When you blog for almost 400 days straight, sometimes you get emails asking how to blog every day.
The average blog lasts 6 weeks (42 days), and when I started Live with Flair, I wondered if blogging would stick for me. Would it fizzle? Would anyone read it? Would this whole thing continue?
It did. I love it, and I look forward to it every day. Sometimes I have 10 minutes to write. Sometimes an entire hour clears. Either way, I write. And along the way, I figured out three secrets to blogging every single day.
Here they are:
1. You have to ask yourself a good question.
My question for each day is simple: Where's the flair? This question means that blogging is my commonplace book--that treasury I keep of answers to a question.
There's a genuine question to answer today, and, as you've read before, I pray for the answer (usually in the shower when I'm tempted to feel grumpy about the day). I have to believe that the answer to the question inspires someone else as well. That's the second secret of daily blogging:
2. You have to believe that what you write will be good for someone else.
I've talked to so many bloggers who don't think their thoughts are worth anything to anybody else. These last few years, I've seen brilliant student writers refuse to share their work in class because they think it's "worthless" and "nobody cares."
What if we did? What if your thoughts today could inspire a whole community? We do care, and your thoughts can inspire.
Living with flair means we ask good questions and build a treasury of wisdom to offer to others. Sure critics will come against you. Sure you'll think nobody cares. But when you learn something and pass it on to others, you're engaging in an ancient art of recording wisdom for future generations. Why wouldn't we blog every day? Why wouldn't we ask ourselves philosophical questions every single day and tell someone what we think?
In this way, we also build a community of readers--fellow pilgrims--who join in and contribute their own wisdom. It's a beautiful thing. Right now, we can say "hello" to readers in Germany, New Zealand, Nigeria, and Australia. We can engage with readers from Turkey, the Netherlands, Taiwan, Russia, and Italy. (Hello friends!)
Blogging means I'm going international every day. That's the final secret:
3. You blog every day because you have an appointment with your readers.
I hope this post encourages fellow bloggers and reminds you why you started blogging in the first place.
Journal: What question am I trying to answer today? Do I believe I have wisdom to share? Do I have a community with whom I might share these thoughts? We are all waiting to hear what you think!