There are many reasons to start a blog, but the most important is almost always overlooked.
I love blogs.
I love reading them. I love writing them. I love sharing them with people who I think would also enjoy them or get something out of them.
Blogging can be as simple as posting pictures of what we ate that day. It can be about health and fitness. It can be about our pets or our writing process. It can be endless rants and reflections from that “Life, Death and Meaning” philosophy class, that forced us to reevaluate our approach to living and dying while reading endless texts by very depressing Russian authors (which is what I did my freshmen year of college).
We might not get a huge following. We might not make any money off of it. We might even keep it password protected so that only people who know the password can see it. But, writing a blog can save our lives—yes, our lives. We’re in this together.
Blogging gives us to the chance to sort through our thoughts and tune in to our feelings. It gives us an outlet for what’s going on inside. I found this to be particularly helpful during my teenage years, which were admittedly filled with a lot of angst.
We can share tips and tricks to cope with stress.
We can share experiences and stories from our own journeys.
We can give others the opportunity to do the same, by creating a safe environment for everyone who visits the site.
If you don’t want to share your story with the world, a diary can work in the same way, but a blog can give us the opportunity to find support in community. We might also help someone else with our words—someone who might be feeling or going through a similar thing.
The internet is full of trolls, but there is still so much more good than bad, so long as we approach every situation with a good intention and open mind. Also, don’t feed the trolls and they’ll go away. (We can also block them from most sites now, which is nice—ha!)
By getting our stories out, we help clear away potential stress.
Write it out—get it out and let it go.
Let someone else pick it up—to learn from and to be helped by.
Let’s write what we feel.
Express what we might be afraid to say out loud.
Just say what’s on your mind.
When we share our experiences, we aren’t just helping ourselves cope and get through something. We are also opening up a conversation and creating a safe space for others—to come together and support each other—so we can all get through it together.
We’re in this together.
Author: Stacy Porter
Editor: Yoli Ramazzina
Photo: Author’s own.