Why I Decided to Start a Blog

So yeah, I’m starting a blog. A kind of life highlight and journal.

All 26 years of my life I have lived in a pretty small bubble of close friends and family only sharing what I know and love with a close few. But after a bit of thinking and time I have come to a decision to put myself, my thoughts and work out to the world.

A few months back while procrastinating and watching videos on productivity I stumbled onto this YouTube channel about Productivity and Lifestyle by a Doctor/Youtuber called Ali Abdaal. I had been thinking about starting a blog or a YouTube channel for a long time but I always made the excuse that I did not have the time to do it. After watching a couple of videos of how Ali Abdal manages his time of being a full-time doctor and a YouTuber I got the motivation to create my own outlet and share what I have with the world, i.e the website/blog.

The biggest and last push that led me to the decision of creating a blog is reading the book “Show Your Work” by Austin Kleon. A must-read for anyone who wants to share their creativity and get discover, especially for people who hate the very idea of self-promotion. In his book Austin takes a deep dive into why you should share your story by saying:

Words matter. Artists love to trot out the tired line, “My work speaks for itself,” but the truth is, our work doesn’t speak for itself. Human beings want to know where things came from, how they were made, and who made them. The stories you tell about the work you do have a huge effect on how people feel and what they understand about your work, and how people feel and what they understand about your work affects how they value it.

Austin Kleon

Reasons to Start a Blog

  1. To learn how to write
  2. To put myself out in the world
  3. To create a community with people who have similar interest
  4. To document my life
  5. To process my thoughts and make sense of them through writing
  6. Also, who knows someone might learn something from me

So, to help me stick to this, I will be taking time at the end of every day (hopefully) and try to document what I have learned or experienced throughout the day and by the end of the week create one blog post based on the stuff I was doing or thinking about throughout the week. But I will try to mix it up and write about random stuff I care about too.

I know this is going to be one of the hardest things I have done in my life since I struggle with writing and expressing myself, but I am sure I will grow from it. Even if it gets harder than I expect it to be and doesn’t turn out as I intend it to, I will definitely try to enjoy the process of creating and keep my expectations to a minimum.

I hope people who read this will also get inspired to start their own blog because everyone has a story to tell. But even if no-one reads the blog I will still keep writing for myself, as a place to keep my thoughts and ideas.

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Graphic designer based in Addis Ababa, Ethiopia

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Ezra Million

Ezra Million

Graphic designer based in Addis Ababa, Ethiopia

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