12 Most Satisfying Reasons I Write for 12Most .com
I am proud to say that this article is the 22nd one I’ve written for 12Most.com. What started as a lark has become a meaningful part of my writing life.
Why? The answer is the reason for this list. The reasons I continue to write for 12 Most are many and most were unexpected. My original motive was simply to expand my reach, contacts, and get whatever benefit I might from the association.
While that has clearly occurred, it’s the other things on this list that sincerely keep me aboard.
1. The people
I mean both the people at 12 Most — the wonderful editors and partners as well as the incredible variety of people I meet — virtually — from the feedback I regularly receive.
2. The content
I’m primarily a dad writer. Yes, I write about subjects other than parenting, but my niche is in that general space. With 12 Most, I get to indulge so many of my other interests, whether it is my most beloved Christmas Songs or why I LOVE to ski.
3. The stretch
Writing out of my niche, my comfort zone, makes me stretch as a writer. It makes me a better writer.
4. The twelve
As a corollary to number three, it never ceases to amaze me how easily I can come up with the first 8–10 items for each article. Stretching for the last few is a challenge that, again, makes me a better writer and exercises my brain.
5. The research
Many of the subjects I cover are simply opinion-based but many others require doing some research. That research often results in having fun, learning, and expanding my horizons.
6. The money
I can dream, can’t I?
7. The friends
While I put “the people” at the top of this list, an elaboration of that are the great friends I’ve made, both virtually and in person during the six months or so I’ve been affiliated with 12 Most.
8. The fun
Writing these articles is simply fun. When I can take a subject I enjoy — like skiing — and post my own videos and photos, and espouse my unique perspective on life, it’s a kick. I like fun.
9. The struggle
See, I’ve hit number nine and I’m stuck. I don’t immediately have the final three to add. That struggle is a challenge. If it were all easy, it would be less satisfying. Isn’t that true for most of life? Why is it we get the greatest satisfaction from many of the things that are the hardest? Examples: finishing a big project, graduating from college, balancing your checkbook, surviving Valentine’s Day…
10. The learning
I continue to learn so much from being a regular contributor to 12 Most. Often, I choose topics that I only loosely have a layman’s knowledge of. That means the research I must do is more extensive than simply looking up all the best Christmas songs and choosing my favorites. Again, I like this and call this “brain exercise.”
11. The community
By extension, participation here is participating in a growing community. Beyond the people and friends, I feel genuinely part of a cool, smart community. 12Most.com is like any good web-site/business. It is figuring it out as it grows. It is expanding. It is learning from its mistakes and making adjustments to its practices and its personnel. All of this is great to be part of. I will learn from them as I hope my readers and personal community both learn from and teach me.
12. The attaboys
I am a greedy lover of positive affirmation. In the book, The Five Languages Of Love, one of those new-agey books I tend to dismiss, I actually discovered (along with my wife) what my biggest language of love is. It’s positive affirmation. It is my drug of choice. My wife’s were different. I get so much positive affirmation here that it’s taken my wife off the hook.
Writing for 12 Most is open to all writers. The above reasons are just my own personal reflections on the value I get here. If you write, you want to join this community. You will get your own rewards and they are far greater than monetary! Submit your ideas and maybe you can join this great community!
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Photo illustration work: Paul Biedermann, re:DESIGN