One of the things that I love about being a blogger is the encouragement it gives me to write.
It’s fair to say, I think, that if you want to get good at something, then writing about it is a key part of the learning process.
You don’t even have to do it online, or even on a computer. Having a notebook you can put thoughts and reflections down in on a regular basis will do wonders for you in terms of thinking through problems and assessing what you are doing.
If you have an idea for something, making yourself write it down, think about the words you use and how you articulate it, will help you spot what’s good and what’s not so good about it.
As I said, you don’t have to do this on a blog. But there’s an advantage to sharing your writing online.
It adds another level of thinking critically about your writing. Knowing that other people could well be reading makes you think a bit more about each phrase and each sentence. It sanity checks your ideas – if you’re embarrassed to be blogging about it, maybe it’s not such a great solution to your problem.
This obviously works for individuals, but it works for teams too, and organisations. Share with people what you are thinking and what you are doing. Force yourself to articulate it in terms that will be clear to those that are reading them.
It will help improve your work and your understanding – even if nobody else ever reads it.