The other day I noticed a box of bagels in the office and asked what we were celebrating. From behind a cubicle wall someone piped up: “Matthew didn’t write his blog.”
I had forgotten that, way back in January, a handful of co-workers started a yearlong blog accountability challenge. And they were still at it, writing and posting to their individual blog sites weekly. The penalty for missing a post was bringing in baked goods.
They soon realized benefits beyond bagels. “I’ve gained an outlet,” says Gabrielle Ezell, marketing and advertising coordinator. “Whether it’s for 10 minutes or an hour, I get to lose myself and tap into my inner feelings.”
The aforementioned Matthew Martinez, a programmer/analyst, says he’s enjoyed exercising a different part of his brain by writing, even if it’s hard to find the time each week.
Hugh Murphy, who manages product marketing and development, had started blogging about his ancestry research in 2010, but managed only about five posts. “Since making the pact with my ‘accountabilibuddies,’ I’ve only missed writing one week,” he says. “I’ve always had the time for writing my blog; I’ve just never been compelled to do it without the gentle pressure of not wanting to let others in the group down.”
Former web designer Sam Watson, who hasn’t missed a week so far, illustrates his posts with a Photoshopped image, usually of himself and the fictitious Adm. Ackbar from Star Wars.
“Jim Rohn says a life worth living is a life worth recording,” Watson says. “Taking the time to focus and put down my words helps my mental state in all kinds of ways.”
Jessica Krampe, SUCCESS.com digital managing editor, agrees: “Blogging is a way to get your mind working, to step out of your 9-to-5 routine, and reflect on where your life is and where it’s going.”