In the last 11 days, I have published 11 posts on this blog. That is the twelfth post on the twelfth day. I won’t be able to keep this pace for long, from February I’ll be back at work again. Until then I will try to write as much as I can. Not just because I’ve decided to revive this blog, but because it feels good. I think a little tidier now and are therefore calmer. Blogging helps me to focus.
The contributions were not groundbreaking ideas that had to be published. But they were thoughts that had occupied me for a long time, and it was good to let them out. Dealing with thoughts while writing, finding an explanatory formulation can be a very beneficial process. I am now aware of much more. For example, what could change in coworking this year and what is essential.
You do blogging for yourself.
Of course, I also want to reach other people interested in coworking with this blog. I think it’s critical to share knowledge, especially in our very young scene, which lacks traditions and standard works. We can only learn from each other if we communicate with each other. But it also satisfies an inner desire to express and be visible. My ego is one of my drives.
I believe that one should primarily blog for oneself. Everything else is just marketing for something else. That’s not bad per se, but it’s an entirely different motivation. Of course, the self-image I’m building also affects my employer. If Tobias Kremkau is a coworking expert, then St. Oberholz must have an idea of coworking. Of course, it does, even without me, but you know what I mean.
To blog means to make yourself visible. You show other people your ideas, formulate your own opinion about something and express this in your own words. That is a big step, no matter how impersonal the topic seems to be. You have to be able to do that, and nobody should be forced to do it. I wish that more of my colleagues would show their expertise through blog posts, but not everyone feels comfortable with that.
If the chain breaks, repair it.
My good friend Ryan recently created a remarkable chain of posts: 48 articles at a time. So he blogged daily for almost a month and a half. Shortly before Christmas, the chain broke. But Ryan wouldn’t be Ryan if he hadn’t learned a lesson and developed a solution: If the chain breaks, repair it. He just made up for the contributions and backdated them. His blog and his work are a great inspiration to me.
Header Image: Katharina-Franziska Kremkau, Antwerp 2019