Every once in a while I begin to wonder if I am crazy. Why bother blogging here every week day?
Since this blog began in March of 2015, I have posted on it every weekday. In six-plus years, that has added up to 1,700 posts and 1.5 million total words. These posts have seen 3.5 million views and generated 9,000 comments.
(For the authors in the audience — 1.5 million words is about 30 books worth.)
I’ve gotten effusive thank-yous, nasty and horrifying criticisms, and many comments that made me think harder. If this was normal content marketing, I’d restrict my writing to one or two topics. But I can’t do that. I don’t like guard rails. That’s why I post on books and writing and clients and how to network and what I’ve learned and incredible things I have experienced and analyst-type insights on just about anything.
My mind ranges all over. So why shouldn’t I post on all of it?
Let’s call this what it is — a possibly unhealthy obsession. At this point, I structure my day around posting. It is how I know I am actually working and not just lying around (in between actual client projects, of course).
I value my connection with the world — and if I am connected to it, I feel I must write about it.
I value my connection with words, which keeps my mind vital and active. If you are writing, you are thinking, and when you stop thinking, it’s game over.
And I value my connection with all of you.
At this point, I am more afraid of what would happen if I stopped than of continuing the streak.
I am curious.
What streak are you working on?
Why do you do it?
And what will happen if you miss a day?
I’ll be here tomorrow — at least I hope so.