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.
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.
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.”