I started by expressing my thoughts in a diary with a lock and key🔐 it was popular then for young girls to own a “Secret Diary”. I was around 8 years then, during that time I was processing serious adult matters and had no clue what to do with my various emotions.
I’m 31 now, today this day, journaling, writing, and now blogging brings me joy. If I could write a list of “What centers Treasure”, I would list singing preferably with a group, writing, and creating art.
An article issued by the American Psychological Association states, “Research has shown that writing a personal diary and other forms of expressive writing are a great way to release emotional distress and just feel better,” said the study’s lead author, Meyran Boniel-Nissim, PhD, of the University of Haifa, Israel. “Teens are online anyway, so blogging enables free expression and easy communication with others.”
It is therapeutic and creates community, if you’re every feeling sad, lost and lonely, it helps to connect with yourself through healthy vocal or scriptural expression. A word or song has the power to heal and uplift others. Even if you’ve never considered yourself as creative, writing is for everyone.
And by the way, everything in life is writable about if you have the outgoing guts to do it, and the imagination to improvise. The worst enemy to creativity is self-doubt.”― Sylvia Plath
5 Reasons To Start Blogging:
- Share your story – Brené Brown says, “Own the hell out of your story. “Owning our story can be hard but not nearly as difficult as spending our lives running from it. Only when we are brave enough to explore the darkness will we discover the infinite power of our light.”
- Express yourself & Create community – Carmen Stavrositu states, “Diaries are empowering by instilling in writers a strong sense of agency, whereas personal blogs, though still a suitable venue for self-expression, are psychologically empowering mostly by instilling in users a deep sense of community.”
- Expand your mind and improve articulation – “The greatest part of a writer’s time is spent in reading, in order to write; a man will turn over half a library to make one book.” — Samuel Johnson || “You don’t start out writing good stuff. You start out writing crap and thinking it’s good stuff, and then gradually you get better at it. That’s why I say one of the most valuable traits is persistence.” ― Octavia E. Butler
- It takes Courage to write – “One thing that helps is to give myself permission to write badly. I tell myself that I’m going to do my five or 10 pages no matter what, and that I can always tear them up the following morning if I want. I’ll have lost nothing—writing and tearing up five pages would leave me no further behind than if I took the day off.”— Lawrence Block, WD || “Just keep on writing what you need to write, with trust, and faith. Try to let go of attachment to the outcome.” – Mallika Chopra
So I encourage you to start a blog, it doesn’t have to be this space on (WordPress). If you choose WordPress, you can start free here, and upgrade whenever feasible. You can also start free on Instagram (Private or Public), Facebook, Twitter, whatever social platform you choose.
Write it down, let it out, express yourself.
Stavrositu, Carmen, and S.Shyam Sundar. “Blogging vs. Diary-Keeping: Psychological Empowerment.” Conference Papers — International Communication Association, 2009 Annual Meeting 2009, pp. 1–6. EBSCOhost, search.ebscohost.com/login.aspx?direct=true&db=ufh&AN=45285787&site=eds-live&scope=site.