Greetings Globlal Geek News fans!
Sorry I haven’t posted a blog in a while, but they will now start appearing on a regular basis, likely daily. Anyway, on to todays topic, blogging!
I came across a story on Scientific American’s website about how blogging is good for you and decided I should give my thoughts on the article. This story is also talked about in the lastest Global Geek News podcast with my co-host Larry and special guest Alana Taylor.
I have been blogging on various topics for a number of years and I must admit, this story came as no real surprise to me. Basically, the article states the various physiological benefits of blogging that seem to be common among most kinds of expressive writing. These benefits include improved memory and sleep, boosts immune cell activity and reduces viral load in AIDS patients, and even speeds healing after surgery. A study in the February issue of the Oncologist reports that cancer patients who engaged in expressive writing just before treatment felt markedly better, mentally and physically, as compared with patients who did not. I honestly don’t find this the least bit suprising.
While I find that not everybody shares my opinion, I usually find blogging to be very therapeutic. There are many times when I find a particular topic or situation on my mind that it helps me express my thoughts and relieve stress by blogging. I find that expressing my thoughts on a blog or service like Twitter is a good way of venting or getting feedback about various situations.
Like most all people, I find it far easier to sleep at night if my mind is not racing about something that happened that day. If I type out my thoughts as they occur to me, I find that it becomes easier to fall asleep and stay asleep at night without as many bizarre dreams (assuming I don’t eat an entire pizza right before going to bed).
I do find it interesting that this has become an area of study and a form of therapy by many hospitals and doctors. The end of the article states that many hospitals have started hosting patient blogs as a form of patient therapy and to allow them to connect with other people who have been through similar experiences.
I believe that the community created by blogs can have a great affect on the blogger and readers alike. The ability to have a medium to interact with others that can relate to the same experience you are having is an amazing value to everybody involved. It is a great thing to know that you are not alone when you have to go through situations such as cancer treatment. By bringing other people into your life through a blog, this is also a way to share ideas with other people as well as open yourself up to a new world of possibilities.
So if you don’t a blog, I recommend you start at least one as you could find great benefits in your life.
Don’t forget to check out the latest Global Geek News podcast with Alana Taylor!
Jeremy “pcnerd37” Bray