I wondered the other day whether or not I actually had anything to say.
Now I wonder whether having something to say even matters.
It’s a creative act
Writing is a creative act.
Podcasting is a creative act, too.
The act of creating can be truly satisfying.
Sure, if you’re trying to pay your bills with your blog or podcast, you need to do more with it than just write and talk about just anything.
But what if paying bills is not why you blog or podcast?
What if you just like the craft of creating interesting sentences?
What if you actually do like the sound of your own voice when you speak interesting phrases?
Maybe passion for a topic isn’t necessary
What is it then?
If it’s not a passion project—or something to grow your influence or bottom line—what is it?
There are a few things that come to my mind.
Writing well requires writing—a lot of writing.
Podcasting well requires podcasting—a lot of podcasting.
I think we all know this, right. It takes practice. And practice is a wonderful reason to blog and podcast.
You don’t have to be passionate about your topics. It’s all about practicing the craft of joining words together.
There are things that I simply enjoy. I like watching movies and television. I like listening to podcasts. I like listening to music.
I like books, too, but I much prefer listening to them.
But it’s all about enjoyment.
And maybe writing and podcasting simply because you enjoy these things is all the reason you need to do the work it takes to put written words on a screen and in spoken words in people’s earbuds.
It feels really good getting the words out of my mind and into some tangible digital format.
My mind races with ideas 95% of the time. I’m connecting disparate concepts, creating something “new” in the process.
Writing helps me see those ideas in different ways.
I feel like I can’t move forward until I have the current mind storm in that tangible digital format. Once that’s done, a new storm of ideas arises.
So, yes, it’s a stress relief for me.
What about you?
Maybe you don’t have to have a passionate pursuit
Maybe I don’t have anything to say. Maybe I don’t have a passion to say anything in particular.
There are lots of other good reasons to write and podcast.
And that’s okay with me.
By the way, I didn’t make up the phrase “tangible digital.” That’s Brian Clark’s name for one of his LLCs through which he publishes Further.