I am often told that I have been very brave in sharing my life experiences and their intricate details on a public platform.
When I come to think of it, a smile rises to my lips. Not because I feel proud of being considered brave, but because I started this blog with full realization of this fact.
To me, it is not an act of bravery, but a choice.
A mere choice to include the world in my story.
Even if it means as an audience.
My first post, which is also the about page of my blog talks about the mission of my blog and why I decided to start a personal blog.
Like anyone else I too could keep the dark shades of my personality hidden, I too could never speak of my vulnerabilities, the troubles in my life or even if I would, I could keep the gory details of my divorce, health issues and other personal troubles to my self.
In fact, it’s rather convenient to present only the good, the strong and the rosy aspects of one’s life as is common on the social media networks.
The trouble that kind of blog would pose for me was, I wanted to start writing a daily diary. Something that would register my life as it is in reality.
No hiding the frustrations, no soaking up tears to pose as a strong person, no airbrushed emotions.
I wanted to portray the pain, joy, hurt, bitterness, despair, anger, innocence, everything in its true, unedited form.
I wanted to vent out my emotions through my blog, but at the same time, I wish to come back to these records from time to time to gauge my progress.
I wish to assess where am I heading to in my life, to smile at my changed self and to feel proud to have swum through the rough waters.
This blog is a mission, it holds much deeper meaning in my life than just telling the world what I went through, who I am, what am I made of and what life made me decide to do in my circumstances.
I sincerely wish that by sharing my life-story on a global platform, maybe someone, somewhere, someday will seek inspiration.
It might help someone prevent getting stuck in situations like I have and find better, timely resolution of issues that if overlooked can leave deep, painful scars.
I totally understand how many of my readers feel that I am going through mood swings every now and then. But the reality is, I register all of my negative thoughts so that my journey has all the emotions intact.
It is an attempt at improving my self-awareness by enabling me to see through life more clearly without defying the frustration, humiliation and anger that were once part of my journey.
The world is full of people who take pride in making us feel stupid should we dare to show an emotion other than elation, anger, boisterousness. To shun us on exposing our vulnerabilities.
Letting the world have a clear view of my raw, often unhealed, the sensitive side was laden with a fair share of insecurities.
That icky, picky, strange, panic-inducing feeling.
But…but… but, there is a silver lining to this ordeal.
Showing my true self has opened up a wiiiiiiiiide door for the people to walk in, feel a connect and say,
“You know what?
I too have been there, felt that.”
The first step towards healing is the understanding of your position in life. Acceptance of one’s situation as it is without any form of manipulation marks the beginning of where things can only get better.
My blog is that starting point.
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How My Personal Blog Has Changed My Life For The Better:
♥ Writing a personal blog is cathartic. It has gifted me a safe, release valve for the many stresses in my life.
♥ Writing regularly has helped me record so many memories in words that I can conveniently revisit, relive and reassess at whim. Writing honestly about my life helped keep my creative juices flowing while keeping me observant of the minutest of details.
♥ Writing a personal blog has helped me build a close-knit community of readers some of whom are now my closest friends. It has been a beautiful journey of connecting with people who share my view of life and can feel a connection based on our beliefs.
♥ Regular writing has immensely helped me to process and communicate complex ideas effectively. My personal blog has added to the depth of my life and has redefined my perspective.
♥ A personal blog has helped me reap the mental, emotional and creative benefits of regular writing. I often don’t know what I think, what are my goals in life, until I read it written on my blog.
♥ My personal blog has helped me survive a difficult divorce, depression, stresses of being a single parent and the many life and health challenges life sent my way by connecting me with people from around the world. I feel grateful to be connected with like-minded people who share similar life experiences and perspectives through my blog.
♥ My blog helps me keep a track record of my successes and failures, that help me grow, reflect and most importantly serve as a record in the dullest moments of my life when I desperately need motivation.
♥ This blog is a step forward in my mission of sharing my story with the world in the hope that I can save someone from suffering the emotional traumas I suffered in my life.
♥ My blog has kept me accountable. Whenever the going got tough and I couldn’t foresee where I was headed, sharing my story on the blog has helped me find the pieces of the puzzle with the immense support and insights shared by the growing community of my blog readers. This community has helped me stay accountable and to evolve as a warrior from the worrier I have always been.
♥ My personal blog has helped hone my hobbies and interests. Be it cooking, photography or creative writing, I have had the opportunity to refine each of these with every post I wrote featuring them on my blog.
♥ My personal blog has helped me create a personal brand (well, sort of) and given my writing an exposure that landed me with a number of amazing paid writing opportunities.
♥ My personal blog has helped me connect with the people who’ve had weight issues and wanted to transform their life by losing weight. I write about my weight loss transformation and I’m on a mission to help everyone take ownership of their weight loss like me through my FREE Weight Loss Ownership course.
Through this personal blog, I am trying my bit to be honest and open to my own-self by writing about my life, freely and truly.
I’m at work knocking down those massive walls built by my mind that once blocked help, support and kindness from reaching me.
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49 thoughts on “Why I blog about my personal life”
Inspiration – you truly are ME and its a wonderful mission that you have begun which is going to make the journey till there very interesting!
“acceptance is the first step towards healing” – very true.. And I really really appreciate the initiative of blogging down your own feelings that helps in great way for analyze self at times when you are in doubt.. we all are with you.. tight hugs..
Thank you for being there Ani 🙂
You are a great inspiration ME… and I loved your quote – true indeed and not many understand this.
Thank you GB 😀
Of course you are an inspiration to all ME.
Let me tell you one single thing dear – You rock. Yes, you do. Loads of love and hugs to you 🙂
Hugs Dear 😀
1stly this is your blog and you should not justify what you write here, ok?
2ndly I can totally understand what you are saying! There are times when you have so much to say but we don’t have the guts to talk it out because we are scared the details might hurt somebody or might sadden also and in such times writing comes to our rescue. We can pour ourselves here and feel relieved!!!
So keep writing and keep pouring out the sadness, I am sure that the day is not far when we will be listening much happy incidents from you and will also see you getting to your normal self 🙂
I actually wrote this post to answer the one question almost every e-mail I receive asks me in one form or the other, “Don’t you feel worried about sharing your personal life publicly?”
I absolutely agree on the magical healing powers blogging possesses and the awesome blog buddies we make over the time 😀
Hugs Smita…thank you for being there, I need a reality check from time to time 😀
They do say Acceptance and then talking about is the first step to change
Well…I personally think you are a very brave person..thats all I have to say 🙂
and oh…hugs to Pari 🙂
Hugs from Pari and myself 🙂
I feel it takes a lot of guts to do what you are doing. And I hope you continue in the future too. You dont realise but you are actually helping a lot of people along the way 🙂
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I too hope the same 🙂
Blogging is the magical way of healing one’s ownself while helping others at the same time 🙂
ME…strong Girl…your blog gives me stength
Blogging has given us the platform to scribble down whatever is our heart & mind….I love reading your posts…love to U & Pari 🙂
Love and hugs to you and Mishti 😀
How is it that you like the same songs and the exact lines that I do … but I guess they are all good songs and must be on fav. list of most people. I like the mission of your blog.
I couldn’t agree with you thoughts here more. I often think, privacy is over rated. The more open we are the more clear conscious we would have.
You are so right, privacy is indeed over-rated 🙂
Hugs Tanvi..let’s enjoy our similarities and learn from our differences 😀
And, that is brave. I personally would not be able to do that, but you do what you are comfortable with.
Welcome to my blog Rachna 🙂
Thank you for your kind words
I am glad you decided to blog about your experiences. I think blogging is a great medium to vent, share and interact without being judged. I think many of your readers including me already seek inspiration from you for being a such a courageous and positive person 🙂
hugs lifesong 🙂
Writing shows a way to the confused self…and written words have mopre impact. When i read some of the poems which i wrote years back, i wonder hiow did a particular thought came…and those words comfort me now.
Keep sharing Era, sharing one’s sorrow and tensions will make the journey easy:)
HUGS and muahhh to Pari
Anything that brings a smile on our face and makes us feel more confident about facing life’s trials and tribulations – anything like that is to be pursued and encouraged. Cheers, ME. 🙂
thank you Debo 😀
Hugs dear!! I think you are doing awesome writing these, first of all when you write you will be clear with your thoughts. Later you can come back and see how far you have come along. Take care!!
You are right LF
I just started a blog a couple weeks ago with much the same intent and purpose. I’m looking for other people who are doing the same. I have a feeling the mutual support will be essential. Thank you for being you. In my opinion, not enough people are doing that.
Welcome to my blog lefreakshow
I just read this and was very impressed. I am inspired to begin blogging more openly as well. Thank you for sharing this. Inspiring.
Thank you L 🙂
Hope to hear more from you !!
Hey I love your blog and the authenticity in your tone its awesome I also made a life blog from reading all these awesome blogs 🙂
Welcome to my space Denny 🙂
Am glad you enjoyed reading my blog
For me, it’s a lot like undressing in public, asking people to understand the scars I bare and to appreciate their stories. But more importantly, it’s cathartic for me, it helps me accept the scars and feel that I earned them.
Nice article, by the way. I hope I can write more often.
Welcome to my blog Joseph 🙂
Writing is cathartic & I wholeheartedly agree on that 🙂
Hope to hear more from you!!
This is exactly why I started my personal blog. I wanted people to really know me, and writing my experiences down was the best way to do just that. That Girl Rika
I just wanted to say that I write for the same reasons and having stumbled upon your beautiful blog tonight makes me feel really happy. Reading this post felt like a good coffee on a cozy winter morning. I like your honest, simple and beautiful style and am looking forward to reading your blog posts.
Just if you like, my blog is called Walk With Me 36. I’d be honored but maybe you are like me: I enjoy writing but I don’t often read other people’s blogs. 🙂
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Welcome to my online abode Seval 🙂
Thank you for the warm note and I’d be glad to check out your blog soon.
Looking forward to hearing more from you in the future!
Acceptance truly is the first step to healing. Not sweeping negative emotions under the carpet, examining them and learning from all that life throws at you are the only way to grow and evolve.
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You’re right MG 🙂
We all go through a reflective phase in life, especially when recuperating after a setback. But choosing to share your reflective journey or what made you embark on one in the first place is totally a personal choice. I chose to write it all publicly to connect with anyone to whom my line of thoughts/ experiences could make sense. Though everyone doesn’t do that.
Hey Era, We have same expectations from our respective Blogs- a journey to know self better. I can certainly say- More I express and open myself, more i get to understand myself better. Happy to find you.You are right, its hard to show up a dark side but I still do it.
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Welcome to my blog Upasna 🙂
Thank you for sharing your perspective about personal blogging. I agree, we grow each time we share our personal life on a global platform and are enriched by the experiences of others. Glad to connect with you. Hopping over to your blog right away 🙂
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Era, I was feeling absolutely low today when I chanced upon this link on Twitter…I am feeling better after reading through this post. I tend to express myself through poetry and it feels much better…a catharsis of sorts..that’s I tend to do on my blog too..
Sometimes I feel that I am scared to be free…afraid of what lies on the other side of the threshold called ‘freedom’….anyways…loved reading your post!
I know that fear, have encountered it many times. And I can safely say, am not over it yet.
Am glad my post helped you feel better.
Hope you have a fantastic week ahead!
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And you are very much keeping the record even after 6 years…very much appreciated. There is no doubt about what you’ve written…you can’t measure and improve upon something you aren’t aware of.
Btw, read ‘The three signs of a miserable job’ if you can…a wonderful book on this concept.
Thank you Alok for the book recommendation. I’ll surely check it out 😊
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