Years ago I didn’t understand why anyone would want to blog. I mean, why share the sordid details of one’s private life with the public? A private journal is good enough, I thought.
I fell into blogging accidentally.
A local, large-circulation newspaper wanted me to write a medical advocacy column. That’s when I realized I could have some influence in the public arena, and I was eager to share my thoughts in a newspaper, even though I wouldn’t get paid.
Then the deal fell through.
Apparently, newspaper staff couldn’t agree on whether there should be such a column. I was disappointed, as I was now ready to share my advice with the public. Then it occurred to me: I could still have a “column,” but a virtual one, and I would have complete control over its content. So I started blogging, initially referring to my posts as blog-columns.
As time went on, my blog evolved — from columnlike advice to sharing my personal breast cancer experiences.
Having gone through breast cancer and treatments had done its collateral damage — physically, emotionally, and spiritually. Blogging was a healthy way to sort out the collateral damage and process the trauma that is breast cancer.
Turns out, becoming a blogger was one of the best decisions I’ve made.
When a person is going through cancer — or any medical crisis for that matter — the world turns upside down. And it’s difficult to make sense out of life. One of my biggest issues was that I felt like I didn’t have a voice while going through diagnosis and treatment. Doctors and nurses would tell me when and what my treatment would be, and I felt I had no choice on how to live my life.
Survivorship and body image issues also plagued me, and writing about them helped me sort through the trauma.
Blogging helps me in so many ways. It is cathartic and liberating — I express my views and lend voice to the breast cancer experience. Writing in the public arena surely makes up for all those times I felt voiceless.
And, equally fulfilling, I found a community of individuals who also write — for a variety of reasons, but we all have one thing in common: we feel the need to express ourselves. When I first started blogging, I never imagined how many blogging friends I would have and how my posts would resonate with many people.
Being a blogger means being part of a community. And who needs a sense of community and voice more than those who have/have had devastating illnesses?
We experience sadness collectively.
We celebrate collectively.
I am so glad I found my way into the blogosphere.
Blogging is cathartic.
Blogging is healing.
Blogging can be something you can do, as well.
How About You?
The wonderful thing about writing is that anyone can do it. You do not need to be a trained writer or have a resume of publications to start a blog.
Truth is, anyone who writes is a writer.
If you’re curious about blogging, why not try it? And if you are interested in this form of expression, guidance is available. Starting in March, a free, 4-week, online course on blogging will be offered. In fact, educator and blogger Rebecca Hogue will be facilitating this course, and I and several other bloggers will be mentors.
It is a great honor to be a mentor, and I look forward to helping beginning bloggers.
The course will also be offered other months, too, in case March doesn’t work for you.
To sign up for the course, click here.
Are you considering blogging?
Have you started a blog? If so, feel free to include the link to your blog in the comments section.
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