Blogging is all about self expression

Whenever I hear about people who have blogs and have made it onto local television to speak about their lives, the reason why they have set one up is to either keep a record of what they have gone through, or as a medium for self expression to get them through their trauma.

In a way it is a method of communicating with your readers (or anybody who happens to come across it) everything you need to get off your chest. It can be a great release to be able to ‘dump’ your ideas, rid yourself of the stresses and strains that would block up your psyche, or describe an area that requires explaining.

I remember when I was going through a period of withdrawal some three years ago when I quit my first business, I was desperate to write about it in my blog. My posts were described as ‘sad’ by those who read them, but unfortunately my new boss found out and forbid me to write such stuff (not to mention use social media) as she didn’t think it was healthy.

As a result it took me much longer to get over this transition, as it would have allowed me to explore what I was going through and to analyse the changes and new stuff I was learning. In fact I went through a large period of education, and I disguised this by using my other blog as a vehicle for my revision. The posts were stilted and academic, not how I should have been writing them at the time.

Posts like these will become more readable if the writer is allowed to explore their self expression as if they were having therapy with the reader. It’s a bit like lying back on the couch and letting is all spill out (though obviously tears, swear words and violence is not advisable), totally against the British ‘stiff upper lip’ idea we were all taught to do in the past. Blocking it off and stifling your emotions will not create a good post, but with a good rant it is always wise to write it first and save it in draft, then go away and do something totally different before coming back to edit and publish it.

In this year of not being forced into search engine restrictions, we can loosen our inhibitions and really let our hair down. Now’s a chance to really write! Tell the world what you really think, what your readers should think and what you would like everybody to think. Throw off the straight-jacket of literature conventions and spill out your emotions – except that, of course, a blog is a public vehicle (unless you make it private) that anyone can read, so a thick skin or carefree attitude may be required to cope with what others think of what you say.

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Alice Elliott writes the award winning Fairy Blog Mother blog for beginner and post-beginner bloggers to “explain things really simply” about blogging and WordPress. She provides simple, easy to understand, highly visual courses and tutorials using ordinary, everyday words. Visit her new Beginner Bloggers blog to find her latest learning resources.