My brother Eamon Keane made me reflect:
I began blogging summer of 2021. I have now written over 100 posts. Blogging paid off well, and I know, there is much more to come.
However, I wish I had begun blogging much earlier.
Before you read my rant, here is some salted popcorn for you, my friend: 🍿
Why I began blogging
I wanted to begin blogging to stand out as a software engineer. You may not know me, but I dislike not doing things I can that'd help me excel. That's like leaving free growth and money on the table. Life is too short for me not to maximize it.
I started blogging later than I should've. I knew blogging would make me stand out, but I didn't think blogging would not come with other benefits. I thought people blogged only to help others.
Helping others is fantastic. But I needed to excel in my career. I needed to grow exponentially. I didn't think blogging would help me with that, but in reality, blogging comes with many more benefits than I anticipated.
What if I blogged much earlier?
Eamon Keane made me think of what could've happened if I had begun blogging much earlier. It's not about dwelling on the past, but reflecting and learning from it. I don't dwell on the past. I ain't got time for that.
What if I kickstarted my social presence and began blogging while learning to code? Before I even had my first job? 🥵
I'm not saying I needed to blog all the time. But forming a habit of writing for 30 minutes every day would've gone a long way:
30 minutes every day
210 minutes every week
840 minutes every month
10080 minutes every year
Imagine if I had kept this habit once for six months. I began learning to code when I was 15. I started taking it more seriously at 16, and at 18, I committed to getting a job a year from that point.
I could've gotten a much better job the first time since the opportunities would've increased. A job where I'm valued and paid well. A job where I get to wake up excited about work.
Honestly, I rarely woke up excited about work in my first job. I was more excited to grind on my own shit that would play a bigger role in shaping my future. 🔥
One thing is for sure, had I begun blogging much earlier, I would've excelled sooner.
What made me keep blogging
When I began blogging, I fell in love with it. I love typing on the keyboard and hearing my mechanical keyboard's sound. Typing on the keyboard is amazing, but that wasn't what made me fall in love with blogging. 😈
When I think of why I should blog:
Helps me learn things better:
A place to store my knowledge, like a second brain.
Build my brand.
Increase my opportunities.
Grow an audience.
Blogging comes with many benefits. Benefits you discover when you begin blogging. That's why I'm still blogging and writing this post right now. 🔥
The biggest mistake I made
I made many mistakes when I began blogging. 😑 The biggest mistake I made was trying to put up an image. I wasn't writing in plain language. I was trying to sound smart, which led to me rambling too much. As a result, my writing wasn't pleasant to read. Readers wouldn't connect with me because I wasn't myself.
Start a blog. Form a habit of writing focused for at least 20 minutes daily. See yourself excel, and I promise you, your future self will be thankful.
I know for sure I'm thankful to my past self. 🤌