I have to get back into the habit of writing again. Yes, the habit of writing. I have to do this for a number of reasons, but the primary one above all is because writing truly is a best practice. Simply put, writing forces you to think, and in the end, the more you write, the more you learn. Not that we don’t otherwise “think” about things, but writing, good solid writing, activates your thinking and gets those synapes firing in your brain. I have found this to be true in my own experience.
I started this blog a long time ago with the intention of having a place to write on a regular basis. I have gone through several “iterations” of the blog (if you check out the archives you will see what I mean). There were periods of frequent yet simple posts and gaps of silence, but some of the most rewarding posts are the ones that are opinion pieces, or are derived from my entrepreneurial experiences. When I write, even simple blog posts such as those, I learn from my own experiences. Reflection and clarity can be powerful things.
Writing at work is a critical exercize, and one that should be embraced by all companies. For us at Blue Sky, this includes writing things like white papers, detailed blog entries, and our monthly email newsletter. All of which enhance the collective knowledge base of our organization, as well as our clients and prospects. In 2007, I will be making a big push for every employee to write, and write often, as the benefits for all are too great to ignore.
Writing is not an easy task. However, let it be said again that nothing worth while comes easy. Good writing takes time, and good writing on a frequent basis takes practice. The more you write the easier it gets, and the better your writing the more rewarding it is.
So, as I reflect on 2006 and think about 2007, one of my goals both personally and professionally is to engage in as much thoughtful and rewarding writing as possible. Here is to developing the habit of writing once again.