Why should you write a blog?

I have read a great deal on blog writing. Some say that it is a self absorbed activity – shouting into the wind. Some say that it is a way of supporting others by sharing experience. I can only speak for myself and say that I love writing my blog because it allows me to get my head around what is happening in my life and how I choose to respond to it.

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So if it is for my benefit, why publish? For many years I used to write a private diary. I called it my “win, learn, change log” and every day I would identify sone small success, something that had gone less well that I would learn from, and one change that I would make as a result of either. In general I found this a healthy and therapeutic activity; good for my mental health and good for my personal development. By publishing a blog I get much the same response but publishing it makes me less self absorbed, less repetitive and more outward looking.

If you follow my blog you will know that I am recently retired and reflecting on how to spend the rest of my life. That gives me choices and I get to share them with you, dear reader. As the blog develops I hope that more of my followers respond with comments and we can have more of a dialogue.

I have read that, like Facebook, blogs are now passé and that younger people are preferring to share their life experiences based on video in Tik Tok and Instagram. I will stick with words. I love to write and I love to write my blogs.

How about you? Do you already write regularly? If so, what do you get from it? If not, why not start today?

Pete’s First Blog after 20 Years of Blogging

For nearly 20 years I have written a weekly blog in my work – at the Halifax, Bank of Scotland, Nationwide, the Co-op, Royal Bank of Scotland and NatWest. Hundreds of my colleagues used to look forward to reading them each Friday.

I am now retiring and the time has come to go public with my words. For those that want to follow me, I will tell you stories of my retirement journey, currently planning to spend time in Orkney and then travelling the British canals on our narrowboat. I will also reflect on life lessons and what they mean to me.

I promise to keep my blogs short, and if they work, to write them weekly. They will make you smile, and make you think.

Welcome.

Pete