Every day I write a blog, never planned and never pre-meditated. The day starts at 3:30 AM and once there is a black coffee next to me I crack my laptop and start typing about the first thing that enters my mind. At that hour there isn’t much but I prefer to have a clear mind uninterrupted by what the day brings. For those who don’t know me, my expertise lies in health and Martial Arts so my posts usually revolve around those topics with exceptions as current events pour into my head space. Right now we are experiencing times unlike any other, with COVID-19 followed by riots and most recently the emergence of the 51st state known as CHAZ (Capitol Hill Autonomous Zone).. I’m sure at this point an alien invasion wouldn’t surprise any of us.
Part of the reason I started this blog was to give the Jiu Jitsu community a voice that was empathetic to the average Joe or Jane who can find family and purpose through the art and through the Jiu Jitsu community. Little did I know that I would begin to enjoy writing. I realized this through my recent commitment to write a daily blog post for 100 days straight. In case you didn’t notice, I’m not a good writer, I don’t know how to write in a persuasive or compelling fashion. I am however, achieving clarity in my thoughts, the blog serves me as both a compass and a journal. It forces me to organize my thoughts which has led me to the belief that everyone should write a daily blog. There are other reasons to write a blog, be it to entertain, make money, inform others, or spew written diarrhea for some. During perilous times as these, there are also more reasons to stay indoors so if you feel safer doing so, I recommend starting a blog and writing daily, even if you don’t publish the posts. Who knows where it will take you.
It’s worth noting, the perfectionist in you will always be working to stop you from publishing anything but if you don’t start you will never know who is listening to you or benefiting from your perspective. I still think my voice and my laugh sound ridiculous but if my camera guys tell me it’s good (not to sound like a prima donna lol) I have to trust them and let go of my ego. If you are on the fence about starting a blog or vlog, just go for it. My advice, if you care, is to know your “why?” and don’t let your ego run over you. Let yourself be heard and seen while adapting and evolving with the feedback you get without taking things personally. The task of starting a blog can seem daunting and you may not have a clue what you are doing but once you muster the courage to post your first one (I was incredibly nervous to do it) it will get easier and may turn into something you not only enjoy but benefits others.