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.
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?