I can completely understand why people who keep their blogs private. Some of the things I write and see on here are deeply personal, so why would we want the rest of the world to read it? Especially those blogs concerning mental health. There’s still a massive stigma attached to it and you don’t want to have to proof read and edit everything you write so that your language is acceptable for every person that could come across it.
It’s not about how many people follow your blog or how many people find what you write interesting; sometimes it’s just about having an outlet to scream and shout (and let it all out!). It’s so therapeutic to write all your feelings down – it takes them out of your head for a while which can be priceless and more useful than anything any doctor can ever offer you.
For me though, I have to say, people I know personally do see my blog. My mum reads it, my best friends read it, and occasionally I or people I know share it with others that are struggling as well. Sometimes there’s just that need to sit down for five minutes and read that you’re not the only person in the world that is going through hell and if I can give someone that then I wouldn’t hesitate to do so.
I first and foremost encourage people to read through the comments when they come to my blog, rather than the actual posts I write, because reading the nice words you all leave me and the positive outcomes a lot of you have had, it gives a person hope and a sense of belonging. Which is at the end of the day what we all need.
Additionally, I think mental health awareness needs to be stronger and people need to understand the impacts that some of these illnesses and disorders have on our lives. I want people to know that it’s OK and not something to be ashamed of or something that they should hide away – therefore to me, hiding my blog away would be somewhat hypocritical of my views on the topic in my opinion. But that’s just me.
It does interest me though. I read a lot of your blogs every single day and I feel as though I know you. Some of you comment frequently to me and vice versa, some of us email – let’s face it I even have a few of you on WhatsApp. So to me, I do know you. But do people who actually physically know you read your blog? I would have thought it’s quite evenly split!
However you blog though, just make sure you keep doing so. Because I for one, love your posts and think you rock.