Psychologists are now weighing in on this new craze of blogging. Some are even advising their patients to start blogging because they see the mental benefits. So the next time someone tells you to get off the computer, tell them it's part of therapy!
Here's portion of a CNN story about a mommy blogger:
Stacey Kim says blogging helps her cope with being a widow and a single mom to twins Riley, and Madeleine. Few, however, questioned why she would share her deepest thoughts and feelings with strangers online. In the age of cyber-voyeurism, the better question might be: Why wouldn't she?
Overeating, alcoholism, depression -- name the problem and you'll find someone's personal blog on the subject. Roughly 12 million Americans have blogs, according to polls by the Pew Internet and American Life Project in 2006, and many seem to use them as a form of group therapy. A 2005 survey by Digital Marketing Services for AOL.com a found nearly half of the 600 people polled derived therapeutic benefits from personal blogging.
For Stacey Kim, a 36-year-old book editor who lives in the Boston suburb of Arlington, Massachusetts, emotional blogging has become a reflex. On April 11, 2007, Kim curled up next to her husband and held him as he succumbed to a long battle with pancreatic cancer. The next morning, she went online to post about the experience. "It cemented the reality that he was gone," Kim says. "I got hundreds of comments back that were all so loving and supportive. It gave me a really tangible sense of community."
She blogs about life as the widowed mother of 22-month-old twins at snickollet.blogspot.com. "Right after he died, people kept asking if I was in therapy," says Kim, "and I'd say, 'No, but I have a blog.'"
One Chicago licensed social worker and therapist in her 50s encourages patients to release bottled emotions through blogging. Leah, who asked that her last name not be used because of the nature of her profession, started EveryoneNeedsTherapy.blogspot.com to share professional insights. Soon, however, she was talking about her own feelings -- and her husband told her it seemed to lift her mood. "It's a form of group therapy," says Leah. "Not only can you express your feelings, but you can get comments, and that creates a dialogue."
I have never been a big computer person. I don't think I really knew what blogging was until a few months ago. This all started for me in January and it has been amazing. I do think it's therapeutic. I now have a journal of what is going on in my kid's lives and a great way to find the "parenting stories" that matter most to me.
Do you have a blog?