Posted on August 3, 2010 by Colin

Living Life vs Just Writing About It

 

There’s a disparity in the blogging community between the number of people writing about living and the number of people out ACTUALLY living.

It’s great when people are so enthused about lifestyle design and minimalism and travel and entrepreneurship that they decide to spend a good portion of their day sharing what they’ve learned with the blogosphere! This ‘paying it forward’ mentality is exactly what the world needs, and these people have the right idea about how to build strong relationships over time.

That being said, there is also an unfortunate trend toward regurgitation and ‘me-too’ blogging out there right now (and maybe always), where people get so excited about a topic, they forget to actually DO anything before writing about it (and attempting to become experts or gurus on the subject).

This isn’t the most terrible thing in the world – I think most of us started out this way at the beginning of our blogging careers – but the difference between people who stick around and make something of themselves and the folks who just kind of disappear (due to a lack of readership, lack of things to write about or lack of interest on their part) is that the first group go out and live life, while the second just stays in and writes about living.

If you’re living life, you’re experiencing new things, solving new problems and adding to the conversation.

If you’re writing about living life, you’re adding your opinion to the conversation, which is valuable, but because you’re working off information that already exists, you’re not really adding anything new.

This is definitely not meant to be criticism to anyone out there that hasn’t hit their stride yet, but I wanted to say something about it in hopes of nudging along anyone who’s been sitting on their hands, afraid to or forgetting to move forward.

I sincerely hope you stick around and continue to share what you’ve learned with the rest of us once you’ve started to get out and really live, because that’s when the good stuff starts spilling out.

Either way, if you have to choose living or blogging, choose living. You may not be Internet-famous, but you’ll be much happier in the end.