On Wednesday, February 14, 2007, I published a post entitled “5 Reasons Why I Blog”. I just finished reviewing that post, and I reached two conclusions: first, I still think blogging is relevant and important for professionals and entrepreneurs. Second, some of my reasons have changed, and some have not.
This is an update of that original post, over 7 years later. Here are 7 reasons I still blog, over 7 years later.
I have a picture of EB White hanging on the wall in my office. He is sitting at his writing desk, which is in a boathouse. White sits on a stark bench, hands poised over his typewriter. The only other items in the room are the ashtray on the table, and the waste can. To me, this photo represents the essence of writing. No distractions. No procrastinating. Just a man, his writing tool of choice, and the words.
Once upon a time, I loved the writing tools more than the writing itself. I loved to talk about writing, to speculate about writing, and to collect writing pens, writing paper, and writing software. One day, when I was complaining about not having time to actually write, my wife asked me, “Why does it bother you?”
Today's post is a guest post by Rebecca Livermore
, a freelance writer, professional web content creator, and friend. She works with some of the top names in social media, and is a gifted writer. Enjoy!
After dropping my husband off at work, I made my way toward the gate of the Army base to head home. There was a lineup of slowly moving cars waiting to exit through the partially closed gate.
There must be some kind of threat, I thought, as I drove slowly toward the gate.
Brian Kurtz is the Executive Vice President of Boardroom, Inc., and the host of the upcoming Titans of Direct Response
event in September (which I strongly recommend to you, if you do any sort of direct marketing or copywriting. This will be a once-in-a-lifetime event, and you can get more details when you click here.)
I was blessed to know Gene Schwartz…and not just casually, either. Gene was my friend, mentor and business partner…and I learned so many lessons from him. Those of you who don’t know who I am talking about, Eugene “Gene” Schwartz was one of the most successful and prolific direct response copywriters who ever lived.
His classic book, Breakthrough Advertising, may be the most important book ever written on copy and creative.
It was important enough for Marty (Edelston) and I to re-publish it as a “Boardroom Book” when we saw a live bid on eBay for an out-of-print copy at $950.
I have a question for you… do you feel like you “have a book inside of you”, but just never seem to get around to writing it? Have you ever wondered why you don't ever seem to get that book written? Maybe you tell yourself you'll do it “someday”.
Let me tell you the truth: “someday” is usually code for “never”.