As much as I love reading, I also love writing, either in piece of short stories (I did many of these especially in my junior high), short articles or testimonies at church bulletins (I’m wondering why now they don’t distribute any bulletins anymore?), web articles and blog (when I worked as a copywriter in game industry), newsletter and formal letters (in my latest job in retail industry before I moved to Melbourne. This wasn’t in my early job desc when I first joined the company, but God is so good, no matter where I am, seem like there’s always an opportunity for me to channel my passion in writing ), and the most enjoyable is indeed writing this blog as well as my own journal in the secret of my drawer.
I won’t lie, I’m very happy if someone drops a comment or see a particular post hit high views, and I wish the readers would be adding substantially now that I have been writing more often. My greatest pleasure is if people or friends I know letting me know that they enjoy reading my blog and are blessed or simply think “I’m not alone” when they can relate with a particular post I write.
On the other hand, I sometimes feel discouraged if I feel like “I’m writing this blog all alone” (no comments for a while or very low views). However, after thinking logically, this blog is intended for a tool to bless others globally, plus first and the foremost reason I write is because it is my passion! So, whenever I feel discouraged or feel like “is there anybody who actually read this blog? (‘read’ as in not just ‘passing through’)”, I come back and remember this reason again. The result? I don’t even bother again. My purpose writing this blog is not to become popular in eyes of men but because of this, I wasn’t convicted to be famous.
I love writing this blog because I have passion for writing (with limited ability writing in non-primary language) and especially in my full time motherhood life now where I get the chance to write more often, I feel “closer” to this blog just like being closer and more connected to a person.
Anyway, science has also proof that writing journal has many health benefits as following:
- Clarify your thoughts and feelings.
Do you ever seem all jumbled up inside, unsure of what you want or feel? Taking a few minutes to jot down your thoughts and emotions (no editing!) will quickly get you in touch with your internal world.
- Know yourself better.
By writing routinely you will get to know what makes you feel happy and confident. You will also become clear about situations and people who are toxic for you — important information for your emotional well-being.
- Reduce stress.
Writing about anger, sadness and other painful emotions helps to release the intensity of these feelings. By doing so you will feel calmer and better able to stay in the present.
- Solve problems more effectively.
Typically we problem solve from a left-brained, analytical perspective. But sometimes the answer can only be found by engaging right-brained creativity and intuition. Writing unlocks these other capabilities, and affords the opportunity for unexpected solutions to seemingly unsolvable problems.
- Resolve disagreements with others.
Writing about misunderstandings rather than stewing over them will help you to understand another’s point of view. And you just may come up with a sensible resolution to the conflict.
I can really assure you that I have gained all of those benefits from writing my journal since I was in elementary school 😉
For those of you who may think similarly (am I wasting time writing for nothing), the answer is “no“. Remember your very first reason when setting up your own blog (most often that is an honest, accountable reason which serves as your “mission statement”). Plus, at least you may have gained the above benefits for your own goodness sake.