Carolyn Baana’s blog is one of my favorites. It’s succinct and full of usable information to better your life. Understandable, I guess considering what Carolyn does for a living. She’s spent the last few years as a career coach helping people achieve their career and life goals. Luckily for us, she shares her expertise on Areavoices at http://carolynbaana.areavoices.com.
I like her attitude about blogging so much, I asked her to write a guest blog about what she’s enjoyed about writing her blog and why she makes it a priority.
A few years ago I spent several weeks working my way through The Artists Way with a group of talented and ambitious women. For those who havent heard of the book, its about finding and expressing creativity. As I went through the process, I felt as if I was never going to find a true creative outlet, being that my artistic side pretty much consists of me purchasing art, never creating it!
Enter blogging. As I wrote my first posts and sent them to friends, one of my Artist Way cohorts replied back, Carolyn, these are your Morning Pages! referring to a daily process of journaling three pages in long-hand each morning (augh!). Blogging is so much easier!
After consulting with a few bloggers, I decided to write every weekday but to keep my posts under 500 words (most are about 250-300). I also had an epiphany on my format while on the treadmill one day such an odd occurrence that it must have made my brains creative juices splash around. I then, as my first post indicated, made my mark and began blogging.
Here are some surprises:
- Ive really enjoyed it! Since I began blogging Ive learned that a side-benefit of blogging is that it makes the blogger happier. Similar to journaling, only better.
- Blogging makes me think about things a little differently. Im always seeking lessons that I can incorporate into my posts from daily life.
- I seek to learn so I can share. Ive sought out books, articles and blogs that I wouldnt have otherwise found in search of information to support my posts.
- Its delightful to run into friends and acquaintances that share how they enjoyed a particular post or topic.
It can be work, but a post always comes forward when I sit down in front of the keyboard. Thinking about starting up a blog? I encourage you to make the mark and begin.