I’m reading a new book called, “Born to Blog” by marketing superstars Mark Schaefer and Stanford Smith. And in this book, they talk about the WHY behind the blog. Why do people continually push out new posts, even if no one is reading them? Part of the answer belongs to the topic matter. If you’re so passionate about this thing that you find yourself constantly talking to people about it, then it would probably be a good fit for a blog. To a certain extent, that’s me. If you spend long enough time talking to me, chances are the conversation will somehow meander around to blogging or social media.
But there’s more to it than that.
I like helping people. Growing up, I would watch my dad serve others. With almost superhuman strength, he seemed to come to the aid of anyone and everyone. Whether it was breaking out a driveway with a sledgehammer, painting, picking up rotten apples from my grandma’s yard, I never heard him complain or refuse to help.
I remember once at my grandma’s house, we were in her backyard picking up apples from the grass and putting them into the big trash can. One of grandma’s neighbors was also outside working in her yard but she was also watching us. I remember she called my dad over to her fence to talk to him. She was retired, probably in her 70’s. She brings my dad over to the fence to compliment him, she says, “I’ve been watching you bring these boys over Saturday after Saturday to help in this yard and I’ve never heard a harsh word or see you being critical of these boys. You are a great father.”
He kind of dismissed the compliment by thanking her and walked away. I remember being so proud of him at that moment, to be the type of person that lived a life worthy of eliciting praise from a complete stranger. Now, anyone that knows my dad also knows that the dude could yell and was no stranger to harsh words or criticism. But that’s life.
The point is that I grew up watching him help people and do what could to make the lives of all those around him a little bit easier.
So I blog.
It is my hope that somehow, some of the random and possibly worthless shit I’ve learned over the last few years (and am still learning everyday) will be of use to someone. I want to create value for my friends and family. I want to help them start businesses or improve the business they already have. This blogging thing is something that I’m interested in and about which I am passionate and I talk to people who want to start but have no idea how.
So I blog.
I don’t really expect to ever make any money from this project. I don’t expect to change the world or alter the course of history. But hopefully, as you read this it will provide some small inspiration or teach some skill that puts you in a better position to build something amazing.
So I will continue to blog. #sorrynotsorry