I think I can honestly say this after 4.5 years.
Candidate topics for this last post of the 30 day challenge included People, Relationships, Connection, Movies, and Ma Jiang. Of course all of these make me better, but tonight Blogging wins.
Writing for a public forum makes me more cognizant of my potential audience, more discerning. I have to choose my topics carefully, balance honesty and vulnerability with privacy. It gives me a venue to practice various skills—writing, time management, storytelling, editing, and online interaction. Since I have committed to visiting the blogs of all bloggers who like my posts, I have also discovered the writing and lives of others whom I’d likely never otherwise come across. My horizon is widened.
Blogging allows me to put thoughts into the world and find others with similar thoughts. It’s a diary of experience, a web-log that serves, if nothing else, as a timeline of my personal and professional evolution, which I can then query over time in order to understand myself better. But I don’t write it only for myself—otherwise why make it public? I write to connect, because that makes me better, always better.
Maybe I can ask more of the blog in 2020. Maybe I could make it more focused? More organized? More goal-oriented? Or maybe not. Nothing has to be decided tonight. I’ll know when something needs to change.
Meanwhile, my sincere and heartfelt thanks to all who take time out of your lives to read Healing Through Connection. I hope you get something out of it that makes you better, too.