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WHY BLOG? CAN IT SAVE YOUR LIFE?

Written By C Thehappymeerkat

Why do people start blogging? And what do they get out of the experience? Everyone will give you a different answer, from having a voice to being part of a community. But what if the simple act of writing some blog posts could do more than just be an outlet for someone’s opinions? More than entertain those who read it? What if blogging gave back someone’s life?

There are many different reasons to start blogging, mine wasn’t even to start a blog. I’d been through a horrible time in my life, had to move home quickly after going through a traumatic event and my whole life was a mess. I was a mess. With depression and anxiety eating away at me I cared little about myself or my life. I started writing reviews on Amazon UK, it was out of boredom more than anything else and as I wrote, I could forget, for a time, what had happened. After a while I created my website as a place to put a copy of all the reviews I’d written, in case they were ever lost or deleted. I never expected someone to visit the site and i didn’t even know what a blog was (compared to a website) or even how to do it!

Of course like most people I eventually tried my hand at posting something. My first blog posts were nothing but me talking to myself about finishing my website, but after a few bad attempts I tried posting something that I wanted people to know, nothing more than recommending a book I’d read on depression. Instantly people ‘liked’ and ‘followed’ me. It was a bizarre feeling. Somebody out there wanted to read my words…My words, the words of somebody insignificant, somebody who barely cared for her own life.

I tried posting another book recommendation/review, yet more ‘likes’ and ‘follows’. And this time I even got talking to somebody about the books and my review. This person became a good online friend and to this day we keep in touch. These new friends and the mere fact my blog posts were even noticed was an instant boost to my own self confidence. I had been so depressed, felt so useless, now that people were liking and even talking to me about my reviews I felt like a spark of me had returned. I was smiling more in those few first weeks than I had done the whole year before.

After some time of reviewing random things I felt a love of books return. I’d always loved reading books but had stopped reading more than a handful a year since the trauma. People enjoyed my reviews and though I didn’t know it yet, something else was brewing inside me. Through blogging about books, and the more life went on, the more set I’ve been in book blogging/reviewing, I’ve met so many book lovers and a LOT of writers. I learned about this whole community of indie authors and have been amazed just how many proffesionally written and professionally looking books there are. I had no idea the indie community was so big.

All these people whether readers, writers or well anyone helped me gain confidence in myself. For the first time since years ago I even started writing poetry which was very well received! All this was still odd to me, it felt so alien, so strange to have people say kind words, praise my work. I’ll tell you why…

My confidence in my own writing ability had been shattered since high school. The teachers themselves telling me I was no good. So bad was their criticism that a piece of me died in that school. The fun loving girl who had been shy but confident in her own creativity, the girl who had written stories, poems and even plays since she was young had disappeared. She had crawled into a tiny hole in my soul and I thought she was gone forever. I thought I would never write another thing again. I thought everything I wrote was rubbish, stupid, that people would laugh at and not be touched by my words. But that’s not the case anymore.

Through meeting a community of like minded people, being given compliments about my writing and talking to many authors who have become friends, I’ve found that part of me I thought was lost forever. Apart from the reviews which I still write to this day I gained the confidence to write poetry, and not any poetry but tough and dark poems, ones from my soul. And now something else has happened, a new (or maybe that should be old) love has come. A love and desire to write fiction, something which I did long before I wrote poems and something which I’ve been afraid to ever do since my teens. But I’m not afraid anymore, at least I’m not afraid of trying. Whether what I write sounds good or reads like gobbledigook, it doesn’t matter. The point is I am now doing it, I now have that confidence back.

So although I still wonder why so many people enjoy my writing, I’m truly amazed and surprised every time somebody compliments it (perhaps my confidence is still not all there), I am writing, creatively, because it’s something I want to do, something I’ve always wanted to do and something I never would have done had I not met some amazing people. And I never would have met them without starting a blog. So when asked why did I start blogging, the answer is a simple one, because I wanted to share a book I enjoyed with others out there. When asked what do I get out of blogging, the answer is simple: I got my life back.

So why do you blog?  Has it helped you connect with a part of yourself?  Let me know 🙂

And if you’d like to visit my blog and see how far I’ve come in just 8 months (yes only 8 months) :https://happymeerkatreviews.wordpress.com/

[This article can also be found on MyTrendingStories.]

Author:

Just a regular guy who wants to try to make a difference in the world for the better. You can read all about me here: https://projectbiy.com/about-benjamin/ Thank you for taking your time to check out my profile. Hope to talk to you soon!

9 thoughts on “WHY BLOG? CAN IT SAVE YOUR LIFE?

    1. Tis’ true 🙂

      She’s not the only one I know, which blogging have helped in improving lives for the better and that’s just awesome.

      Even for myself, I’ve met a number of awesome friends through blogging!

      How about yourself bud? Perhaps you’ve got a reason/story which got you blogging in the first place as well?
      And maybe it changed something in your life as well? 😉

      Your pal,
      Benjamin

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  1. Blogging has been an outlet for me to clear my mind. Instead of being vent up on something, after writing..er…typing away, I can form my thoughts better and really dig into what really ticked me off.
    Part of reason why I chose WordPress instead of going about the usual route of FB/Twitter is that there’s less trolls. I love the way that we are articulate and respect each other’s comments. It’s getting more difficult to find such communicative outlets (you try talking with a neighbor who refuses to acknowledge you as a decent human being…).
    Blogging has also become a way for me to really see what my true passion is. For some people, blogging itself is a passion. For me, blogging is a way for me to dig into my soul. Obviously, if I take the time and effort to write and publish something, that topic has some importance to me. I’m hoping that continuously blogging will help me determine what my true passion is and design my career track based off on that.

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    1. Indeed! Glad to know that you’re also enjoying your time here on WP 😉

      Personally, along with other blogger pals, I definitely see WP as the best community for bloggers considering how there’s actually one where writers DO respect each other as you’ve said and at the same time, show appreciation!

      The fact that it’s getting harder to find nice and genuine people out there is precisely why I started Project Believe In Yourself.

      It’s made for lots of reason if you’ve read our mission and one of them is to create a community where genuine and nice people can gather to make a difference together in each others’ lives.

      Imagine what if we can have friends, who are like family, supporting us and/or watching over our progress in life, able to be around to give advises or opinions on doubts which you may have in life- All these, imagine that it can be found in one place!

      That’s why PBIY was set up and from the sound of it, I feel that you are possibly a “Believer” of our project as well. One who believes that such a vision can be made a reality.

      Which is why I’d like to invite you to join our community! What do you say?

      Are you in- Join our cause in making this mission a reality?

      Your pal,
      Benjamin

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      1. Awesome! Glad to hear it 🙂

        But before we proceed, I’d like to ask something off you and that is when you are available- Will you kindly send an email to me at doubleyourpresence@gmail.com

        And title it “Join PBIY”? The purpose of this is to confirm that you do wish to join us and your name and blog will be added into the members’ list in future when it is up!

        At the same time, we can talk a little more as well on the next step on how you can contribute if you’d like to do more with and for the community 🙂

        Feel free to pin up our badge after you send us an email btw! You’ve already been pre-approved and this email will be the final step!

        Hope to hear from you soon!

        Your pal,
        Benjamin
        http://www.projectbiy.com

        P.S. if I don’t respond to your email in the next 30 minutes, it means I’ve gone to bed. It’s currently near 2am now lol but I will respond to it asap, promise!

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