Monday, December 31, 2012
This Year's Experiment
About 6 years ago I discovered blogs, and I absolutely loved the medium. Loved the pictures, the personal touch, and the way I could be connected to real people, not just celebrities.
I started my own blog soon after. Finally at the beginning of last year I decided to give an honest year to it as a business endeavor. To me an "honest year" included posting every day. I'm not sure if that was a good choice or a bad one, but it let me really share a lot.
I had several reasons to really do a lot of blogging. One was business, but the other was a personal scrapbook of our journey/adventure of buying this home and attempting to make it livable. It is definitely that...even though there are lots of detailed projects still to do.
Another reason was as a form of therapy for some intense pain and trauma I had experienced the year before. 2011 was horrible for me. Even in my youth I had never experienced the level of bullying, betrayal and social isolation that I experienced. Oh, and the manipulation into a bad building experience. Thankfully God swooped in and rescued me before it went too far. But knowing it almost/could/did happen caused a host of things I needed to heal from. So I thought this blog could help with that.
Conclusion? Public forums aren't really the best therapy. Face to face time with a counselor is awesome. Talk time with real friends is awesome. Personal spiritual time is awesome. And journaling is one of my favorite helps. But public blogging lacks a little.
So my conclusion for myself, and advice to you if you want some: is keep a personal journal. I've returned to mine the last few weeks and I realized how much it helped me. I keep many of my prayers in there. It's easier sometimes for me to write than try to express those feelings and questions in my head. When I write I can also clearly express the experiences and moments that happen later when my prayers are answered.