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Why do I blog?…

I have been writing this blog for a few weeks now. I was thinking about my experience so far. I must say that I have found writing about my feelings, thoughts, and emotions to be a great help in my personal journey to grow. It has been an even more positive experience than I had imagined even at this early stage. Here is my take on three reasons I have found for writing my blog.

The Journal Effect…

I have written about my inner struggles quite a bit thus far. Writing is one of the tools that we can use to validate our thoughts and feelings. Many people have found the power of keeping a journal, the power of seeing your thoughts written in words validates them on some level. There are times when my emotions need to be expressed. Writing helps to control the intensity of the emotions and forces me to organize my thoughts and express them is some sort of a semi-intelligent way. They are no longer a part of me but rather they exist on their own and can be checked off the mental “to do” list that persistently squawks in my head. They are now able to be what they in fact are, my feelings at that point in time. The beauty of writing them down is that I can revisit them when I feel the need to rethink issues, without the over whelming emotions that I originally had. I often read a post that I have made, and am able to detach myself from the inner voice and see them as others might. The intensity of the feelings I experienced before writing are calmed once I publish my words. Things are more balanced.

Here is a great post on what I call the Journal Effect.

Public Anonymity

Unlike a journal I have found blogging to be a great way to have my voice heard. Because of the public anonymity of the internet, we all have a forum to express ourselves, and also a community of ears to listen to us. As many of us know, having a true listener is a priceless luxury. Listeners help us validate our feelings and make sense of our thoughts. When I write a post, readers listen. The beauty of the blog is that although I share myself with the world, there is still a sense of anonymity. I believe that makes it all the easier to put myself “out there”. Just imagine if we were only able to express our thoughts with the people that interact with us. Much of the emotion would be suppressed.

Accountability

One of the main reasons I decided to start a blog was to hold myself accountable. I have had issues with accountability as long as I can remember. That is one reason I consider myself a recovering under achiever. I allowed myself to slip, and others did also. I hoped that by starting a blog to hold myself accountable, I would feel the pressure to keep on pressing forward; from myself and my anonymous friends. I do feel like I have to follow through on my plans because I have put them out publicly. I feel that I would let myself down, as well as others if I back off of my objective. I have had much support from readers and as of yet I have not had to have anyone press me to continue. I hope that if I ever need a push, it can be found here.

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2 comments to Why do I blog?…

  • Hi Brian,

    Thanks for your comment on my Sept. 11 blog entry. After I posted it, I decided to search WordPress.com to see who else had posted on the topic, and I came across your blog that way. The title of your blog caught my eye. You took one of the most annoying phrases that anyone could ever be subjected to and injected it with humor and irony.

    I chose to comment on this particular post because it’s very genuine. Many people, including me, find journaling very cathartic, and I know I came across a New York Times article or some study which puts forth this exact reason as to why so many people like to blog.

    Congratulations on your brave decision to share your personal struggle with others. I hope you will learn not to be so hard on yourself. We are all human and we all make mistakes. I would like to direct you to one tool that helped me tremendously, and I suspect it will help you as well. Have you ever heard of the Myers-Briggs Type Indicator? I gained a lot of insight into the way I negotiate the world by taking a test based on the MBTI, called the Kiersey Temperament Sorter. After finding out my type, I found books about it and read up on it. They were dead on in describing my way of negotiating the world and helped me feel that I was far from alone in my struggles. If you would like more information on them please email me and I would be happy to share more information with you. Good luck, I hope you find this helpful.

    Best, Miriam

  • Miriam,

    Thank you for your kind words. I want this blog to not only chronicle my change, but hopefully it can help others and be an inspiration. I try not to be hard on myself. I have tons of confidence and know that I have been given the all tools I need to be happy and successful. I also realize that having tools and using them are quite different. I need a kick in the butt and feel that I need to be brutally honest.

    I will check out MBTI and email you if I have any questions.
    I hope you will continue to visit and check on my progress.

    Thanks again…
    Brian

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