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?
Bev 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.