The Surprising Self-Discovery Lessons of Blogging (Plus a Challenge!)

I am a writer. It’s what I do. But the truth is I didn’t learn this truth about myself and then go do it. Confidence came slowly and awkwardly. The epiphany didn’t precede action; it followed it. And I learned a lot of this from blogging.

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I love writing, not just because it’s my job, but because it’s a tool to help you better understand yourself. Sharing my thoughts on this blog helped me understand that writing isn’t just something I do; it’s who I am.

This, it seems, is true for others, as well. Flannery O’Connor said that she never knew what she thought until she read what she wrote. Writing and journaling, even blogging, can be a means of self-discovery.

Why writing?

Here’s why writing is a powerful self-discovery tool:

  • Writing is honest. It’s something you do in solitude, which means that in that privacy you can be a little more truthful than you might normally be.
  • Writing vulnerable. When you put words to paper (or on screen), you share a part of yourself that the world doesn’t normally get to be. You stop hiding behind your shadow self and reveal who you really are.
  • Writing is a process. It takes time, and with that time comes revelation. You understand yourself in ways that you wouldn’t normally consider, because you’re forced to work through your ideas and thoughts in a slow, methodical process.

When I began blogging, I realized that I wrote first for myself and second for an audience. As big as I am on helping others and serving your readers, there’s something cathartic about writing just for the sake of writing.

If you’ve ever wondered what your place is in the world, if you’ve considered the possibility that you might have a calling – some purpose that’s bigger than you — then maybe it’s time you started a blog.

A free challenge: Intentional Blogging

If you join this free challenge, you’ll get exclusive access to me, a 12-part blogging course, and opportunities to connect and share your work with other bloggers through a private community. You can jump in at any point, but it’s best to get started sooner than later.

So what do you need?

You don’t have to be a great writer to start a blog.

You don’t need a plan or a big budget.

You don’t even need to have any aspirations of making a ton of money.

You just need to want to grow. Whether you don’t have a blog, are just getting started, or want to take your blog to the next level, this challenge will help you.

I promise you: blogging will push you and challenge you in ways that you’ve never before experienced. It certainly has for me. And you just might learn something about yourself that surprises you.

What to do next

The “rules” for this are pretty simple: do one thing every day for the rest of the month to grow your blog. If you want to jump in, here’s what you need to do:

  1. Join the challenge (be sure to enter your email address for some free resources including a free, 12-day email course).
  2. Make sure you’re set up with a blog (watch the video on that page for step-by-step instructions).
  3. Leave a comment on this post, saying you’re in.

By the way, you don’t have to blog every day to be part of this challenge. These will be very small steps to start a blog and then take it to the next level. You’ll get one email per day for 12 days and I’ll occasionally pop into the community to share some bonus lessons and resources.

We start immediately, but you’re welcome to jump in at any point this month.

Get started now.

What do you hope to learn about yourself from this blogging journey? Share in the comments.

549 thoughts on “The Surprising Self-Discovery Lessons of Blogging (Plus a Challenge!)

  1. I’m in, Jeff! I think this is exactly what I need. I love what you said about writing for yourself first. When I first started blogging I did that and then I got away from it for some reason and the pressure took the joy out of it. Thanks for hosting!

  2. I’m in. This is a first for me, and I have no idea where it would lead but I’m excited about the challenge!

  3. I’m not going to say “I’ll try” — “I’m in.” I know it will be challenging to follow through. Thanks for saying we can take little steps. And thanks for all your hard work and inspiration.

  4. I’m in, body and soul! There must be more to life than working in a hardware store, and I’m going to find it!!

  5. I’m
    in. I appreciate your willingness to sow into my life. I am hoping to
    learn how to share my real self. To be transparent. I’m always so
    worried about what others think of me. I just want to help others, while
    growing stronger myself. I am hoping that blogging will help to heal as

  6. I really want to start blogging. I have what I call three “newsletters” but I do not know how to blog. Or how to start a blog. Or even how to download the information you have. But I can write and I have a small following on three different topic areas. Today is my Birthday, so what better day to start … (actually it is after midnight… so it was yesterday !)

  7. I’m in! I’d like to learn how I best resonate with others through my passion at, in a strong & motivated community. I wish to lead my life by example, live in my authenticity, and be of service to a bigger picture purpose for my family local & abroad. My current focus: yoga for teens and environmental education!

  8. I’m in! Social media is waaaayyy time consuming. I’d like to have one platform that does it all but that does seem realistic. So I’d at least like one virtual link that is strong and thriving.

    1. Number 1 reason why social media is time consuming. Reading multiple times for clarity and still overlooking typos. Checking for errors. “Doesn’t seem realistic…

  9. I’m in! I have a blog… just started recently. Just need help with direction etc. etc. Excited to partake. <3

  10. Hi Jeff & all of you other Fellow Writers!
    I’m In! Looking forward to Learning Blogging and Writing my HeartWords as I discover my ‘New’ Voice.
    Thanks Jeff, for this Opportunity!
    Have a JOYfull Day! Susie 🙂

  11. For three years I been on disability with a tired heart and put out to pasture. I want to do more than graze all day but I didn’t know where or how to start. This a real chance to grow with Jeff Goins and all the wonderful people here. Thank you for having me in.

  12. yikes!! this is so flippin’ scary! well…here goes nuthin’…or, just maybe… a whole lotta sumthin’… I’M IN! 😀

  13. so after being inspired by you, todd henry and steven pressfield i started a blog a few weeks back. but i love this challenge to keep me inspired. i’m in!

  14. I’ve been trying to figure out how to re-launch my blog, What a serendipitous opportunity to jump right in! I’m in, let’s do this thing.

  15. I’m in. I think I started before, but it just didn’t work out. Looking forward to being in the group.

  16. I’m in and thanks for everything Jeff. You are an inspiration and I’m very thankful that I heard about you and your work. Looking forward to your challenge.

  17. I’ve had a blog on and off since 2003. I think that if I would have kept it up, I’d be further along by now! I want to re-launch and this is inspiring me to do so. 🙂

  18. I’m in and very excited about it! I’m launching my new blog on Monday Nov. 2. Thanks for this opportunity Jeff.

  19. I’m in. I’ve always have a passion for writing, I have actually written at least 5 times a week, I keep my journal, I used to write blogs before, I kept that for a few years. Lately, I’ve just had an inner voice inside of me, calling for my attention, calling for me to write it out. I gonna write down my spiritual journey down, to share it with people. Another reason why I love writing is because writing could help me to release my worries, to know myself better, to understand the situation better, so what i usually do when I am not happy is just to find a quiet place, just myself, writing, talking to myself. So I wanna join the challenge, to see if my plan for writing the book could work out, also get some feedback from people. Thank you very much for the chance for everyone here ;)))

  20. I’m in! I’ve come to a crossroads in my life where I can either keep going on the same old boring road, or I can throw caution to the wind, and shake things up. Writing brings me so much joy. I need more of it in my life.

  21. In and hoping to get more clarity about what’s next: investing more time in writing, starting podcast, Periscope, coaching and/or more private practice.

  22. I’m in! I have tried blogging four other times and quit. I have just started my 5 time and want it to stay, but I also would like what I write to actually help someone. What I write is spiritual. My encounter with Jesus is what has led me to blogging. I feel it is my calling. What I want to learn about myself is that I am suppose to be doing this!

  23. I’m in. Expecting to hold myself accountable to a blogging schedule en route to realizing my dream of being a writer.

  24. I’m in…pretty much in the fetal stages of writing/starting a blog…actually I’m more like an embyro with webbed fingers.

  25. Usually, I get time block rather than writer’s block – but when I get writer’s block, or begin stalling, I know it’s time to learn something new. I’m in!

  26. I’m in!

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  27. I’ve joined in. To be honest, I have far too many blogs; I am no stranger to blogging. I joined up with my imagine! Create! Write! blog which, as you can tell by the title, is one of my writing blogs. (I also have my author blog – Rebecca Fyfe Writes, the Chapter Book Challenge (ChaBooCha) blog and the Blog Your book in 30 Days (challenge) blog – and those are just the writing-related ones!)

  28. I am not new to the blogging world and have done blogging before too. I closed my niche blog because I have lost my voice to inspire and write and am here to rediscover myself. To the challenge here we go. I’m in.

  29. First of all, I’m definitely in!! Not for the award. (all though, it would be great!) But I’ve just started sharing my story’s online, but I’ve been writing for years. I’m actually doing this for myself. I really want to improve my writing and English. I have so many thoughts I want to share with the world and hear their opinions and experiences. I want to get better, I want to learn more and reach my goals. And with writing something every day will be a challenge. But I love challenges so let’s try this out. I think it’s a good one as well, figuring out if I feel comfortable with writing this much, and sharing it will be a hard part as well. I want te become more confident about my writing. I don’t want to be afraid of being judged.

    You can check out my blog if you want!

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