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Why I Write!

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I write to gain clarity for myself. 

I write to explain myself.

I write to feed my soul.

I write as a form of self-expression.

I write to share myself!

I write because I enjoy it!

I write to +Scratch my own Itch+. Meaning, I write for my own sense of self-exploration, and I hope people that read my words can find themselves or discover something for themselves in what I write.

I write to get unbridled feedback from people, and somehow it feels less personal when people are brutally honest about the words I put on a page than when they are brutally honest about who I am. Yes! I realize I’d better serve myself if I more actively looked for unbridled feedback on who I am. Sometimes that is a bit trickier, just given the type of culture we live in, where people don’t necessarily give feedback freely, or they don’t give it in the most constructive way possible.  Since writing already is a construction, and when people offer their two-cents (which is sometimes priceless) there is essentially a filter in place from which they can give me immediate feedback, and I am able to apply this directly to the area of life I’m already working on, which is my writing.

BTW – I have already gotten some amazing feedback on some of my posts!


I write because I know that as I keep this up, I will progressively get better. Writing is a craft and I dove head-first into this craft. This blog is a genesis of my own self-discovery as well as the ^edification^ of myself and others.  I have taken this blog on to create worth-while content because I made a promise to live a life full of self-expression and passion in 2017. As I have started writing, I have wanted to write more. I didn’t know what this would look like before I began. I still am discovering myself as I come up with new ideas and areas to share. This is why I’m glad I just picked up and started!


PS – This post is inspired by the writers that I have read, and who have given me a glimpse into their process of writing. It’s also to the writers who have given me amazing feedback on my posts, this of course includes writers who write for a living as well as the writers who don’t even realize they are writers!

End Notes:

+Tim Ferriss always says “scratch your own itch” on his podcast. Check out some of my prior posts as I have mentioned his name for the instruction/valuable lessons he has provided to me on his various platforms.

^ Edification or Edify – “is the instruction or improvement of a person morally or intellectually”. This word was borrowed from my dude CG who shared this with me when giving me feedback! (CG- your full name will be revealed in a later post)

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About: Joshua Pressman Jacobs, aka -Josh Off The Press; A life explorer, adventurer and lover of life. This site is an expression of my "WHY". Topics on this page range from politics, to sports, to popular culture, as well as personal and inspirational stories. Please follow/subscribe & share! https://joshoffthepress.com/ joshoffthepress@gmail.com https://twitter.com/JoshuaPJacobs


5 thoughts on “Why I Write!

  1. Great work Josh, I write for many of the reason that you write. I also enjoy making an impact on the world. I find that Social Media such as Facebook, blogs LinkedIn help to get the written word out there.

    Again, great work


    Posted by Jeffrey Levine | February 6, 2017, 7:18 pm
  2. Great post, Josh.
    Why I write? One of the reasons why I write, because I can get honest feedback from readers that feed my inner soul which sometimes I couldn’t get in my surrounding people.
    Anyway, thanks for following me back 🙂

    Liked by 1 person

    Posted by Yoris Garfield | April 16, 2017, 1:16 am


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