We all go through those rough patches. Sometimes they last just for the day, and other times you feel like you have been stuck in a rut forever. I understand the feeling and have dealt with the “what am I supposed to do” mentality.
People used to tell me that this mentality was half of the battle, but the truth is that changing your feelings about a situation can be very difficult (more difficult for some than others).
Sometimes it helps to just vent a little bit, express your concerns, and let others help you.
This is why blogging as a form of therapy is perfect for someone who needs that extra dose of confidence. In other words, having a successful blog doesn’t have to mean making money.
For those who are unfamiliar, a blog is very much like an online diary except people can read and comment on the blog. Anyone can start a blog by visiting Blogger.com in just a few quick minutes.
You can customize the blog with colors and fonts that fit your personality.
Tips to Blogging Successfully and Getting Back to Being Positive
Blogging can be a great form of therapy for a few reasons:
- It allows you to get your thoughts down on paper, which sometimes helps clear up situations. When you can see your problems laid out side by side, you often feel more at ease and more in control.
- It gives you a chance to reflect on everything that has happened. Too often people don’t stop and think about what it is that is really making them upset.
- Those who follow your blog or visit your blog will be able to give you advice. This advice could potentially come from people across the globe, so you’ll get new perspectives.
Although the benefits are great, there are a few things to remember if you want to be successful. Before you go spilling your heart out, consider some words of advice:
- Too open – There is such a thing as being too open when blogging. It’s okay to get personal, but most people generally want to keep blogs PG and under control. You don’t want to gross readers out or turn readers off. Those thoughts should be kept to a diary. Anything that is going to be shared with a group of people should be shared with the hope that people will want to help.
- Topics – You will want to make sure that the topic of your blog is OK to be seen by others. It can be tempting to vent about your boss, but if you think the message could be relayed back to your boss, it’s better to use a tactic other than blogging to try and solve the problem.
- Frequency – The more often you post on your blog, the better chance you have that people will begin to follow you and your thoughts. Your blog doesn’t always have to be used for therapeutic reasons, but just for fun. Although you will have the occasional bad days, your blog can be about whatever you want.
Many people find that blogging opens up a whole new world of connections with like-minded people. I know that blogging has helped me get through some tough times, and it helped me realize that I’m not the only one who sometimes feels down.
Although getting advice and hearing “it happens to everyone” is OK from your family, it has a bigger affect when you know the person is not trying to spare your feelings.
Have you ever found blogging to be therapeutic? What was your experience?
Amanda DiSilvestro is a writer on topics ranging from social media to phone systems. She writes for an online resource that gives advice on topics including credit card processing to small businesses and entrepreneurs for the leading business directory, Business.com.