Written on April 11, 2015
When I started my writing challenge, my aim was to become more confident with writing. In the process, many unexpected things happened.
In this blog post, I will share the 3 unexpected benefits that I’ve experienced from writing. I hope that it would inspire you to write too.
1. Helping Others
I had been hesitant to share my blog posts on my Facebook because I was afraid that I might receive negative comments. Last week, I decided to share and see what would happen.
At first, nothing happened.
Then I started to receive messages and comments from friends which said that my blog posts have helped them or taught them something.
Justin, my close friend, messaged me to say that my blog post, 9 Things I Do To Be More Productive, made him decide to exercise and exercising gave him a new perspective to his problems:
My junior college teacher (:O) said that she learnt something from the same article. I have never expected to be teaching my teacher. I’m really glad that she benefited from my blog post.
My post, Fighting Against Facebook Notifications, gave my school mate some ideas on how to reduce the time she spends on Facebook. Hope they have worked for her!
I think that we all have our unique experiences and by sharing them, we might help others who are in same position as we are or were.
Thinking back, this is the reason why I started blogging again. I want to “share my experiences and help those in the same situation as me”. I didn’t expect that the few blog posts I wrote would actually help anyone, but I’m glad they have.
So I would recommend more people to write because others would benefit from your writings. What you write would matter. So far, I’ve learnt that my blog posts on lessons I’ve learnt benefited others the most.
2. Good Things Would Happen
Another thing that I did not expect was to be featured by The Republic Of Singapore Air Force on their Facebook page.
One of the administrators discovered my blog post, I Am An Air Force Officer, and wanted to feature me on their Facebook page.
What is great about this is not that I was featured, but that I made my mom and my relatives proud.
When I wrote about my sister, a self-taught cake artist and shared it on Facebook, one of my friends read it and he recently ordered his wedding cake from my sister!
It is not definite that something good would happen when you write, but if you write, chances of it happening would be higher.
3. Strengthen Friendships
The last benefit that I didn’t expect is how my blog posts helped to strengthen my friendships by creating topics for conversations.
Dale, one of my Air Force mates whom I’ve not spoken to for a long time, approached me recently. He realised that we are quite like-minded after reading my blog posts. He shared with me many books that he thinks are useful for entrepreneurs and I’m so grateful for it.
Create > Consume
It’s easier to consume information and use products than to create them. However, by choosing the harder option and creating, we can bring value to the people around us.
I’m not going to lie. Writing is hard. If you noticed, these 3 benefits came from 3 of my blog posts, out of the 28 posts I’ve written so far. Each blog post took me 3 to 8 hours to write.
However, when you find out that you have helped someone with your blog posts or when someone reached out to you to say “Thank you”, you will realise that all that effort is worthwhile ☺
What unexpected things have happened to you when you wrote? I would love to hear them.
(This is my 29th blog post of my 30in30 challenge — 30 blog posts in 30 days. Through this challenge, I hope to feel comfortable and more confident with writing and become better at writing.)