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Have you blogged today? A blog about blogging - or Go Get Your Blog On!

Wednesday, January 09, 2013

Today's SparkCoach lesson was about blogging. It discussed the importance of public blogging because blogging - writing it down, getting it out of your head and onto paper or out there in cyberspace somewhere -- keeps you accountable, helps you tap into your feelings, uncovers patterns, provides support and celebrates your success.

I had never blogged before I started at SP. It was weird, awkward to put ME out there. I felt like it was an invasion of my private thoughts. But I did it. And I have to agree with all the above.

I have SOOOOOO appreciated feedback from SparkPeople, people who have become like friends to me. Although I wouldn't know you if I saw you on the street, being able to share the things that are impacting my journey to health, and to get your feedback . . . and in some cases, learn that you're dealing with - or have successfully dealt with it and survived - continues to be such a blessing and encouragement to me.

So, I want to encourage you to GO GET YOUR BLOG ON!

We're all in this together and you just never know who you're going to help today, besides yourself.

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LIFEISPURRFECT 1/10/2013 7:24PM

    You given me a little more encouragement to be more consistent in my blogging efforts. Thanks!

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TRESSWANN 1/10/2013 5:20AM

    I love writing and a blog is just another form of a diary which I've kept since about age 12. The problem is finding the time. Enjoy reading certain blogs too. It's healthy

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SYDLETZIII 1/10/2013 12:43AM

    Blogging is fun. I also have a personal journals that I have been writing in since I was 17 and it is fun to go back and read about my life so very long ago and it give those who follow a solid history of what was happening around me and how I and others in my family interacted.

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BLUE42DOWN 1/9/2013 6:49PM

    Blogging is definitely an amazing thing. I find that it serves several purposes.

Writing something down stops it from running on the little hamster-wheel in the brain and lets me examine it better. I can spend days thinking about something, but once I sit down to write it out, it starts to come together more completely.

Responses from others can give me new perspectives, ideas I hadn't thought of, or just remind me that I'm not anywhere NEAR alone - on this journey or in other ways. In addition, sometimes I've had a response that was completely off-base from what I was trying to say ... BUT I've come to realize that's because we see things from our own experience. An alcoholic would have trouble understanding a blog that mentioned drinking, perhaps seeing their own difficulties and warning against that. Being able to see that broadens my own understanding of others.

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DESERTJULZ 1/9/2013 6:37PM

    Yes! Blogging does help hold us accountable.

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JJAQUES41 1/9/2013 5:07PM

    Blogging is hard for me too. I love reading other blogs and posts, but just have a hard time doing it myself. Maybe if I start small (1 blog/wk) I could manage it.

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WARDMIC78 1/9/2013 4:45PM

    I'm also a first time blogger - but I love it! The whole SP community has already made a huge difference in my journey. You can't always share your ups and downs the same way with friends face-to-face (without feeling judged), SP is a safe place for us to succeed together!

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SLIMMERJESSE 1/9/2013 3:53PM

    I notice that when I stop blogging, it makes a big difference when I just stay inside my head with these topics. Thanks for the reminder.

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BOBBIENORTHERN1 1/9/2013 3:51PM

  blogging is such a biggie with this weight loss journey for me.

I never blogged before sparkpeople neither.

Now I enjoy blogging very much because it does help me so much to get to know "me" better and that is something that we need to do to be able to lose weight.

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LOSINIT52 1/9/2013 3:30PM

    To blog or not to blog. I struggle with that because I know how much I benefit from reading other's blogs and sometimes I think it might be selfish of me not to return the favor. I certainly find the accountability factor is helpful and nothing like a great spark friend to offer encouragement. Food for thought.

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BLESSED2BEME 1/9/2013 3:13PM

    Love it! You are a great blogger here! I love reading about what you share. I agree with you, the feedback & encouragement I've received on my blogs is amazing. I am sad for people who have no one visit their blogs.

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AMARILYNH 1/9/2013 2:50PM

    I'd never blogged before SP either and still tend not to. But thanks for the reminder - I think I need to do more of it!!

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BIGPAWSUP 1/9/2013 2:40PM

    emoticon I wan't much of a blogger before Spark. Now I love reading and writing them. Awesome way to connect!

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KLMEIRING 1/9/2013 2:24PM

    Okay.... I'll consider it.

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WALLAHALLA 1/9/2013 2:12PM

    I couldn't agree more. Blogging and chatting on the message boards is the opportunity to safely late the real me have free reign.

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