Recently Chris Guillebeau, author of The Art of Non-Conformity, posted an article on his blog that truly struck a cord with me called Creating a Legacy Project. It got me thinking about my writing and my blogging in a new way: what kind of legacy do I want to leave? I never really thought about this before. Of course, in the blogging realm I was familiar with why evergreen content is important for a blog-it keeps attracting readers, they don’t need updated very much, and they can be used in a variety of situations. I have been trying to create more evergreen content, but this new perspective has changed a lot of things for me beyond just a simple blogging perspective.
Never have I thought that this blog is my legacy. I have never thought of writing a book as leaving a legacy either. I always assumed my legacy would be what I leave with my family, like how I raise my kids, not in what I write. That might sound weird coming from a writer. We are often known for wanting to write books that will be read for generations, passed down and enjoyed for years to come. We don’t just want to write a book about issues of today-we want to write about the issues of life that will always resonate with someone.
So this article hit me hard and really made me look at what I have been doing and what I have been trying to do for the future. My perspective of how I use this blog and what I write for it has greatly changed over the past year and now this article has made me rethink a lot of what I believe in regards to writing and what I want to do in the future.
We all have a legacy project within us. We just have to figure out what it is.
Funny how sitting down and thinking about what you actually want to do with your life makes you change your thinking.
So that is what I have done. I don’t have all the answers I need for my writing, I barely had an idea of what I wanted to write about here in this post. But I realize now that my blogging needs to change. My writing in general needs to be more purposeful. I can’t just hammer out a quick blog post about the ‘hot social media of the week’ and leave it at that. No. I want to write posts that will inspire, teach and help people find a clear direction for their their writing and what they want to do in general with their days here on Earth. I want to write more freely, from the heart, not so focused on SEO (of course that is always a part of it), but definitely not as formal as I may sometimes be.
I want to write like I want and write what I want. The rest will follow.
So watch in the coming weeks as my writing slowly adjusts and I figure out how to create the meaningful content that I want to share with the world. May it help you and lead you in finding your own way on your writing adventures.