Those of you who follow me on Twitter will know that in the short time since I started my blog, I have seen huge benefits in my life.
Today, I want to talk about why I started blogging in the first place, and what I hoped to get out of it.
- To express myself and help myself to process my experiences
In the past, I have struggled to express myself, and this has led to me pushing my memories and emotions to the back of my mind, where they festered then exploded out, causing me pain and suffering. I wanted to give myself an outlet where I could say exactly what I wanted/needed to say, and hopefully process some of the stuff that’s been sitting in my head for too long.
- To solidify and remind myself of the skills I have learnt in my treatment
When I write posts offering advice on dealing with certain situations, the advice I offer is stuff that links back to the skills I have learnt in therapy, and that I have found helpful. Writing it out and passing it onto others helps me to solidify the processes in my head, and also helps me to recognise how many new skills I now have thanks to my treatment and all the hard work I have put into (and continue to put into) my ongoing recovery.
- To help others by using my experiences
Not only is my blog a way for me to help myself solidify the skills I have learnt, but I also started this blog with the aim of sharing these skills and techniques, and talking about how I cope with living with Borderline Personality Disorder, in the hope that it might be useful to someone else going through similar experiences, and also to let them know that they’re not alone.
- To give myself a purpose
Due to being so unwell, my entire life had to be stripped back to the point that I wasn’t doing anything and I had nothing going on in my life apart from my treatment. Since I have somewhat stabilised, I was looking for something I could do that would give me a feeling of purpose and productivity, and a blog seemed like a good option.
- Because I enjoy writing and I think I’m relatively good at it
This one is hard to write because I am notoriously self-critical and refuse to acknowledge that I have any talents or useful proclivities. However, that’s something I’m working on, and part of doing that was starting this blog. I’ve always enjoyed writing, and I think I do an okay job at it (I try, anyway!), so I decided to bite the bullet and start putting myself out there, and start trying to enjoy myself.
To all my blogger friends out there – why did you start blogging? What do you get out of it? Maybe you’re about to start blogging – what do you hope blogging will do for you? Let me know in the comments below!