I started blogging three years ago. This past Saturday, I was humbled (and thrilled!) to discover that my speech at NextGen:Charity was posted on the TED.com homepage – part of their “best of the web” series. (93,000 views and counting…!)
This got me thinking about the series of events that led to this outcome. There are certainly a lot of pieces, but since so much of the thinking and action behind that talk grew out of this blog, I boiled it down to the simple elements that keep me (or anyone) blogging for an extended period of time, namely: Inspiration + Ideas + Motivation + Audience = A blog
Inspiration = the model of other people, whose actions and impact you’d like to emulate, doing great things with their blogs
Ideas = a flow of topics to write about that are interesting both to you and to your readers
Motivation = the drive to keep at it, day in and day out, even when the going gets tough
Audience = the knowledge that people are out there reading, and that you are being of service to them
I’m sure that there are more things at play, but in my experience these are the minimum necessary elements. Which is to say, in a roundabout way, that this never would have happened without you.
Thank you for reading, for commenting, for cross-posting, for emailing me with great feedback and ideas and suggestions. Thank you for pushing me every day, especially on the days when it’s hard. Thank you for making this blog part of your day.