This post is simple. Last night after reading over the brilliant peoples’ blogs that I follow and some others that I occassionally read, I felt dumb. Not like, “Oh man I forgot to shut the oven off again after cooking that sweet SPAM dinner,” dumb, but the, “Oh man, how the hell am I ever going to know that much info” dumb. You know, like the night before your last final in college before summer break when you haven’t studied yet. Right before I pulled the trigger on changing my domain to www.mikescottdpt.com I had to reflect on WHY I actually blog.
Because I’m an optimist for the most part I will end with the why’s.
- I already work 50 – 60 hours a week. This idea was quickly pushed out of my head due to the fact that A. I love my job B. I know many people who work way more and have a significant online presence 3. Content usually comes organically and I don’t force the process.
- I feel like an idiot compared to my peers most of the time.
- I am not the smartest, most original, funniest, or most innovative
- I don’t really know my niche yet
- The most searched term on the internet that leads people to my blog is “million dollar bill” due to the fact I used a picture of one in my “Weston High School Career Day” post. I find this fact disheartening.
- Although I sometimes think my readership is small, I have a readership.
- I’d feel bad if I didn’t do anything with the ideas I come up with for my blog.
- When I get a comment on my posts, or create a discussion, I can’t help but feel that I am improving the field of rehabilitation or S&C.
- I know many people, including my closest friends, that really do not know what I do as a physical therapist, and I feel this blog can give them a better understanding of what I, and other therapists, do on a daily basis.
- I use my blog as a tool to connect with other professionals to improve my own knowledge, while also advancing the knowledge of others.
- One day I want to be respected with the likes of Mike Reinold, Mike Boyle, Charlie Weingroff, Gray Cook, etc.
- I love to teach, and teaching is the most effective way to learn. Prior to moving, I probably got asked if I was a teacher, or planned to teach once a week.
- Gary V says it’s a good idea (just kidding).
The one year anniversary of my blog is coming up in less than a month (in typical guy fashion I have nothing planned to celebrate), and I think that now is as good of a time as ever to reflect on why I write, why I continue to learn, and why I want to continue to help others learn. I think I put out a tweet some months ago that I feel my education as a PT really started the day I graduated, and I still feel that way. I continue to grow and evolve as a PT and rehab professional every day, and I cannot see myself as a professional without this creative and educational outlet.
Always evolve (many times evolving requires a little reflection),