When I first started publishing my own articles online during the summer of my sophomore year of college, it was partially because I felt the days going by too quick, and felt I had little to show for my time. Your mind is constantly working every minute of every day and is bound to come up with at least a few good ideas.
Currently, I’m in the midst of my initial Army training after becoming a commissioned officer. While I am content with my decision to join the Army, I still enjoy keeping up with finance and investing as well as whatever else I find interesting going on in the world. The internet is such a rich place of ideas that I feel like I am learning at a rate faster than I ever have in my life. It's like a firehouse, but I wonder how much I am retaining and putting toward my life.
Several of my favorite people on the internet have expressed the virtues of writing every day. Howard Lindzon writes a daily blog about whatever he’s doing or thinking about in an informal manner, Seth Godin is a prolific and poetic blogger on a wide range of topic every day; and both of them have strongly encouraged others to take up a daily writing habit. Book authors often describe the best way to complete a book on time is by forcing yourself to write a page everyday… even if it is trash.
When I have blogged in the past, it has usually been pretty long from and well thought-out. As I’ve learned more and learned more about what I don’t know I have found myself becoming more hesitant to write in a sea of idea that are probably more though out and researched than my own.
While what I write may not always be the best, it's usually at least okay. And while many may not read it, the process of stringing together my best thoughts of the day may lead to something more profound and hopefully more popular, down the road. My Army schedule may keep me from being able to write every day, but I think at least ~300 words a day is sustainable.
I’ve decided the best way I can live in the moment, process what I am learning, and engage with my passions is by blogging every day.