bare.

I know many multipotentialites share my fascination with finding out how things work and this is an amazing way to learn more about our minds in an up close and personal way.

4) Helpful Feedback

We know that it’s easy to get absorbed in our own little worlds where we’re surrounded by our ideas, projects and learning opportunities. Blogging can provide a straightforward route to engage with like-minded folk and ask for feedback, discussion and support.

Blogging is a way of creating a two-way discussion, with ideas following both outwards from you into the world, as well as ideas returning back to you in response. It can open up new avenues for exploration that you hadn’t previously considered and even opportunities for collaborating with like-minded folk.

There really is so much more to these simple, online platforms than I’d previously given them credit for.

Over to you!

Do you use your blog for your own personal development? What’s your favorite tip or technique to help explore and develop your projects online?

bevBev is an artist, creativity coach and founder of Kickass Creatives, a website offering practical support to frustrated creatives. She’s over 20 years of working in the arts: experimenting with everything from performing in a fire circus and managing a hiphop dance company, through to web consultancy and jewellery design. Bev is passionate about using her experience to enable others to fully develop (rather than hide) their multitude of talents too. Connect with her on Twitter @creativekickass.

17 Comments

  1. Eric says:

    I started my blog as a parking lot for all the crap that goes through my head. There was no way I could pick just one topic and stay with it. (I tried). Whenever a new interest finds it’s way into my head, like every week, I just start a new category and I can start writing. I just have to keep my self focused and develop the disciplines to do it consistently. Shiny things, you know. :)

    • Bev Webb says:

      Hi Eric
      Yep, blogs are great for both parking all those thoughts and wrangling them into some kind of shape. I like the way you suggest starting new categories when you go off after the next shiny new idea – it feels like the blog is working with, rather than against, your multipotentiality. Many thanks for sharing. :)

  2. Jo says:

    Since stopping my blog, Young Ambitions, a few months ago, I’ve felt a little homeless. I don’t have anywhere to work through all my thoughts and ideas anymore. My blog was definitely the biggest factor in my development over the last year. Just knowing I had to write a post a week kept me on the lookout for ideas and observations, meaning I lived with my eyes wide open. I can’t wait to get my next one up and running.

    • Bev Webb says:

      Hey Jo
      I know what you mean about feeling homeless without your blog as a focus for capturing and playing with your ideas. And yep, totally agree that a blog works as an amazing motivational and accountability tool, which is not something I’d expected. There’s nothing quite like setting yourself a weekly deadline to get things moving – take that, procrastination! :)

  3. Jenny says:

    Yes, yes! Great article! I have grown so much more resilient through blogging. I discovered that the world is more generally a friendly, loving place than I was led to believe. Although I started my blog to help my handmade business, it has become more of a space to develop my writing voice.

    • Bev Webb says:

      Hi Jenny
      Ah, it’s great to hear you’ve had a positive experience through your blogging. It’s so cool to find that there are warm and friendly folk out there who want to connect and lend their support. And as you point out, the experience often has great outcomes that you may never have anticipated, like finding a place to develop your writing voice. I would never have called myself a writer or thought I would really enjoy it, until I actually started to blog! :)

  4. Rick Wolff says:

    I am honestly encouraged by this!
    I am a multipotentialite-wannabe, a three-decade graphic designer ready to mix things up. When I started my blog, I intermixed design-ish industry stories that didn’t energize me with kind of despondent posts that I didn’t know enough to hold back on during my year-long depression (I’ve since deleted them, and I’m out of the depression). I’d been reluctant to get back to blogging, since I felt forced to follow the whole template of pain points, visualizing my ideal client, and helping helping helping. I hope it doesn’t sound selfish, but I think that formula is a straight jacket! I hold back on what I want to talk about, which I relegate to (I know, ugh) Facebook. Or Evernote, which no one sees. Or not writing it down at all. You make me ask the question, WHO SAYS I can’t blog about what I want? Could a little error on the side of self-indulgence possibly be worse than not blogging at all?
    So, thanks!

  5. Suzanna says:

    I started blogging 7 years ago because it seemed like a miraculous switch for writers, to basically publish at will. I didn’t focus on readers at first although I did a series of posts on brain development because I can’t stop sharing that stuff. I’ve had several different blogs and at one point tried to pull them all together in “This Extra Day” when I got all transparent about cancer and my extreme delight at still being alive every morning. That was good but it’s a hard road, being super transparent all the time. It’s not natural for most people. After a few years of running the blogging user group I’ve done my time in the nonfiction realm and have now started a blog for my science fiction. I just want to make a place that I enjoy coming to regularly. If I accomplish that, I think others will enjoy it too. Pain points? Not so much. That’s pure marketing, and I don’t agree that blogs have to come from that angle. Not one bit.

  6. Jen says:

    You’re spot on again, Bev! While I don’t have my own blog, I began freelance blogging for a San Fran company (Good.Co) about 8 months ago. I initially only wanted to gain experience (and some much needed catharsis), so was willing to blog gratuitously, but then it became a paid gig! Once ‘there’, I found the outlet in which to ‘lose myself’ in my writing, develop a network of followers who felt a connection with my article topics, and gain relationships with an entirely new set of work colleagues – all while improving upon my writing ability! Win-win(-win).
    Jen K.-

    • Bev Webb says:

      Hi Jen!
      Oh my goodness, that’s so definitely a win-win! Congrats on developing that opportunity – please keep us posted on how things develop. :)

  7. Dawn says:

    I started my first blog years ago to work through issues with my job. I switched jobs and got rid of the blog – to only start another one a few months later. It is so nice to just write and be able to work through things. I don’t know that I ever had any readers – but there’s just something about putting it out there in the universe that feels more real than a private diary. However – I freak out over privacy and have always deleted my blogs after they serve their purpose. I also never tell anyone I know IRL about them.

    How do you get over the privacy thing? I want to start a blog again and focus on building a renaissance business but am having trouble still overcoming my need for privacy.

  8. Jen says:

    I like this Bev because I just started a blog and everyone seems to be telling me I’m not doing it “right”. But I just want to play…and there is not right way to play!

    • Bev Webb says:

      Hey Jen.
      Play is good! I absolutely can’t see any reason why a blog can’t be a plaything, after all, sometimes you need to spend some time experimenting to find out what you actually want to write about! :)

  9. Ali says:

    I started my blog late last year, and I wasn’t sure what it was going to evolve into. But I’m finding it’s really helping me heal and transform (it’s organically becoming a self-help blog in some weird way) and some of my college friends are contacting me saying that they’ve gotten a lot out of it. So glad I started this! :)

    • Bev Webb says:

      Hi Ali
      That’s so cool! I guess we don’t realise how many other people are thinking the same as us, or going through the same struggles we’re facing. By writing more publicly like on a blog, it actually helps others as well as ourselves – definitely a win-win! :)

  10. Mary says:

    Hi Bev,

    I just started a blog and as a multipotentialite I’m having THE HARDEST time coming up with a name. I have so many things I want to talk about — that all sort of relate in some way (some more than others!). I have my first post written, but no name for the blog! I’ve been brainstorming like crazy. Any tips? Thanks!

    • Bev Webb says:

      Hi Mary!
      Keep playing about without different words and sooner or later things will drop into place name-wise.

      Try listing all the things you want to write about and see what common over-arching theme links them together.For example it might be a theme such as adventure, creativity or wellbeing, and then check out those words in a thesaurus to help with coming up with a name .

      Emilie’s written some great ideas about how to do this in Renaissance Business (http://puttylike.com/renaissance-business/)
      :)

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