I enjoy blogging as a self-motivational exercise and I love the comments readers give me back. It feels like a connection with others ... and I know I'm not alone.
For me facing struggles with a sense of humor ... is a great survival skill and it has taken me a lifetime to develop
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2,953 8/20/13 5:46 P
I blog because I love to talk......
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I just started on SP recently and I just started the blogging thing. To me it is like a diary I left open on the sidewalk for the world to read, draw pictures on, write in, step on (lol), or whatever because it lets me know about humanity....mainly my own. Plus I just need to get some personal things out there to other people who are sharing one very important common goal with me.
I think that is a nice policy. It let's people know their voices are being heard.
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I totally get that, SWW. I've noticed the same thing. I wish there was a way to tell if anybody else had even visited the blog.
when I read a blog somebody wrote, I leave some type of comment (unless they already have more than a page of comments). Even if it's just an emote, at least they know somebody else read what they wrote.
I really appreciate the blogs of other-people, I sometimes learn things and I always find some inspiration or at least a sense of "i'm not alone out there in this journey" - so I try and "give back" a bit, by putting out some blogs of my own.
Also, I would like to one day have a record of my thoughts-and-feelings-and-struggles-and-ac complishments. We all have our before-during-after PHOTOS; a blog adds a deeper dimension to that only-visual record. Sooooo why don't I just write a private journal? Well, I've never been one to keep a diary or write "for myself" - I always figure why bother, I know what I think, why write it down if it's just "for me" - whereas if I feel like I'm writing "for an audience" (even if I don't know who the audience is, even if nobody ever reads it anyways), I have a "reason" to write it down. It helps me to be able to write AT ALL, to imagine I'm writing "for/to someone." Blogging is just the right sort of psychological push I need to get me to do it.
Also it does feel pretty good when I get a comment saying that I'd "motivated or inspired" someone else. Yeah. That does feel pretty good.
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2,171 5/23/13 11:43 A
I blog my meal plans, and I do it in the hopes that it might help someone find some new recipe ideas, or maybe someone who is new, just to show them that you don't have to give up delicious food to eat healthy.
I blog because I hope that my experience can help someone else.
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Odd as it may seem to some, I blog to get my emotions out of hiding and find that once I've had the courage to tell a complete stranger (or group of in this case) I find it easier to talk to my family about my eating habits and weight concerns.
I blog because I've been a journalist by trade for about 5,000 years and though less active in work spheres these days, I still have the urge to sit and type out all my thoughts and unlike with work, I have fun with doing my weird diet blogs, plus my weight loss and maintenance and fitness journey are very important to me so I take some time to talk about it, although I am trying to cut back on that as truly, I am where I want to be and the big challenge is to stay there forever.
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27,383 5/23/13 11:07 A
Blogging helps to keep me accountable and stay on track.
I am also living with stage IV breast cancer. I hope that by sharing my cancer journey and being honest about it, maybe it will in some small way help someone else going through cancer, and not feel so alone. I hope that what I am going through with disease will not be for nothing, as the kind I have is not curable. I have also met other Sparksters here living with cancer or are cancer survivors, and they have become a strong source of support for me.
I do it for my own journey.. if people wish to comment, that's great! But I don't expect it but its cool when people can relate to what your going through...but instead of the Journal (which is on the forum ) its like a message board and seems to get lost.. with my blogging, everything that I think, that I do, every mess up that I have, frustration or success is in my own words on my page..
I feel the blogging is more personal to myself that everyone as a forum kinda of thing... I do the journal for those times when I have a plateau or if I have a re-occurring situation and I just want to talk about the same thing all the time on the same subject. My blogs are random of all sorts of different things.
Blogging also helps clear my mind when I am thinking doing something bad and it keeps my mind off from doing what I do best.. eating LOL.. its like I am accountable for things that
Edited by: JGIRL5799 at: 5/23/2013 (07:48)
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11,674 5/23/13 6:16 A
That's a good question! I never could figure out why people do it. I've tried it myself a few times and could never get into it.
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286 5/23/13 12:21 A
Most of us at one time or another write a blog here on Spark People. I am wondering why we blog instead of a personal journal entry or some other form of communication. Are we blogging for ourselves? To compete to see how many people we can get to comment on what we write?
Who do you blog for and what do you hope to get from your blogs?
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