I like this topic, it’s made me reflect (not that I don’t reflect daily already). But anyhoo… I think blogging has been really good for me & has helped me in many ways.
It’s helped feel to more comfortable with sharing my voice & opinions with the knowledge that I have no control whatsoever on how the reader interprets me. I’ve always worried more than I should about what others think, I try not to & I don’t want to, but fact is I do. I’m sensitive. I still can worry even on Facebook that a comment I made will be misunderstood & that causes me stress, but blogging is helping reduce that.
Blogging is making me more creative. In September I started doing a photo a day challenge for the local newspaper’s website, I loved it. The topics were easy. In October I’m doing another photo-a-day challenge for mental health month & the word prompts leave more to the imagination. I’m also doing the Blogtober challenge & managing to write every day!! Some of the topics I have read & not liked, but this has made me think outside the square & find an angle I can write from. (Thanks to Alexandra Mucenieks organising Blogtober for us, it was a great idea!). I think all of these challenges have increased my creativity & helped me realise I can fit enjoyable things in, even with a busy little toddler & family. This in turn helps my mental health. As in my description of what My Own Clarity is about, I am always striving for clarity & balance. I think all this creativity is helping me, even more than exercise has in the past. So in a way, it’s keeping me on level ground!
I’ve been blogging since last year, it was a slow start but I always enjoyed it when I managed to get a post-up. The encouragement I’ve received from friends & family has been great. I know it’s a bit to expect them to read all my posts & I try not to feel sad when they don’t. But when people I don’t know read & comment, as is happening with Blotober, I love it. It’s a supportive environment to be in & it’s a lot of fun!