Blog | Jan 9, 2013 | 4 Comments

Why Blogging is so Good for You

Writing and maintaining a blog is hard work. Why do it? Here are two writers who have written very different, but equally good, articles on why blogging is good for us all.

Blogging helps your writing

My online friend, Laura Spencer, has a blog called Writing Thoughts and is a regular contributor to the very respected site FreelanceFolder.com. She recently shared The Ten Benefits of Blogging for Writers by Allena Tapia. It’s not just about practicing the craft, Allena writes. It’s also about getting out of your own head (which is where writers tend to live), maturing as a professional, and becoming a better business person, something that many writers find challenging. Her ten benefits?

If you are a budding writer, or you know a writer that doesn’t already have a blog, consider sharing this article with them.

Blogging improves your health

My friend, Lisa, tore a page out of the June 2008 edition of Scientific American and gave it to me. I’ve saved it for four years thinking that I might do something with it some day… The article, entitled “The Healthy Type,” begins with this provocative line:

Self-medication may be the reason the blogosphere has taken off.

It goes on to explain that “besides serving as a stress-coping mechanism, expressive writing produces many physiological benefits. Research shows that it improves memory and sleep, boosts immune cell activity and reduces viral load in AIDS patients, and even speeds healing after surgery.”

Here’s the most interesting thing, though. While writing itself has therapeutic value, one researcher points out that blogging has an extra advantage because it is also social. “Individuals are connecting to one another and witnessing each other’s expressions–the basis for forming community.”

That’s why you, and this blog, are good for my craft and my health.  Do you have a blog or are you thinking of starting one? I’d love to hear more about it.

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Author: Claire Wagner

I'm a seasoned freelance writer/editor and an enthusiastic community manager. I'm passionate about developing and sharing good content.

4 Comments

Next time you get so stressed about the blog you say you want to quit, I am going to remind you about this article. 🙂 I need to get into regular blogging as well.

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Claire Wagner Reply:

@Lauren, I know. It’s not the writing so much as the mechanics and technical aspects. And when I started, I thought coming up with ideas and writing the blogs would be the hardest thing…

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Lauren

1/9/2013

Claire,

Wow, thanks for the shout out. 🙂

I do believe that blogging is good for writers. In general, I usually enjoy writing and blogging.

Also, I recently read a post (I forget where) that stated that the secret to successful blogging is to enjoy it. The premise being that when it become a chore, it will start to show and your posts won’t be as good.

And to think, a generation ago we wouldn’t be having this conversation.

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Claire Wagner Reply:

@Laura Spencer, I think that’s a wise statement. The real chore for me is the maintenance of the blog and plugins. But I am proud of what I’ve learned about WordPress.

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Laura Spencer

1/10/2013

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