Seth Godin wants you to read more blogs:
"Other than writing a daily blog (a practice that's free, and priceless), reading more blogs is one of the best ways to become smarter, more effective and more engaged in what's going on. The last great online bargain."
He's right. It's a great practice as a writer, photographer or creator in general to read intelligent content outside the walls of social media and create your own. It's an exercise in mental health more than promotion.
"Here's the thing: Google doesn't want you to read blogs. They shut down their RSS reader and they're dumping many blog subscriptions into the gmail promo folder, where they languish unread.
And Facebook doesn't want you to read blogs either. They have cut back the organic sharing some blogs benefitted from so that those bloggers will pay to 'boost' their traffic to what it used to be.
RSS still works. It's still free. It's still unfiltered, uncensored and spam-free."
"For those of you that have been engaging with this blog for months or years, please share this post with ten friends you care about. We don't have to sit idly by while powerful choke points push us toward ad-filled noisy media."
Seth's advice on blogging has been at the heart of what I've been doing for years. Please share his advice with others like I am.
Reading more blogs is great first step and the article above is what's making the rounds right now. But, what Seth really wants to you to do is create and maintain a daily blog.
Not a weekly blog. Daily.
From his interview on the Unmistakable Creative Podcast:
"Your podcast will reach more people than your book will. A blog post will reach more people than a podcast."
"Everyone should write a blog, every day, even if no one reads it. There’s countless reasons why it’s a good idea and I can’t think of one reason it’s a bad idea."
"If you know you have to write a blog post tomorrow, something in writing, something that will be around 6 months from now, about something in the world, you will start looking for something in the world to to write about. You will seek to notice something interesting and to say something creative about it. Well, isn’t that all we’re looking for? The best practice of generously sharing what you notice about the world is exactly the antidote for your fear."
From his post Ruckusmaker day:
"Committing to having a point of view and scheduling a time and place to say something is almost certainly going to improve your thinking, your attitude and your trajectory.
A daily blog is one way to achieve this. Not spouting an opinion or retweeting the click of the day. Instead, outlining what you believe and explaining why.
Commit to articulating your point of view on one relevant issue, one news story, one personnel issue. Every day. Online or off, doesn't matter. Share your taste and your perspective with someone who needs to hear it.
Speak up. Not just tomorrow, but every day.
A worthwhile habit."
On the Tim Ferris podcast:
"The daily blog...it's one of the top 5 career decisions I've ever made."
"I don't need anyone's permission. I don't need to go out and promote it. I don't use any analytics. I don't have comments. It's just: this is what I noticed today and I thought I'd share it with you."
"Everyone should blog, even if it's not under their own name, every single day. If you are in public, making predictions and noticing things, your life gets better, because you will find a discipline that can't help but benefit you.
If you want to do it in a diary, that's fine, but the problem with diaries is because they're private you can start hiding.
Are you able, every day, to say one thing that's new that you can stand behind?"