Day 1 – Writing Daily for 30 Days – 5/22/2102

Why should I write? Geez, that seems like a tired way to start my first post on getting serious about writing.writing materials

Actually, fear is probably a much more honest excuse to NOT create my first post using reasons why I should write. I don’t know everything about ANYTHING.

So the temptation to quit, right here and now, is very strong. My first blog was fairly successful in my mind – I had about a dozen semi-regular readers. I posted on all the things that were important to me: faith, family, photography, music and my marketing business.

Then, I started another blog. I wanted to write solely on faith. My first post asked the question, “Are God’s qualities of love and strength separate qualities, or inseparable?” My first post was SHREDDED by a person that I had never met. That stung so badly that I gave up on that blog immediately.

Subsequently, I went back to the main blog, “Exactly, J.R.” Several months later, I created my company website. The conventional wisdom then and now is that your website should be the home of your blog, where you expound on all the wisdom and ideas that you have gained in your profession. This is supposed to establish you as an expert – someone whose opinion can be trusted.

That’s this blog. You are here.

I have not updated this blog on a regular basis, unless you can call “at least once per quarter” a regular basis.

And so far, in this initial effort to become serious at writing, I have not yet provided a single reason why ~I~ should write…just reasons why I haven’t written consistently. The excuses stop now.

The Reasons.

1) Business. I happen to be an excellent video director/producer AND a top-notch virtual tour producer, a capable copy editor, and a darn good narrator. I also love (or should I say, LOVE) photography. Now, if I can just figure out how to share my secrets with the world through writing (and other media), potential clients will see me as that trusted expert, and bring all their business (money) to me.

2) Emotions. Writing helps me make sense of emotions. Not to turn them into logic, but to understand my emotional reactions to others, and their emotional reactions to me. I don’t always produce a resolution, but I always feel that I’ve made progress.

3) Faith. My belief that we are surrounded by the miracles of God, including my salvation through Jesus Christ, is very important to me. I have to paint with words the mental pictures that develop in my mind about heaven, the connections between God and men, and the unbelievable foundation that Christ built for us in His short time on the Earth. What’s more, I feel compelled to defend the importance of faith in our working world.

4) It’s the only way. Writing is the only way to improve my writing. I have felt the need to write for a long, long time, but I’ve allowed my insecurities about it to stop every consistent effort (see “fear” above).

5) It’s time. At 51 years old, the urgency is building to get moving on a lot of things that I’ve procrastinated into oblivion.

Can you identify with any of these reasons? Please leave a comment below.

The strong temptation right now is to list a few more reasons – challenges – to basing all my writing on these reasons. Instead, I’ll just close for today with a THANK YOU for your kind attention.

Thanks to Erik Deckers for inspiration, and in particular, this post on his website:

Thanks also go to Jeff Goins, and the encouragement he gives at

That’s the end of the beginning.


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