Over at For Bloggers By Bloggers, I offered up a new list of free blog topics to help you with ideas for your blog. There are ten topics to choose from, and it’s something we offer up as a thank-you to the For Bloggers By Bloggers community.

One of the topics suggested is If This Was My Last Blog Post, and its premise is wondering what you would say, if you knew it would be the last post you ever write (if you were to die). A little morbid, maybe, but I’m curious about these kind of things.

So, putting my money where my mouth is, here’s what I would write.

We Waste Too Much Precious Time

We always think we’re too busy to do the things we should be doing. We hang out on social networks; we stay late at the office, doing that one last report; we leave our kids in front of the TV while we read the paper or catch up on emails; and more.

Ask yourself if you really need to be doing these things, or if they can wait. Ask yourself the last time you spent quality time with your loved ones; children; or even just you, away from all the noise and distractions. You might be surprised at how freeing and rewarding it can be.

Don’t Be Afraid to Make Mistakes

As children, we’re unafraid to take risks. We see the world as one big adventure, and if we hurt ourselves along the way we simply shed some tears, get a kiss from our parent(s) and move on to the next adventure. It allows us to grow, because we know not to make the same mistake that hurt us in the first place.

Unfortunately, as adults, it seems like we’ve forgotten the art of learning from our mistakes. We stay with abusive partners; we accept shit from our boss instead of looking for a job where we’re valued; and we never take action on that one big idea we have, because everyone will think it’s stupid.

The thing is, though, we became the adults we are because we learned from our mistakes as children. And we turned out all right (mostly). There’s something to be said for that, no? Don’t be afraid to make mistakes – you’re only hurting yourselves if you do.

Thanks For All The Fish

Bloggers are a strange breed. We basically share our personal thoughts in public, looking for feedback and endorsement (or disagreement). It’s almost like reverse narcissism.

Yet from that weird approach, magical things happen. Communities are built; friendships are grown; mindsets are changed. And sometimes, just sometimes, movements are created from the springboard that a single blog post can create.

I’m incredibly biased, but I see you as one of the best communities on the web. You’ve never been afraid to challenge, whether that be my thoughts or that of other guest writers or commenters. You’ve discussed topics with respect for each other, and helped me grow as a person. Say what you want about online relationships, but you’re all as real and valued as anyone I know offline.

Thank you for being with me while I was on this little blogging journey. It would have been boring as hell without you, and maybe we can continue our conversations on the other side. Underworld+, anyone?

Takeaways and Wishful Thinking

I hope I’ve kept you entertained on this journey. I know I’ll miss everyone I’ve formed bonds and connections with, and I’ll be a little sad for not having the chance to meet more people I would probably be inspired by.

But I can’t complain. I’ve met wonderful people; experienced wonderful events; saw history being changed; and wouldn’t change a single thing. We spend too much time wishing things were different; but sometimes we just need to see the great things we already have because things aren’t different.

If there are any takeaways that I hope I can depart with, it’s that maybe, just maybe, this blog helped you realize you don’t need to be anyone else; that it’s okay to question popular opinion; and that having belief in your convictions is never out of fashion. And maybe gave you the odd bit of business advice along the way…

Take care, guys, and thanks for the memories!

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So, there you have it. My last blog post. I deliberately left out personal words to my family and loved ones, as that would be something just for them. This post – and the premise behind the topic – is for your swan song to your readers.

So – what would you say? Would love to hear your thoughts in the comments. Or, if you’re feeling really inspired, write your own post and either share it in the comments, or link back to the For Bloggers By Bloggers post so others can read too.

Look forward to being inspired.

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169 comments
janebinnion
janebinnion

Hi Danny, didnt meet the Falchettos sorry, but did write my blog, and really enjoyed pondering it all over a glass or two of chilled French white! Hope you enjoy it...My Last Ever Blog http://t.co/Nzsybcx

DT
DT

cant be your last post men, l do enjoy keep visiting this blog and read all the posts ;)

DT
DT

cant be your last post men, l do enjoy keep visiting this blog and read all the posts ;)

Frank
Frank

Danny,

I can't imagine what I would say if I had to write my last blog post. I guess that is the point of this post to challenge us to think about the end. I would write about how my writing has been a great testament of faith in action. That anything is possible if we are willing to take a chance and go after what we want. I would share a personal story on my journey from the beginning of my blogging to the end, sharing breif synopsis and links to the people who helped me along the way. In all honestly it would probably read like a book with over 5K words. You really got me thinking about the reason I blog and what would happen if I needed to give it up for any particular reason.

Frank
Frank

Danny, I can't imagine what I would say if I had to write my last blog post. I guess that is the point of this post to challenge us to think about the end. I would write about how my writing has been a great testament of faith in action. That anything is possible if we are willing to take a chance and go after what we want. I would share a personal story on my journey from the beginning of my blogging to the end, sharing breif synopsis and links to the people who helped me along the way. In all honestly it would probably read like a book with over 5K words. You really got me thinking about the reason I blog and what would happen if I needed to give it up for any particular reason.

Mark Schaefer
Mark Schaefer

The phrase that stuck in my head from this post was "reverse narcissism." Blogging realy can be so weird. It's true that we open ourselves up for contention -- and perhaps even derision. But there is also a definite rush when you connect with people and they love what you do. I know that when I do too many posts in a row when people argue I get weary. So there is this constant back and forth between narcissm and reverse narcissm ... if that makes any sense!! Staying centered and balanced through it all to take both the criticism and the praise with grace is kind of an essential blogging life skill, isn;t it?

Thanks for the thought-provoking post Danny!

Mark Schaefer
Mark Schaefer

The phrase that stuck in my head from this post was "reverse narcissism." Blogging realy can be so weird. It's true that we open ourselves up for contention -- and perhaps even derision. But there is also a definite rush when you connect with people and they love what you do. I know that when I do too many posts in a row when people argue I get weary. So there is this constant back and forth between narcissm and reverse narcissm ... if that makes any sense!! Staying centered and balanced through it all to take both the criticism and the praise with grace is kind of an essential blogging life skill, isn;t it?

Thanks for the thought-provoking post Danny!

Mark Schaefer
Mark Schaefer

The phrase that stuck in my head from this post was "reverse narcissism." Blogging realy can be so weird. It's true that we open ourselves up for contention -- and perhaps even derision. But there is also a definite rush when you connect with people and they love what you do. I know that when I do too many posts in a row when people argue I get weary. So there is this constant back and forth between narcissm and reverse narcissm ... if that makes any sense!! Staying centered and balanced through it all to take both the criticism and the praise with grace is kind of an essential blogging life skill, isn;t it? Thanks for the thought-provoking post Danny!

Nicole
Nicole

Funny, each time I post I contemplate it being my last . Good exercise to try.

Nicole
Nicole

Funny, each time I post I contemplate it being my last . Good exercise to try.

Eugene
Eugene

This reminds me of the last post by Derek Miller of penmachine. It was one of the most haunting things I've ever read. Like he was talking from beyond the grave. I think everyone should read it at least once.

Eugene
Eugene

This reminds me of the last post by Derek Miller of penmachine. It was one of the most haunting things I've ever read. Like he was talking from beyond the grave. I think everyone should read it at least once.

Giulia
Giulia

Very good...simple, honest, and on point =)

Giulia
Giulia

Very good...simple, honest, and on point =)

andreachland
andreachland

Sir you just gave me the idea that to make a great blog is to write it as if its your last, and you can make each your masterpiece.I really, really want to learn ropes on this thing. I might as well give it a try. Writing is my passion.

andreachland
andreachland

Sir you just gave me the idea that to make a great blog is to write it as if its your last, and you can make each your masterpiece.I really, really want to learn ropes on this thing. I might as well give it a try. Writing is my passion.

Jane Binnion
Jane Binnion

Love this, I may well write my own while I'm resting in France this holiday! :)

Jane Binnion
Jane Binnion

Love this, I may well write my own while I'm resting in France this holiday! :)

Danny Brown
Danny Brown

That’s the great thing, isn’t it, Frank? We all have different stories to tell. I like the way you’d share a personal story – a great way to remember you. Cheers, mate.

Danny Brown
Danny Brown moderator

I hear you. When you get the email that you have a new comment, it's a "double rush", if you like. You're happy that your post touched someone enough to comment, and you also want to see what take they're offering.

Fun times! :)

Danny
Danny

Do you have a link, mate? Sounds intriguing. :)

Danny
Danny

Do you have a link, mate? Sounds intriguing. :)

Danny
Danny

You haven't met the Bonsai Boys yet, though... ;-)

Can't argue with your sentiment, miss - here's to it.

Danny
Danny

You haven't met the Bonsai Boys yet, though... ;-) Can't argue with your sentiment, miss - here's to it.

Danny
Danny

Enjoy the break, Jane, and say hello to John and Ameena Falchetto if you happen to bump into them. ;-)

Danny
Danny

Enjoy the break, Jane, and say hello to John and Ameena Falchetto if you happen to bump into them. ;-)

Kaarina Dillabough
Kaarina Dillabough

Ooooh, is that an invitation or a challenge to meet? I'm just "up the road", you know.

And the sentiment's a reality for me.

Now, when can I come meet you Bonsai Boys?

Kaarina Dillabough
Kaarina Dillabough

Ooooh, is that an invitation or a challenge to meet? I'm just "up the road", you know. And the sentiment's a reality for me. Now, when can I come meet you Bonsai Boys?

janebinnion
janebinnion

Hi Danny, didnt meet the Falchettos sorry, but did write my blog, and really enjoyed pondering it all over a glass or two of chilled French white! Hope you enjoy it...My Last Ever Blog http://t.co/Nzsybcx

Eugene
Eugene

No problem. But fair warning: it's a really heart-wrenching read (as it should be I suppose).

Danny
Danny

Awesome, thanks Eugene - bookmarked for viewing later, cheers!

Eugene
Eugene

No problem. But fair warning: it's a really heart-wrenching read (as it should be I suppose).

Danny
Danny

Awesome, thanks Eugene - bookmarked for viewing later, cheers!

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