Today I want to do something a bit different; 10 reasons why blogging is good for me. It’s also a bit of a thank you to you guys for sticking with me over the last six months, being incredibly supportive and lovely to me.
So here goes! –
It’s like free therapy. There’s no easier way to get your feelings out then to write them down. As soon as I write down a thought, I can get on with my day knowing that it’s somewhere else and most importantly – not in my head.
It’s nice to know that my thoughts are helping someone else. The amount of comments I receive that begin with ‘Thank you for writing this’ is amazing. I also receive a flood of emails every day asking for advice and help which is lovely and I’m glad people feel as though they can come to me.
On the flip side, your posts help me too. Reading your posts allows me to recognise that I’m not the only person feeling this way, and maybe more often I should start commenting, ‘Thank you for writing this’.
Blogging builds self-esteem. Everyone knows that us Brits can’t take a compliment, we deflect it and the response is usually something along the lines of, ‘Oh shut up’. But more recently, I’ve not only started to believe the nice things that people say, but I’ve learnt to say, ‘Thank you’.
I’m not very good at being vocal with my problems – so this blog gives the people in my life a chance to understand how I’m feeling. My mum and my friend Megan read it regularly. I’m also almost 100% sure that all of you are actually my mum’s friends because she’s my number 1 promoter.
I have around 1000 virtual friends that I didn’t have before. Some of them that care much more genuinely than the people I have in my life when I step away from my laptop.
It forces me to take time out for myself. Sometimes I’m unsuccessful and don’t post for a few days, but the majority of the time I make the time in the day to blog for 20 minutes.
It gives me a chance to make a difference. I’m sure you’re all bored to death of hearing about The Mental Health Art Auction by now, but I love the idea that hundreds of people can come together from all over the world and really help to make a change for the better.
Blogging provides me with a platform to showcase my work. The art work that I do and the events that I plan are usually only seen by a very select few people – whereas now hundreds have come across them and I’ve received many compliments.
I love it. It’s another passion of mine. It’s not a chore for me or something I need to get done. I genuinely love it.