5 Ways Blogging Can Save Your Sanity

I love to encourage others to start blogging, even if it is just as a means of self-discovery and free therapy. It’s true… blogging is incredibly effective as a method for handling our daily sources of stress and suffering.

Here’s why:

1. You find yourself constantly emptying your brain.

There is nothing worse than getting stuck inside your own head, in endless loops of self-defeating thoughts. When you are blogging, you get in the habit of writing things down in journals, notebooks, in the margins of your books, anywhere really. You observe something that happens in your life (or in your thoughts), you react on an personal level, and you write it down for a release. This is infinitely healthier than holding it all in.

2. It changes the way you view the world.

Once you start blogging, you begin to pay closer attention to the world around you. You notice the details, live in the present moment, and relish the life lessons, because these become the themes you will write about. You stop going through the motions, living your life on auto-pilot, and instead fully engage in everything that happens. This simple shift in your approach improves the quality of your life in unimaginable ways.

3. Blogging reminds you that you are not alone.

If you isolate yourself when you’re feeling down, you might find yourself thinking no one else out there could be as unfortunate as you are. By comparing yourself to all sorts of unrealistic standards and fantasies, you could easily become convinced that your life is hardly worth living.

But once you start writing about your issues, values, and concerns, and sharing them with the world, you’ll soon meet all sorts of people who “get” who you are, and where you’ve been. Communities form, friendships blossom, and as you start to feel understood, you cannot help but feel better about yourself.

4. Readers hold you accountable.

If you announce to your readers that you are going to lose 50 pounds, or quit smoking, or give up drinking, or donate $100 per day for the next 30 days, you are far more likely to do it than if you just think about these goals. You don’t want to have to report back to your readers that you failed, or gave up, or just got lazy.

Your readers become your cheerleaders and primary supporters, so you find yourself following through on your promises, dreams and goals (for a change). You stop feeling like a quitter, or a failure, and start enjoying your small victories. This gets you well on your way to greater victories down the road.

5. Helping others distracts you from your own issues.

Soon enough you will find yourself in the position of being a role model, friend, or therapist. The bonds you form through blogging run deep, and you end up helping your readers as much as they help you. As you become involved in their issues and challenges, you think less and less of your own. Once again, getting out of your own head minimizes the power of self-defeating thoughts. By helping others you allow new thoughts, positive thoughts, to take the place of the old, unhelpful ones. Optimism becomes your new, every day way of thinking.

So, even if you aren’t looking to become a career blogger, if you are struggling through personal challenges, or stressful situations, consider starting a free hobby blog as one of many possible techniques to help you get back on track.

What do you think? Is it worth a shot?

If you are a blogger, have you found this to be true?

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  1. When I 1st started blogging it was solely from a business perspective. As I have continued to do it and become a better writer it has become as much as a hobby as anything else. I truly enjoy creating a good post!

  2. Hi Lisa, how are you?

    Great read! You hit all the points on why people should blog. As for me blogging has been a great experience. It helped me connect with people from different parts of the world, it keeps me on track of attaining my goals, and sure helps that my readers encourage me to keep going.

    How is quest for balance been treating you?

    Cheers,

    -Brian
    .-= Brian´s last blog ..10 Remarkable Differences between Procrastinators and Go-Getters – Which Side Are You On? =-.

  3. I am absolutely hooked on blogging. I make almost nothing compared to the number of hours I put in, but what keeps me coming back is the thank yous from readers. I’m hooked – can’t imagine ever stopping…

    • I know, huh? It’s a little depressing if you look at the earnings per hour of work! But like you said, it’s about MORE than that… it’s about the readers and the relationships. That part is priceless.

  4. This is why I have started up my blog again recently. I love having people hold you accountable. You just do NOT want to fail. You cannot beat a community of like minded friends.

  5. I’m a pessimist at heart and have honestly seen a difference in that since I started blogging. I love blogging and meeting new people who share the same ideas as I do as well as others.

    I just love to talk all around and blogging makes that possible for me.

    I’ve been through some things recently relationship wise that was hard and found that blogging really helped me out a lot with that.

    Great post… Re-Tweeting now! :)
    .-= Eric´s last blog ..Lets Help Each Other =-.

    • Hey, Eric! I, too, always tended to the darker side of things, until I discovered blogging. Now I seem to always look for the positive life lesson in everything, so I can share that with my community. I guess it’s true that, in trying to teach something, we learn it ourselves.

      :)

  6. I LOVED this post … it resonated so much and I just shared it on Facebook and Twitter–thank you.
    .-= Melissa´s last blog ..Just “Eh” =-.

  7. 3 and 4 I agree with. The rest? No, not for me. I’m a writer and blogging for me is a way to get started for the day. Or to have something to write when stuck with other things. To feel the the whole world is watching is great. It makes me perform, make my progressbars moving and write my very best. I know there are not that much readers who really cares, but that is not the point.

  8. Not sure if I can comment since I dont blog….what I can say that all of the above is true Lisis and I’ve learned most of it by reading blogs like yours online. It started with one and I cant even tell you how many I read everyday! I love your posts and you- you inspire and bring out the best in me. Hubs is always telling me that I should start a blog, but I guess I wouldn’t know what to write about….
    Keep up the good work my dear Lisis. :)

    • Charity, you can totally comment, especially since I was hoping to inspire others to START a blog. It doesn’t cost anything to do it so, even if you decided later you don’t like it, you can just get rid of it (nothing to lose).

      I’m going to have to agree with your Hubs. I think you should start one, and just see where it leads. I don’t believe it’s necessary to have it all figured out (what you are going to write about and what your angle is) at first. Just start writing. When I started, I had two blogs, Quest for Balance and Zen Homeschool. I wasn’t sure which one I’d be able to stick with. Within a month I knew that Q4B was the one for me.

      Start writing about the stuff you are interested in… what you spend most of your time thinking about. I bet someone else out there is thinking those same things. It’ll be a fun experiment, just to see what happens. :)

  9. My blog gives me new challenges that keep my attention and force me to grow. Also, when I write a blog, I get a better analysis of me, it helps me to better understand myself.
    .-= Marko @ CalmGrowth´s last blog ..The Most Powerful Way to Grow: Conclusion =-.

    • That’s the truth, Marko… whatever we are struggling with, or trying to understand better (whether it is about ourselves or the world around us) becomes clearer when we write about it. A blog has the added advantage of feedback from readers who always find a way to put a new spin on things.

  10. Hi Lisis:

    Great post and I totally agree with you…I especially agree with you about the community that you can build from your blog. I have felt a small community begin to grow as a result. My blog has also been an excuse to meet people (the interview that I posted), which is something I ultimately enjoy. Steven, great job here on CYT….thanks sharing your “neighborhood” with Lisis and I know I’ll be back.

    • Hey, Tim! Isn’t it amazing how quickly and organically a community starts to form around whatever you put out there. One of the things that takes getting used to is that it’s a very fluid process… people come and go over time. But in the end, there always seems to be an immovable core that sticks with you no matter what. :)

  11. Hi Lisis

    I love your attitude of encouraging others, though from past few days i started blogging there is no proper encouragement from any of my friends , your blog has been really gave me the encouragement of keeping it up , Thank you for making me continue

    • Hey, Thomas! I know it can be frustrating at first. Sometimes you have to get out there and mingle a little (like commenting here, and at other blogs) just to let people know you are out there. Now we have SOOO many blogs on the Net that it takes some time to get noticed. But once the right people start to find you, the process will be much smoother. I promise. :)

  12. Dear Lisis,

    This is wonderful!! It’s something I’ve often thought about. I think # 2 and 3 are the ones I relate to most. But I think the biggest thing I’ve got out of blogging is realizing HOW MANY good people there are in the world. How many people are striving for goodness and positive change. How many good people are reaching out with love to people they never met, reaching out with genuine caring and support. Now THAT moves me to tears. I can honestly say that about ALL the people that I’ve met that left comments on this page: You, Jay, Tess, Steven, Zeenat, and I’m sure it’s true of the others here that I don’t know or they probably wouldn’t be here. And I can honestly say that every single one you that I have met have at one time or another moved me to tears. Now THAT is amazing.

    The world is FULL of GOOD people.
    Thank you dear Lisis for sharing this.
    Hugs,
    Robin
    .-= Robin Easton´s last blog ..Will Humans Survive? =-.

    • Aww… Robin, you are always so sweet! I know what you mean, though. You, and the people you mentioned, are my constant reminders that there is good in the world. I, too, have been moved to tears on more occasions than I can count, just from the love and support you all share so freely. I feel so fortunate to have met you during this journey. :)

  13. I think the first one is very important. blogging provides a great way to rant and vent frustrations by emptying thoughts out of your head. Then when your head is empty, you can’t help but create new ideas and thought which I think can be healthy. Cheers.
    .-= Sam´s last blog ..French Door Refrigerators =-.

  14. Hi Lisis,

    I love the point that you mentioned that readers hold us accountable. Whenever I have something that I want to challenge myself to do, I will post it up on my blog and I got to do it in order to show my readers results. It is really a great way to hold ourselves accountable.

    Cheers,
    Vincent
    .-= Vincent´s last blog ..Warning: Don’t Let Your Human Instinct Stop You From Achieving Success =-.

    • Hey, Vincent! You know, I’ve seen several examples of people who announce their goals or things they want to try on their blog, and then accomplish them. I have run into a few that ended up failing to meet their goal, but that turns out to be an interesting learning experience for all, as well. It’s a win-win no matter what happens.

  15. Honestly, I like blogging because I can share all my opinion and felling without saying using my mouth. and I feel not lonely because some people have been facing the same problem like I did before.

    With blogging I meet a lot people. Share same interest and keep my mind to the right track without being insane.

  16. yeah..all you wrote is true…I have 4 blog and i Always update all of my blog.

  17. Hi Lisis,

    I agree and love your 5 reasons for blogging.

    One thing I get is that I nurture my habit in keeping my journal. And i dedicate to focus on my success journal. That’s where I reward and compliment myself everyday for what I’ve done. :)

    • Hi, Sally! What a cute picture… with all the colorful balloons! I think it’s a great idea to keep a success journal, or gratitude journal, or anything that reminds you constantly that things are not so bad. I believe it helps you cultivate a more positive attitude towards yourself and others.
      .-= Lisis´s last blog ..The Harvard Psychedelic Club Blew My Mind =-.

  18. Thank you, Tess! You just reminded me of the pessimistic tendencies I used to have. I had all but given up on the idea of happiness being possible for myself or anyone else. Slowly that idea started to turn around, but ever since I started blogging, it’s been an avalanche of positive reinforcement.

    I’ve met some of the most amazing people through blogging (like you!) and whenever I’m in doubt, or feeling a lack of hope, all I’ve got to do is turn to one of my blogging friends and the world is righted in no time.

    Thanks for being a part of my circle of oh-so-brilliant, compassionate, wonderful blogging friends!

  19. Lisis,
    No. 2 and 3 speak to me. Blogging changed my world in the way I view people. I used to think there wasn’t hope for the world. Now my view is there is more hope than ever. To think if I didn’t blog I wouldn’t have seen the light!

    I have more friends now than I ever have had in my life. Happy, giving, smart, wonderful friends who I hope to meet in person someday. It’s absolutely amazing.

    I haven’t tried no. 4 lately. Maybe I can spend some time thinking about that today.

    I love helping others, too busy for the pity-pot!

    Thanks for another thoughtful post. You give encouragement to so many!

  20. I started blogging a year ago and you’re exactly right… it’s such a great release to be able to put your thoughts into typed words. I wasn’t even a good writer when I started. Not that I am now but it’s way easier and I love it!

    • Johnny, if you love the writing process, then you’re a good writer already. The most important thing about writing, I think, is that it allows you to express (liberate?) what is inside you. That comes in all shapes and sizes, but what matters is that it works for you. :)

  21. Hey Lisis, great post.

    I suppose blogging is the equivalent of journalling but perhaps in a more focused way. I love it, and when people actually want to read what you have to say – that’s quite a compliment!

    Well done

    Doug

    • Hey, Doug! What a great feeling that is, isn’t it? When you know someone actually read your words and enjoyed them, or was helped by them, or felt moved in some way. That is the greatest reward. On the flip side, it can be a little frustrating when we feel like a post was a flop, but we’ve just got to get right back up and keep going. The good outweighs the not-so-great, in the long run.

      :)

  22. Hi Lisis –

    I love your take on blogging – it is such a wonderful form of self-expression for so many people. The subtlety of getting out of our frantic minds for time and sharing this with a wider community is something I love about blogging. Your write with clarity and passion and I love that.

    The 2 biggest impacts I’ve experienced after 6 months of blogging are that I’m writing again for the first time in 15 years (love that) and the positive feedback and comments from leaders. Just knowing that my post has helped one person to make more of life is a huge motivation for me.

    Thanks again and keep blogging!

    Phil

    • Hey, Phil! Congratulations on six months of blogging… that’s HUGE! And good for you for getting back to writing (15 years is a long time). It must feel like you’ve re-connected with an old friend.

      You are so right that noticing we have had a positive impact on even one person is a tremendous motivator. That’s the very thing that gets me through those moments when I think about giving it all up… it happens, from time to time. I always remind myself of this person, or that person, and think that there may be one more out there right now who is looking forward to that next post. Once I’m over the “hump”, I’m back in business.

      Best of luck with your blog, and if I can help you in anyway, please let me know. :)

  23. Awesome post Lisis! Emptying your mind and learning to be more present is my favorite part. Blogging does help us to become more aware and live more consciosly in every moment, you described it perfectly!
    .-= Lana – DreamFollowers Blog´s last blog ..I Don’t Believe In Religion But I Talked To God Today =-.

    • Hi, Lana… the emptying my mind part is really important to me. I’m one of those people who thrives in silence and solitude (probably should’ve been a poet, or something). When I see and hear too much, my brain gets “full” and I need to download everything somewhere to make room for more input.

      I’ve always kept journals, and I read books with a pen in hand (so I can scribble my thoughts all over the margins), and I keep notepads all over the house (so when a random thought comes, I can put it on paper). Before the blog, all of this “brain dumping” made me feel a little nuts, but now it’s just part of my writing process! Now when I’m looking for a muse I turn to those random bits of ideas and start weaving them together into a tapestry. The ends justify the means, maybe? ;)

  24. Hi Lisis!
    So true! I initially started blogging to get out of my head and to “put out there” some very personal thoughts and feelings that were at the core of my life at the time. At the very least it was a way of getting my feelings down on “paper”, but as it turned out my friends read my musings and told me how much they enjoyed my writing and that they could identify with what I was saying. Since I started blogging over a year ago, I do find myself writing, journaling and jotting a lot. Some of it goes into my blog, some of it doesn’t. But at least it gets out of my head. I never thought to make money from it, it was merely a way of sharing the insides of my head with others and see what came of it. I’ve made some wonderful connections and although my blog does not have many followers I know that the “world” is out there to listen to my thoughts.

    • Hi, Princess Kate! I love saying that name, ’cause it makes me feel like I’m hanging out with Princess Grace, or something like that. :)

      There is so much good that comes from getting our thoughts out of our heads. Whether we blog, journal, write poetry, sing, or just let it all out on some poor, unsuspecting friend over a pint of Ben & Jerry’s… it’s just better than keeping it all inside.

      You know… the numbers (subscribers, followers, page views, etc) are meaningless. When you need to be heard, the right people in the world will be there to listen. I know you’ve had a really rough couple of days, and that an awful lot is going on with the changes in your life. I won’t ever pry, but if you feel like venting, please email me (myquestforbalance at gmail dot com). I’ve been told I’m a pretty good listener (or, reader, as the case may be!). ;)

  25. Excellent post! Quite intertesting with your last post – I’ve never thought of it that way before. I always thought I was helping when starting out but now I can see how much I was doing for my own reasons to basically ‘cover’ up. Thanks. A new perspective is always desired. :)
    .-= Craig´s last blog ..Optimize Your Sleep For Better Health and More Free Time =-.

    • Hi, Craig! I’m not sure if you are “covering up” or sorting through your own things. We all have issues we are dealing with at any time. Those of us who try to help others get through their challenges are often the ones who struggle most with our own. I’ve always heard it said that people go into the field of Psychology in an effort to eradicate their own demons, and end up helping others along the way. Maybe the same is true of blogging at some level, but it’s a win-win either way. You ARE helping, and that is what matters.

  26. Lisis, thanks for the highlighting the reasons behind blogging. A while ago, while listening to Morning Coach founder J.B. Glossinger, I heard him say something that definitely rings true for me. He said that he does his daily podcast primarily for himself! Now, while that may sound a tad selfish, I think it’s healthy selfishness. His podcast is a self-improvement and personal development podcast, so he is forced to teach concepts to his readers that will help him manifest personal growth in his own life.

    Much in the same way, I write for myself as much as I write for my readers. It is cathartic, as you say, but it also forces me to think, read, write, reflect, digest. They say the best way to learn is to teach something: we bloggers are fortunate to teach through our blogging :)
    .-= Steve-Personal Success Factors´s last blog ..Build Your Life Like Martin Luther King Jr =-.

    • Absolutely true, Steve! I started blogging to help others (hoping to make a career of it, but that’s another story). But what has happened is that, in turn, my writing and my readers have helped me as much or more. I’ve only experienced this one other time, when I started homeschooling my son. I thought I would impart all this knowledge on him, but realized I was finally TRULY learning it myself, since I had to understand it well enough to teach someone else. Not only did I have to understand it, I had to BELIEVE it.

      In personal development, as in anything else, the only way to effectively teach is by example. The best way to help others live happy, healthy lives, is to inspire them by living that way ourselves.

      :)

  27. What do you know…One of my favorite Blogs and one of my favorite bloggers..both come together to create Magic :)
    Thank you Steven for having this wonderfully balanced Lisis gal scribble her awesome thoughts here. CYT is awesome!

    Lisis, Sweetie you know why i started blogging na….its all cause of your Q4B. When i took the plunge into blogging…i thought OK hobby…now its my passion and my driving force {among chocolate and ice cream ;)..which i miss sorely cause am on a diet…new goal for 2010! }
    I am learning new things everyday, growing everyday, becoming more me everyday, feeling more complete everyday…and all cause today I blog!
    I had no idea what an awesome miracle blogging was…but now I know..and rest assured whether i earn any money off of it or not..i will be blogging till well my grand kids can show off to their Hip friends “my granny has this awesome blog!!!You gotta check it out;) ”
    Thank you sweetie, for your constant love and support.

    Much love to both of you {Steven & Lisis} ……….
    Z~
    .-= Zeenat{Positive Provocations}´s last blog ..Do More… =-.

    • Oh, Zeenat! That’s the coolest thing I’ve ever heard! “My granny has this awesome blog!!!” Haha! That’s my new goal in life… to have my future grandkids brag about my blog! :)

      You were the first person to tell me you started blogging because of me. Maybe there were others before you or since, but to me you will always be my reminder of the Buddhist saying, “Thousands of candles can be lighted from a single candle, and the life of the candle will not be shortened. Happiness never decreases by being shared.” My tiny light lit your candle, and so you have gone on to light so many others.

      Thank you so much for being you! :)

  28. Yes, I have always found writing my thoughts and feelings to be very cathartic.
    Of course, growing up, I had my journals. Do I date myself too much to say that the Internet wasn’t even invented until I was out of college!!!

    Now, I’ve been blogging for a solid year and I love it!
    Took a bit of time to find my groove and establish a routine.
    I am a career blogger, yet also post personal articles about myself and my life on my blog. It feels so good to simply allow words to flow, press submit and then enjoy good conversation via comments.

    :) Susan
    .-= Susan Liddy´s last blog ..Thank you, Dr. Martin Luther King Jr. =-.

    • Hey, Susan! I had never used a computer until I got to college… and even then, I BARELY used it for typing up essays. And Internet? Forget it. I had to look up everything the old fashioned way. Do you know how easy college would have been if I’d had Google?! ;)

      Good for you, for sticking with blogging a whole year. Lots of people get discouraged early on and give up, but if you just keep truckin’ along… soon the pieces fall into place. Words flow, people join in, suddenly you’ve got yourself a gathering! :)

  29. Hi Lisis,

    Firstly thanks for accepting me as a friend on FB.

    I love the list and am particularly fond of point 2 as I’ve found that too. Literally anthing can be an inspiration for a blog post.

    Blogging is a source of inspiration and creativity, not just my own but the from the other amazing bloggers out there such as yourself.

    Lovely post!
    .-= Amit Sodha – The Power Of Choice´s last blog ..How To Inspire The World In Under 160 Characters =-.

    • Thanks, Amit! Oh, I’m thrilled to have made a new facebook friend. I love how it allows a different kind of connection than what we find in blog comments, or twitter. All of it together makes for stronger bonds, I think.

      Isn’t it neat how blogging changes your view of the world? I find myself noticing so much more, finding the lessons in everything, putting a positive spin on the stuff that is not so great. Blogging has completely changed my life (and thoughts!) for the better.

      Thanks for being here!

  30. Yes, I’ve found this to be true. I think for me personally, allowing myself like you say to “get out of my head” is one of the reasons for blogging, but also in doing this it also helps and inspires others in a positive way. So from my experience blogging has been a great outlet and a wonderful teaching tool as well. This is an amazing combination. :) Excellent post.
    .-= Baker´s last blog ..Acknowledging The Good That is Already In Your Life: The Foundation for All Abundance =-.

    • That’s exactly right, Baker… it’s an amazing combination. It is one of those things that we often start for one reason, but continue doing for a completely different reason… one we could have never imagined in the beginning.

      I started, like many others, thinking blogging would be an easy way to make money from home. Pffft! We all know how that story turns out. But along the way I discovered something FAR more valuable than a means to pay my bills. I found people… real people who need help, who offer help, who hurt, or care, or listen, or share. The real riches to be found in blogging are the intangibles that can’t be measured with numbers.

      The benefits to ourselves and to others are priceless. :)

  31. Great Insight Enjoyed reading your blog. Hope to see some more stuff from you in future.

  32. All true! This is a great article to remind us why we started blogging (and why we read other blogs).

    One other thing that blogging does is provides commitment and clarity.

    By commitment, I mean you have readers who are counting on you to write your posts regularly and you don’t want to let them down. It can make you a better writer and expose you to new ways of thinking.

    By clarity, I mean the act of writing your articles puts you in the mindframe of someone think of what they are going to say during the writing process. Fuzzy thinking will come out as fuzzy writing – who wants that?

    Great list!

    Karen

    • Hey, Karen! Those are great points. Particularly for someone who is, or wants to be, a writer (get published in some ways) developing the habit of writing regularly is tremendously important. Often our posting schedules are self-imposed, but keeping to them helps us get in a mindset of producing our best content on a deadline.

      For me, one of the biggest perks of blogging (and tweeting, for that matter) is the issue of clarity. All the fuzzy thoughts that float around in my head chaotically learn to coalesce into something concise and appropriate (that would make even Strunk & White proud!)

      ;)

  33. Hi Steven!
    You have one of my favorite bloggers here today; thanks for hosting her! I’m proud to be a part of her tribe of peaceful revolutionaries. I’m also happy to have happened across your blog, Steven. Your excitement and passion for blogging really comes though in your posts, Steven.

    Hi Lisis!
    Hey, girl, you’ve nailed it! I could see myself writing this same post (not in the same awesome way, though). To answer your question about finding your words to be true – amen, sister!

    Starting a blog reminds me of when I started teaching classes – I had to listen to the world more closely and more attentively to make sure I kept up with current information. In blogging, I tend to pay more attention to what’s happening in my life and I also listen to the stories of others in a different (more attentive) way.

    I also have found a tremendous healing component from blogging. For me, I think this comes from the physical act of writing and creating, as well as the group of awesomeness that hangs out at my blog when they have time. Reading other people’s blogs also helps me to be more compassionate and empathetic. I’ve grown a lot from seeing the world through other people’s eyes.

    Beautiful writing, Lisis. Let the peaceful warriors march on!
    :)
    .-= Lori´s last blog ..How to Not Blow Up Your Blog In Disgust After Six Months =-.

    • Hey, Lori! Once again, you were my muse. As I was writing this post, I thought about your journey from just reading along, to commenting, to writing the occasional post for my blog, to starting one of your own… and boy, oh boy! That has developed into such an awesome community!

      I’m so proud of you, and several other new bloggers I know who lurked in the shadows for a while, then slowly came out of their shells to mingle in the online world. And now look at you! Shining in all your glory after 6 months of blogging!! That’s HUGE!!!

      It really is an amazing process, even for those who have no aspirations to be professional bloggers or writers. It’s just awesome to be able to share and connect with like-minded souls that we would never find otherwise.

      You, for instance, were one of the first rewards of blogging for me. :)

    • Hi Lori, it’s a pleasure to host Lisis here today and I am so glad she came along at just the right time. It’s great what bloggers like you and Lisis are doing, which is concentrating on building a community and helping as much people as possible.
      .-= Steven Aitchison´s last blog ..5 Ways Blogging Can Save Your Sanity =-.

  34. Archan Mehta says:

    Hey Lisis:

    What an excellent blog post: one of the best I’ve read in a long time, it seems.

    However, kindly allow me to add a few ideas of my own. (Thanks for the same).

    I think blogging is about helping other people: this is the way I look at it. Helping people to deal with their life issues and, over time, playing the role of a facilitator…readers are people who need to be healed (sometimes).

    Also, let us take care not to be too harsh or judgmental if sometimes we fall short of expectations. Being accountable is one thing, but beating yourself up over it can’t be helpful. For example, if you have “promised” your readers that you will lose 10 pounds by a certain date, by all means strive toward that goal. However, if you fall short, no problem, tomorrow is another day. And you are sure to succeed sometime in the near future. Try to be supportive.

    Life is difficult and our lives are complicated, so we don’t always reach our goals. And nobody’s perfect. I think that is what “community building” is all about: we share our joys and sorrows and try to find a solution to our dilemmas. That’s why tips and techniques are so popular on many blogs.
    I appreciate you for taking the time to enlighten us and share your ideas.

    • Thank you, Archan! You’ve brought up a very valid point: what happens when we don’t do what we promised our readers?

      I faced a scenario like this in August, when I was embarking on a very exciting road trip, and I promised to bring my readers along for the ride… blogging all the way. Well, it happened that internet access was a bit difficult to come by, and by the second week I had a back injury of some sort that kept me from sitting at the computer long enough to do anything. I felt like such a failure and a fraud!

      But again, my community came to the rescue with nothing but support and love and compassion. When I was back up to full speed, they were still there with me, and I realized they had become my second family. Blogging is definitely a community effort.

      Thanks for being here!

  35. Hi Lisis, just wanted to welcome you to CYT. Blogging is one of my favourite topics and I love talking about it and how it can enrich the lives of individuals and companies alike. I think the big thing for me was number 3 when you said that you realise you are not alone. There is always someone there willing to comment or help you or even put you down but it’s all learning and it’s a fantastic tool for personal development.

    great post Lisis and I hope the readers of CYT will give you a warm welcome.
    .-= Steven Aitchison´s last blog ..5 Ways Blogging Can Save Your Sanity =-.

    • Thank you, Steven, first for hosting me here and also for your awesome comment. You know, when I started blogging I often heard from readers who were so relieved to know they were not alone… not the only ones suffering with some particular challenge. It was a great feeling to know I could provide that comfort for someone else.

      But it wasn’t until the Passion Paradox post, and our cross-blog discussion, and everything that stemmed from it that I realized I’m not alone, either. Tons of people were feeling as I was feeling, or could relate to it, or could help me through it. That totally renewed my faith in the power of blogging and, more importantly, the power of human connections.

      And, see? You started all of that! :)

  36. Jay Schryer says:

    Well said, Lisis! I couldn’t agree more. Blogging helped me get through one of the toughest periods of my life, and continues to enrich my life every day. I have met so many people who have helped me, loved me, answered my questions, and helped me grow that it would be impossible to list them all. The insights and revelations into my own psyche have been worth more than a dozen years in therapy. I highly recommend it to everyone!

    And you meet such awesome people, like this crazy Costa Rican chick I know, who is the best friend anyone could ever ask for ;)
    .-= Jay Schryer´s last blog ..The Miracle =-.

    • Well, Jay… if you go and say all THAT, they’re gonna know I’m paying you to comment. ;)

      Isn’t it amazing, though, how this blogging thing happened for both of us around the same time? We stumbled through the crazy beginnings, pulled each other through the rough spots, and came out on the other side a little dusted up, but none the worse for wear. And the friendships! Oh… the friendships. How does one even explain that part to someone who hasn’t lived it?

      Thanks for being here (and everywhere)!!

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