I love to write. Since I was a little girl growing up in the mountains of WV. I woud take my notebook and go sit in the woods for hours and write. I have since then journaled most of my life situations. I write because it’s what I do. It’s how I connect with myself and experience my feelings. Writing allows me to feel my feelings , without guilt.
Since that time I have been in several different places in life. I moved through seperation, divorce, moving, changing professions a couple of times, and starting a spiritual path. I have found myself accelerating on life’s highway. I am changing everyday. Often people love me even as I evolve and change, but often people want me to stay and not change, not grow and not live life to MY fullest potential. Sometimes I don’t know how I feel about that until… I WRITE about it.
What I do know, IS… If I don’t write my feelings I carry them and that just sucks.
For those of you who have a blog, do you blog about all of your experiences good and bad, or do you just wear your positive face for your readers? Do you exaggerate the truth sometimes to make your life seem more interesting, either good or bad? Do you have a written journal too where you write things that are private or do you wear your life on your blog?
Reasons for blogging….
Number 10: It helps develop better writing habits. The more often you make time to put words down, the more often you will make time to put words down. Don’t wait for some Big Project, just sit down with pen and notebook and let fly with the words.
Number 9: It helps you find your voice. Writers are obsessed with discovering, developing, and refining “voice.” When you lift the expectations and just write as who you are, your unique voice will come out naturally.
Number 8: It clears your mind. Write your morning pages. The method involves writing for a bit first thing each morning. The purpose is to clear your mind of any clutter that might clog up your creative process. Putting thoughts on paper, frees up space in your mind for the task at hand.You can set your writing tone for the day.
Number 7: It saves relationships. A journal is an excellent place to blow off steam without the risk of saying something in haste that you won’t be able to retract later. Angry at your lover? Write it down. Hating your job? Write it down. Have a secret crush on the boy next door? Well … you get the idea.However, if your blog readers are also your real world aquaintances that makes it a bit more difficult unless you are really brave.
Number 6: It brings you closer to perfect. In his book Outliers, Malcolm Gladwell says that to be an expert at something, you must invest at least 10,000 hours in practice. The hours you spend journaling count. Start logging pen time today. It may not be your goal to be an expert blogger. That is fine also, but know where you stand on the subject and know that you have feet that can move and your opinions may change as well.
Number 5: It improves your health. There have been a number of studies that demonstrate how people who write about their feelings (good and, especially bad) have less stress and stronger immune systems. It’s not surprising – keeping things bottled up inside is a recipe for disaster while learning about yourself is a good bet for increasing well-being and confidence. People often ask why share the bad? We are human beings and life happens in balance good, and bad.
Number 4: It creates a vast personal archive. Much of what I’ve written in my journals is unfit to be read, even by me. Still, there are also many ideas and snippets that could inspire stories or articles. I’ve even included life exercises in my journals – like how to purge negativity.
Number 3: It delivers gems. I can’t tell you how many times I’ve gone back to re-read a passage and thought, “Damn! Did I write that? It’s pretty good!” When you free up your creative self and make the commitment to be completely honest and uncensored, good stuff is bound to come up. The diamonds will be buried amidst tons of rubble, but they will be there.
Number 2: It flushes out the crap. We all write crap. We all do. It’s part of the process. Journaling is the fastest, easiest way to get more of your crap onto the page so you can get on with the business of writing your best stuff.
Number 1: It alleviates the pressure to be “good.” Journaling frees you write with joy, abandon, and unbridled creativity. Writers are often hog tied by their own stress about living up to some manufactured standard. It paralyzes and stunts – sucking all the life out of our writing, leaving us with a diluted version that is limp and colorless and completely lacking in inspiration. A journal gives you permission to write without any fears, without editing, without any “shoulds.” It lets you “just” write. What a gift.
So give yourself the gift of freedom today… Free yourself of expectations and just write.