My Blog is My Journal
From “The Health Benefits of Journaling“, the following benefits are listed:
Clarify your thoughts and feelings — Do you ever seem all jumbled up inside, unsure of what you want or feel? Taking a few minutes to jot down your thoughts and emotions (no editing!) will quickly get you in touch with your internal world.
Know yourself better — By writing routinely you will get to know what makes you feel happy and confident. You will also become clear about situations and people who are toxic for you — important information for your emotional well-being.
Reduce stress — Writing about anger, sadness and other painful emotions helps to release the intensity of these feelings. By doing so you will feel calmer and better able to stay in the present.
Solve problems more effectively — Typically we problem solve from a left-brained, analytical perspective. But sometimes the answer can only be found by engaging right-brained creativity and intuition. Writing unlocks these other capabilities, and affords the opportunity for unexpected solutions to seemingly unsolvable problems.
Resolve disagreements with others — Writing about misunderstandings rather than stewing over them will help you to understand another’s point of view. And you just may come up with a sensible resolution to the conflict.
From “The Benefits Of Journaling”
There are many transformative benefits to journaling, but the most important is that journaling allows you to express fears and worries and irrational anxieties without anyone around to condemn you for it.
You can whine and rant and fret without anyone passing judgment or telling you what you “should” be feeling or doing. No raised eyebrows, no disapproving silences, just pure expression and release.
It doesn’t matter if what you’re writing about is totally juvenile or selfish or even downright mean. There is always some small part of us all that feels in a way we wouldn’t even dream of acting on, the benefit of journaling is it allows you to express those negative nasties instead of burying them so they can fester.
By letting everything out, journaling helps you to move past irrationality and emotional response and get to the meat of an issue. It helps you identify exactly what situations and people are holding you back and how. It helps you determine what you really want out of life and how to set goals toward reaching those dreams.
Journaling helps lift the weight of negativity and self doubt by putting it all down on paper and releasing it. Sometimes you’ll find that your fears seem less overwhelming and your doubts less realistic when seeing it in writing. And really, how often can a person complain about the same situation before feeling motivated to do something about it!
Journaling gives you perspective by allowing you to take a step back and really evaluate your life and priorities. At the same time it helps you organize your thoughts and understand what you’re feeling and why. Solutions and ideas seem to come out of thin air while problems become less overwhelming.
The key to journaling is unrestricted, free-flowing writing.
The only difference between keeping a journal and keeping a blog is that a blog is public whereas a journal is hopefully not. I still keep my blog for myself, for my sanity, for my own wellbeing but I made the decision to make it public so that I could share my thoughts, my feelings, my life with the people I love. But if negativity exists within it, so be it – at least I’m acknowledging the negativity and moving on, rather than letting it fester. AND I don’t believe that my life sucks.
Jods () @ 07/19/2005 17:57:
I’m proud of your stance… blogging/journaling is a way to release a lot of pent up feelings, wether good or bad and its a wonderful way to share your life experiences with those of us who can’t be with you/talk to you everyday. Please don’t ever let a few bad ‘weeds’ turn you off it.
Tina () @ 07/19/2005 18:59:
I love my blog. I find it’s the best way for me to keep in touch with people that I don’t see everyday, and it’s a great way to share pictures, and it’s thanks to you that I ever set one up and it looks so great!
Renu () @ 07/20/2005 08:32:
I felt really strong after reading your blog today..
Taylor () @ 07/20/2005 12:06:
The point of a public journal, IMO should be so you can keep the people not so close to you, close to you so when you meet again, it’s like you never split.Whomever felt it necessary to read some “strangers” blog about their trip to the orthodontist and conversations with their mother seriously needs a life. As for negative vs postitive. She has 5 other blogs, wedding (postitive), training (positive), and 3 hobbies (positive). No one should really have the right to insult someone in their personal journal.I would expect if she could make the blog invite only, she would. I mean who cares about some strangers opinion (and that goes for BOTH sides of the coin).
Jods () @ 07/20/2005 16:59:
Well said Taylor, well said.