This guest post is from one of our collaborative partners, Gisele Nelson at the non-profit organization Plywood People. She manages Plywood People’s blog, and has been incredibly instrumental in helping me cultivate Wellspring Living’s blog. We are honored to have her share her thoughts with us today.
My very first week with Plywood People, I was sitting at a little collaborative work space, and Jeff and I were working through what my responsibilities would be. I remember FURIOUSLY taking notes, not able to write NEARLY fast enough, and feeling like my mind would absolutely explode. When in start-up mode of a non-profit, work is never done. Even 3 years in, I can say that remains true, we’ve just better learned what is important versus what is urgent. It can be overwhelming to feel like the check-list of ‘to do’s’ is never-ending.
I will tell you something I’ve learned that has been very, very valuable. Constant communication is one of your most valuable assets, especially through blogging. You might think that it’s something easy to take off your list of things to accomplish, but for these 4 VERY important reasons, it should not be neglected.
1. If you’re telling your investors, donors, and supporters what you’re doing, they’re going to want to stay engaged. If the people who are investing in you feel like you’re not doing anything, it’s going to be difficult to keep them involved. If you’re consistently sharing who you’re learning from, what it’s causing you to do, and how you’re being transformed, they will be more likely want to be apart of what you’re doing. Tell them what you’re learning. Teach them about the people who are influencing you. Share with others your inspiration. It will inspire others too!
2. Blogging consistently is a WONDERFUL way to develop a rhythm. I’ve believed for a VERY long time that the people who accomplish the most have some kind of schedule or rhythm that they function within. If you know that you need to wake up every morning so you can post the newest thing you’ve learned, tell others about the people who are inspiring you, or share about what’s important to you, it will be an incentive to start your day. It helps a lot to know there’s something to do first thing in the morning. It’s a great way to begin developing disciplines for how you will work.
3. Writing about what you’re doing is a great way to track the markers of your journey. It’s easy to get caught up in the minute by minute, and forget the grand picture of the work you’re doing. When you’re recording the process as you go along, on your discouraging days you have little mile-markers to look back on, and see where you’ve come and remind you where you’re headed. It reminds you of what’s important and all the reasons why you ought to keep moving forward when it’s difficult, and helps you keep your wits about you when your ego wants to inflate bigger than it ought to.
4. You have something to share. Your journey is teaching you a lot, and people need to know about it. If you can be honest to share your failures and your victories, you might be able to help others along in their process. We need to hear what you have to say. Blogging is a way to promote mutual learning, and to keep us from hoarding the things that have been so valuable to learn as part of our process. Share it with others!
What would you add to my list? What other reasons have you found that blogging has helped you in what you’re doing?