What I got from writing a blog

It’s a new year, and with a new year comes new challenges.

This year I’ve been challenged to participate in the company blog more often than I have in the past. Some of you are probably wondering why this would be a challenge. You’d think this would be an easy task, especially when you can quickly find a topic to discuss and you have unlimited resources available for research on the web. I’m not sure if it’s a fear of writing or the struggle to just take a leap and start typing, but blog writing just doesn’t come easy for me.

While faced with the struggle of writing a blog, I quickly became aware of how much more you can get out of the process of writing a blog outside of just being a team player by contributing.

Here’s some of the few things I was able to take from the process of writing a blog that I’m hoping can help motivate some of you who also might struggle with getting your words on paper.

Through the process of brainstorming topics, I was able to discover quite a few new websites I hadn’t stumbled upon prior. They were filled with design resources I’m sure I’ll be able to use in the future.

Depending on the topic you choose to write about, you will become forced to learn more and gather information from various resources to broaden your knowledge on the topic. Teaching something results in creating a better understanding of that topic.

While on the hunt for some good topics to write about, I stumbled across some other designers in the field who have their own blogs, and I’m excited to continue following their journeys, as they will motivate me to strengthen my own within the field of design.

I’m hoping these will all be motivators for me in the future to continue participating in the team blog.

Julie Varley serves as Senior Designer for Imagine Communications.