Written on April 2, 2015
Most of the time, I write because I want to provide value to others.
I want to provide value to others through my blog posts because I want people to read them. My assumption is that most people prefer to read articles that are useful to them.
I want people to read my blog posts because I want to be known as a thought leader, like Ryan Hoover for products.
I want people to read my blog posts because I want to be known as a good writer (and hopefully to earn some money).
Today, I had an epiphany. I felt that writing to achieve those goals seems to make writing a means to an end. I think wanting to be a thought leader and a good writer is not wrong. However, when I focus only on the final result, I miss out the joy during the process.
I want to write popular blog posts. I would be happy when I feel that I wrote a useful post and irritated when I couldn’t produce a post I’m satisfied with but I would have forgotten to enjoy the writing process.
Hence from now on, I hope to adjust my attitude to writing. I want to remember to enjoy the process of writing. I know that I would continue to judge my posts; but the two are not mutually exclusive. I think I can enjoy the process of writing and eventually produce a quality piece.
When I started this post, I only thought about the process of writing. As I wrote the post, I realised that this attitude could be applied to many other aspects of my life.
I realised that so often, I chase for the end goal and judge myself based on the result; but would have forgotten to enjoy the process.
I want to be able to build products. I would be delighted when others praise my simple website and disheartened when I feel that I am far from building a useful product; but I would have forgotten to enjoy the learning process.
I want to become a faster triathlete. I would be exhilarated when my timings improve and frustrated when I become slower; but I would have forgotten to enjoy the training session.
Just like for writing, I want to remember to enjoy the process of doing things and not just focusing on completing them. It might not be easy, but I think being aware is a good first step ☺
Over to you! I would love to hear your thoughts about this!
(This is my 20th 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.)