Friday, January 6, 2012

Blogging


A study by the American Psychological Association found that blogging is good for teens.  It improves their self-esteem and helps them psychologically.  You can read about it here.

This makes perfect sense.  We all benefit from positive feedback, especially young people who are insecure about their place in society.  I'm glad they have blogging available to them.

When I was young, blogging wasn't available because the Internet didn't exist because computers hadn't been invented and electricity hadn't been discovered yet.  All we had for communication was shouting at each other and drawing on cave-walls.

Has blogging helped you feel better about yourself?

19 comments:

  1. You know I've just come back from a near three-month hiatus from blogging. For much of my time away, I was down in the dumps about something I felt I couldn't share with my readers, but once I did, I found myself wondering if I would have been so blue if I had shared it.

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  2. Blogging about fashion has made me feel like myself and that I haven't loose who I am when I became a mom.
    So, yes! :)
    Daphne.
    http://fashiondivamommy.blogspot.com

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  3. Blogging has made me more creative, something that doesn't come naturally to me. I was also terribly camera shy, but blogging has really helped here. Happy weekend Ally xoxo
    http://www.intotheblonde.com/

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  4. I have never been very good at keeping a journal so blogging has definitely helped there ~ It feels like an on-line diary of my life ~ apart from my scrapbooking. I should try and get my teenage son to do it.

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  5. "..the Internet didn't exist because computers hadn't been invented and electricity hadn't been discovered yet..."

    That totally caught me off guard and made me laugh this morning :)

    I think that it's important for people to have an outlet where they feel they can express those thoughts that go rambling around in their minds. It's a release. At least, that is what i find from it.

    Even when a post is lighthearted or "fluff" it is still an avenue for you to share a piece of yourself. Kind of like creating a piece of artwork. You sometimes have to write things down or get them out - just because.

    If I think no one will be interested or no one is reading, first and foremost, I write things down because I want to remember. It was the same way when I kept a diary as a kid or wrote short stories or poetry in a scraggly notebook as a young person. That's the kind of thing I get from blogging. Outlet.

    The byproduct of that is finding other souls out there who understand or share a common thread with you and friendships develop. Aren't we all striving for human connection in some way?

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  6. Crap - all that yammering on and I don't think I even answered your question.

    Has blogging made me feel better about myself? Hmm. Yes, I suppose it has.

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  7. Hi..I think so, because I have made him more alert friends and people are always caring, loving the comments and I think it improves our self-esteem
    kisses rose jp

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  8. Thank you for sharing this :) It is really interesting, if you don't mind, I will write about it too for my hungarian followers, I'm sure they will like it!

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  9. Hee hee! And back then you had to go hunt a wooly mammoth for breakfast. :)

    Blogging makes me feel less alone since I don't have many "real life" friends. It's also nice to get my thoughts out of my head.

    When I was a kid, my friends and I would pass around shared notebooks that we would fill with thoughts, photos, and drawings. It was our way to stay connected when we might only see each other for a minute in the hallways.

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  10. There was electricity back then !
    And this is interesting - it also allows you to meet marvelous people :)

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  11. It mostly certainly has ... I have solely survived on Blogging for my sanity and creative growth! :)

    ♡ from © tanvii.com

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  12. Blogging definitely helps my self-esteem, but also helps with loneliness. When I don't blog, I find something missing from my everyday. I know it's my friends. =)

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  13. Blogging is good for the self esteem. It is nice to meet people with similar interests.

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  14. I can't lie blog comment compliments always make me feel better (even when I fish for them). It does help me feel validated a little like my words ARE worth reading. Also I really like having a silly creative outlet, it definitely inspires me a little more to actually do things.

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  15. Yaaay! I wrote the post, with translation and everything, check it out if you want! I was working on it for hours :D

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  16. I am curious on the results in comparison to those bloggers who write positively or negatively. Through attraction, those that are inspirational and positive will have good people following them, along with uplifting praises and comments and things that will make you smile and shine.

    Negativity follows as well. For those bloggers who do have negative out look on their life, who see everything through a twisted view of the world, who also write about hatred, pain, death, and negative issues, is it more of a cry for help, reaching out and asking the world for help, but yet most of the time, the things they put forth out there in negative light, will feed more into the negativity.

    some teens have committed suicide over what has gone on in their blogs. I know a huge population of online people who create a world here where all they know is the false sense of friendship and hope that they recieve from the people whom they call "friends" yet will never ever meet them real life, will never see them, touch them or talk to them...its a friendship that is based on words, and a fantasy within ones own mind...the ultimate escape..that where life has cheated them..the blogging life has accelerated them.......

    Personally I find that when I blogged about positive things I get little response. When I blog about sexual things, I get horny guys contacting me all over the place overlly sexualizing me, and when i write about negative things, it leads me to get into arguments and fights...
    My general rule is if you are not prepared to accept the consequences of what you write...dont bother writing it..
    (ok that was a whirlwind of response) please know this is my own experience.
    I have said this time and time...Ally, Your blog is an inspration to women. You portray nothing but happiness, life, vitality, and the desire to overcome the challenges that life has given you, too achieve your desires..And that is a wonderful thing to be of witness to..

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  17. I don't use blogging as much of an outlet, as in getting those feelings off your chest. I just use it to share bits of stuff I find interesting, family stuff, photography, etc. It has made me feel better in a couple of ways. One, it's nice to know people actually care about what I have to share (usually photos). Two, I've met some amazing people through blogging, for which I will forever be grateful.

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  18. "All we had for communication was shouting at each other and drawing on cave-walls." LOL

    I really like the interaction and connecting with people who have similar tastes. So in that way, yeah I'd say it makes me happier but it doesn't affect my self esteem.

    Jessica

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  19. You have the loveliest sense of humor. It reminds me of my mom's. You always insert these little gems into posts so deadpan that someone could almost think you're serious, and that's the beauty of it. I love that about you.

    Blogging has absolutely improved my self-esteem. Well, since self-esteem is the main subject of our blog, I sure HOPE it has. lol No, really, talking about it naturally makes it happen. I am not the same person I was when we started the blog, and I thought I was doin' alright then even.

    I know blogging has improved your image of yourself as I have watched you blossom, and it makes me happy.

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