OK I know that’s not my best post title ever, but as the day winds down, it’s a title that honestly reflects how I’m feeling. The tired thing is explainable, I’ve had a long work day and then I helped a friend with some technology stuff during the evening. But it’s the uninspired part I want to write about today.
Often, when I’ve asked people why they don’t start their own blog, a common response I get is something like, “oh, nobody would be interested in anything I have to write about.” This makes me sad because I firmly believe that every life contains a story and blogging is a fantastic way to tell that story. And while it would be cool to have thousands of readers — it’d be one heck of an ego trip — the reality is that a story does not require readership to make it valid or meaningful.
I find inspiration in stories, I love reading about the things people do, the experiences people have, the passions that drive them. I consider it an honor when someone is willing to share their story with me because it gives me an opportunity to have a rare glimpse into their life, to learn something new, to maybe shift my own understanding or perceptions about things and that helps me grow as a person.
So, while I might be feeling tired and uninspired, I hope that someone, somewhere, will read this and maybe be inspired to start their own blog someday. Remember, you have your own fascinating story to tell and whether you have a thousand readers or none, your story is unique in only a way that you can tell it.
So, what to blog about? I’ve blogged about a variety of things such as my experiences with Android in 2016, I blogged about how I used OneNote to help me manage a medical crisis, I blogged about the first time I drank coconut milk, directly from a coconut, I blogged about my first impressions of India when I was fortunate enough to have the opportunity to visit. I have no idea how many people read those entries — maybe nobody — but all of them make up just a fraction of the story that is my life. In short if you’re remotely considering starting a blog, but aren’t sure where to begin, don’t over-think it, just write. Write about what you’re doing right now. Write about what you hope to do. Write about a trip you’re taking, or maybe one you’ve already taken. Write about something you believe in. Write about something that has meaning to you. And if you do start that blog, let me know in the comments here or on my contact form as I’d love to check it out.