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# Benefits of writing blog posts

2020-01-16

The first step into creating good habits is figuring out why exactly you want the habit. To me, writing blog posts seems like a good habit, but I'm unsure why. This post will attempt to convince the reader and myself of the benefits. I have combined my own ideas with the ideas by Terry Tao [1] and Gregory Gunderson [2], and grouped them.

### Pedagogic benefits

• Writing detailed expository notes is a way to practise research. This allows you to break free from the methods you are used to [2].

• One can practise writing [1].

• Writing allows one to test understanding of an idea [1]. It forces you to explain it clearly without hand waving. When aiming your text at colleagues or future employers, you cannot use jargon to hide your lack of knowledge [2].

• Writing allows figuring out what exactly you do not understand or what you need to learn first [2].

• Writing aids in structuring knowledge [2].

### Practical benefits

• Writing a post might not actually solve some difficult problem, but it is a concrete step towards a solution [2]. It will probably teach you a lot about the background of a problem.

• Good ideas do not randomly appear. They are formed after getting a deep understanding of the problem [2].

• Information can be recalled easily [1, 2].

• Writing frees up mental space [1].

### Collaborative benefits

• It eases sharing information with friends and colleagues.

• Much (scientific) knowledge, which someone in this world has, is not known to the public. Writing technical blogs can help to spread information [2].

• Others can inform you of mistakes in your thoughts. See the post by Swartz [3] for more about better thinking.

• Compared to papers, blogs are read by more people.

By now, I hope the reader is convinced. I have, at least, convinced myself.

### References

[1] Terry Tao. (2009). Write down what you've done. Retrieved January 16, 2020, from https://terrytao.wordpress.com/career-advice/write-down-what-youve-done

[2] Gregory Gundersen. (2020). Why I Keep a Research Blog. Retrieved January 16, 2020, from http://gregorygundersen.com/blog/2020/01/12/why-research-blog

[3] Aaron Swartz. (2006). Tips for Better Thinking. Retrieved July 29, 2020, from http://www.aaronsw.com/weblog/thinkbetter