January 27, 2015

Why I blog

The question of what I got my degree in rarely - if ever - comes up. I don't generally offer that information off hand because it's a conversation killer.

"What's your degree in?" 

"Psychology."

end.of.conversation.

And I get it......kind of.....no...not really. I don't get it - because I did go to school and study for four years, and I did in fact learn something during that time. I just didn't learn something quite as tangible as people would prefer. And while I'm not making any money with my degree, I couldn't tell you the amount of countless daily decisions I make that lead back to those four years of studying. So - it really is a valid degree.

Anyway, that's not what I meant to say, but all that rant TO say...

I majored in psychology. And I'm still a total psychology nerd. I love reading articles that dabble in the field, and I often refrain myself from posting every single one on facebook. And I love Inception and would watch it a thousand times because, psychologically, it's a brilliant movie.

Etc. etc. etc. You get the point.

 Anyway. In my article reading I stumbled upon this interesting piece from a while back, and when I read it, I immediately realized it explains exactly why I blog. 

And in case you didn't feel very inclined to click on that little link - I've got you covered. Essentially it talks about how expressive writing has an immense positive impact on your daily life. It helps you process day to day dealings, so your mind, heart, or psyche if you will, doesn't hang onto them. You work through things by writing them out - even simple things - and it helps you better process situations in life, both past and future. Not to mention, as a result of being emotionally helpful, it consequently has huge health benefits.

I think blogging, at least my blogging, can easily be placed in the category of "expressive writing." I mean - minimal editing, run on and fragmented sentences, and yes, an attempt at expression.

I do blog because in some senses I see it as a modern day "baby book" - little stories and pictures the kids can look at later and get a glimpse of their early years. And I've surprisingly found it's an easy way to stay in touch with people. It's so much easier to randomly comment or message someone when you semi-know what's going on in their lives.

But all that aside, I really do blog for myself.

Blogging allows me to sit down after a crappy, chaotic day and laugh about the absurdities of living with small children. It lets me think about the hard moments of raising kids, and instead of being frustrated, I am able to better frame my thinking. And the next time I hit one of those hard moments, yesterdays re-framing helps me make better choices in that critical instant. And for the days I don't have a listening ear to talk things out to - I have this blog. And I can write to my hearts content. And some days I hit publish, and some days I don't. But I always seem to sleep a little easier.

And I admit, sometimes it's incredibly embarrassing to go back and read old posts. I instantly become genuinely mortified that anyone reads this. But I realize that that was life, and I'm glad I wrote about it. And I hope to guard that same freedom that allowed me to write then, so that I don't limit myself in what I write now - like this dismal post on "why I blog."

It seems absurd - even to me. If I really think about blogging, I think it's a really ridiculous thing. But I do it for me, and it really makes a difference. So I'm going to keep on keeping on.

And for whatever it's worth, I'm glad you're reading. It helps keep me somewhat in line. ;)

2 comments:

  1. So glad to know that expressive writing is a positive outlet for you, as it is for me (and I'm sure many others)!

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  2. I love this. And I'm so glad you blog!

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