Here’s one of the great benefits of blogging: It holds you accountable.
If you blog about your goal of finishing a rough draft by next month, that goal is no longer bouncing around your head — it’s bouncing around the blogosphere. If you tell your readers you’re going to move to a new city, they expect you to do it.
But the best part is that writing down your goals and dreams, fleshing them out in blog posts, not only makes them real to your readers, it also makes them real to you. It forces us to say, flat out in writing, what we want. Blogging holds us accountable to ourselves.
Hiking the Appalachian Trail — a six-seven month walk from Georgia to Maine — has been on my bucket list for years. But it wasn’t until I mentioned that goal in a post recently that it suddenly became attainable. Something I could really choose to do next. Maybe I didn’t realize how much I wanted it until I wrote it for all of you to see. I hadn’t even though about when I could start the hike until I wrote that post, then counted the months to March or April, when most hikers hit the trail. It’s six months away, I realized. Six months from now. Stamping that dream with a date made it real.
A whole lot could happen between now and March. I could get a full-time job. I could move. I could have some other responsibility that prevents me from picking up and doing another dream trip. But if I don’t, if I’m still growing my own business and saving money and free as a bird to do whatever I choose, I might choose to hike the AT.
And the only reason that became an obvious choice was because I wrote it here.
Funny how life blogging works, huh?