Committing to writing more


31 Aug 2021  Issa Nimaga  4 mins read.

Commitment to myself

Today, 31st of August, I’m making a public commitment to myself, to publish at least one blog post every month for the next year. Whilst I admit that the target/goal is rather low, the main reason for making this commitment is to ensure that I make some time each month to reflect on my experiences, particular topics of interest, or perhaps, conduct and document minor research in emerging fields or trends. Furthermore, the target of one blog post a month is the minimum, meaning I might be inclined to publish more posts depending on my time availability and inspirational level. I intend writing about my experiences (both personal & professional), and my interests (ex: Sustainable development, AI or FinTech).

For a while now, I have wanted to try journaling regularly, having been introduced first-hand to some of the benefits during my foundational year at Lancaster ISC. Unfortunately however, I haven’t been able to make time for it, between work, professional exams, e-learnings and my myriad of side-projects. At least, that’s the excuse I initially told myself to justify why I couldn’t blog regularly. But when something is important enough, you’ll make time for it. The below are therefore, my reasons for wanting to write more (aka; the list of reasons that made writing regularly, important enough to me, to make time for).

Reasons for wanting to write regularly:

Achieve clarity of thoughts by untangling the spaghetti and abstractness in my head

I recently learnt via social media, that some people have an internal narrative or dialogue when they think while others don’t. Although this discovery wasn’t from an in-depth scientific research, going through people’s reactions in the twitter thread claiming to be either one or the other was eye opening. My thoughts are generally in abstract non-verbal form and to communicate these, I need to make a conscious effort to verbalise them. They can be broad, encompassing and mangled. I believe, attempting to write these thoughts will force me to tidy up my thinking, and capture them in a cohesive manner, thereby helping me achieve more clarity of thoughts. This could in turn translate into me being a better communicator or having an improved understanding of a topic or subject.

Become a better communicator

As a consultant and aspiring entrepreneur, having top notch communication skills (in both speaking and writing), is invaluable to me. As such, it is important that I continually spend time honing this skill. Writing my thoughts out here first, would not only allow me to better communicate these in written form, but also enable me to be more articulate when speaking about them. Neil deGrasse Tyson, an American astrophysicist, acclaimed for being an excellent articulate communicator, said in an interview, that everything he’s spoken or said, he had written before.

Gain a better understanding of various topics of interests

As mentioned earlier, I intend writing about topics I am interested in. These topics could range from emerging technologies to social issues. I would be applying some of my academic research skills from university so as to ensure that I don’t end up spouting nonsense, and that the views expressed are informed to a certain degree. I hope to in doing so, supplement my knowledge in these fields.

Remind my future-self of who I am today

As a firm embracer of the growth mindset, committing myself to always learning and growing, it’d be nice to occasionally go back in time to see who I am today and see whether some of my views have changed.

Showcase my thoughts

My final reason for wanting to write/blog regularly is showcasing my thoughts via a medium that is easily accessible to interested parties. Although I am mainly doing this for myself, as the projected audience for this blog is quite small, it is still nice to have a corner on the internet where people can go to read about your thoughts. If the thoughts are good enough, they could perhaps start a conversation, spread empathy, or inspire a folk or two.