Blogging, it has been around for quite a while now, a short writings from a day in the life, or something of interest, of a particular person. You may think of something like Star Trek and ‘captains log’, at the end of each episode Captain Kirk would discuss his days activity , the things he had encountered and aliens he had made contact with. We each go through our own daily journeys, even if it is just getting out of bed and having a shower, that can be an epic journey when you are severely depressed but the fact you pushed yourself through your thoughts and feelings is an adventure in itself. In this blog post we discuss why you should think about a blogging adventure, how to get started and how to get involved with the community.
Why should I start blogging?
Blogging is a creative process, it is taking your thoughts and feelings and turning them into ‘things’ from writings, poetry, muses, sketches, audio or whatever it is you feel expresses your experience clearly. By blogging you are taking a thought that may be causing you bother and removing it from your mind and onto a screen. The act of writing down what you are feeling or experiencing can be therapeutic to you as you de-clutter and empty your mind.
The next part of blogging that can also feel of great benefit is when others can relate to your story, read your blogs, comment on your stories or even share it with their community. Knowing you might be making a positive impact to others is one of the greatest therapeutic experiences most people can have and a fundamental reason I believe everyone , both the challenged and the not so, can and would benefit from blogging.
Of course, you must be aware that there are people that just like to upset people and will comment negatively occasionally but the best way to deal with those people is to ignore them. People that feel they want to hurt someone else do so because of negative emotions and they want attention so ignoring them is the best way forward.
Do not be afraid of blogging
Now I know you may be scared of what others think, it is a natural reaction, what will people think if I put this out there or what if someone I know finds this online, what will they think of me? Will I shame myself? Will I make a fool of myself? This is common reaction to most new things ( anyone who is ever tried to learn to draw has always said ‘I can’t do it ) we tell ourselves we can’t to protect ourselves from hurt but if we stop that negative self doubt we CAN do it and we CAN make a positive contribution to others.
How do I get started blogging?
There are several completely free ways to start blogging. Firstly, you can use free blogging platforms and here are a few for you to look at : –
Each one of these websites will allow you to blog for FREE about any topic you want. Alternatively, if you want to feel protected as you start to express yourself and not risk seeing negative comments to your posts then there are several websites that offer the opportunity to guess blog for free (including this website! We want people to share their story and how they are finding hope and therapy that is working for them). There are also other charities like time to talk that also offer the opportunity to share a story with their community.
Getting involved in the blogging community
Next, to really benefit from blogging and get people reading your blogs people need to know it exists so there is several things you can do to build your blogging community that I recommend.
Build your social following by following others with similar thoughts and interests on Twitter and Facebook.
Comment on other people’s blogs with a link back to your own blogs.
Build a Gravatar account (very simple ) and this will include details of who you are and your url to the blog.
Why eveyone should start blogging?
Everyone should start blogging for many reasons but first and foremost it can improve your mental health and relieve a bit of pressure from your mind. Secondly I believe everyone should blog because it can help connect you to like minds and help others who may be further down their own journey than you currently are and knowing you are positively impacting others also provides you with some therapeutic benefit and lastly it can help you make on and offline friends. Since I started blogging properly on Battle of Mind I have met several therapists from London to Vancouver in Canada and I have also met fantastic people who struggle through difficulties but find the strength to carry on and are incredible people to keep going with what they have experienced and continue to do so.
So to conclude, blogging is fantastic, clears your mind, connects you and helps others. Three things that make life that bit more worthwhile :). If you would like to blog please contact us on the guest blog page and we will be pleased to welcome you on board.
Do you have a blog already? Please share the url in the comment box below, we welcome bloggers from around the world.