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I commonly get asked why I write a blog.
Originally, I created a blog to help startups and create a personal brand. So I started writing about marketing and small business without ever trying to hide who I am personally, a humorous marketer with a love for dad jokes and gifs.
There is no doubt that I am not the most talented writer. I find typos in almost every post I write!
My writing style (like my mind) jumps from thought to thought very quickly. This off road thought logic and writing style can lead my readership to a state of confusion. (Sorry if I lost you already)
Although, after a couple of posts I started to realize a larger benefit.
I commonly come up with an idea, obsess over it, and then try to immediately take action. Oddly, writing has helped me to become a better marketer, businessman, and even carpenter.
I say carpenter because just recently when I was looking to frame a wall, I stared at an empty space for 30 minutes and yet was unable to come to a decision. Here I was trying to make a perfect plan in my mind, obsessing over it, and yet I could not make a decision. It wasn’t until a professional carpenter told me to just start laying out the basics (aka writing) and then improve on it or change it later. This way, I can see the flaws of my plan as I run into them.
Point is, sometimes it is just best to start laying things out and make adjustments or changes later instead of just coming up with an idea and thinking it is perfect.
When working with a small team it is not always possible to get external feedback, or if you are really passionate you don’t want to hear it.
Writing is an extremely effective way to find items early on that are maybe wrong with the concept in question.
In almost every topic I write, including this one, I will throw out a minimum of 800 words on what is top of mind and how I feel about a topic. I then come back to it a day or two later to proof and adjust.
100% of the time I find flaws in my logic, and because I make the blog public, I am encouraged to find ways to iron out these issues prior to publishing (I know, I probably still missed some).
In the process of making those changes, I also change my whole thought process on that topic. This brings in new insights, concerns, and ways to improve.
So how is this helpful to small business and marketing?
I am not saying everyone should write a blog, but I am saying that moving at the fast pace of a startup may have some flaws due to implementation is commonly the following process:
IDEA > IMPLEMENTATION
It may instead be better to slow down a little bit and add a barrier in between:
IDEA> WRITE IDEA & MAKE ADJUSTMENTS > IMPLEMENT
Through adding the writing step in this process, you are becoming objective to your own reasoning.
I know from personal experience, that I have come up with a lot of horrible ideas that I was passionate about. But when you are passionate about something you tend to see what you want through a pinhole.
Completely ignoring the outside world and variables that will lead to its failure.
By writing down your thought process, and your plan in detail and then coming back to it a couple days later, you notice some items pop out of the wood work as you are in a completely different mindset.
You start to see where emotion and quick thinking led you down the wrong path, where your idea maybe has fallen short, or maybe an area of your idea that needs to be added to because it has incredible potential.
It also allows yourself to insert justification for your reasoning and build credibility or certainty to the concept.
When the passion of the idea is not present, you start to insert research and qualitative facts to back up your reasoning. This can lead you to a more detailed plan, or lead to you improving or disqualifying some of your thought logic.
Lastly – It is something off your shoulders.
If you are like me – you get an idea in your head and you obsess, thinking about it 24/7. And although I do cherish my restless nights in deep thought….
This process has really allowed me to remove it from my mind.
By writing it down I get a feeling of accomplishment because I know I am making an effort toward its execution. But instead of my mind recapping the entire idea in my head, over and over, it is all written down to a point where I can also concentrate on parts of the idea instead of the general holistic concept.
Maybe this doesn’t work for everyone, but I thought I would share.
If you have ways other ways to critique your own ideas and expand on them to make better decision, I would like to hear from you. Let me know via comments or message me directly.
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