September 19, 2005

Blogging as therapy

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AOL surveyed about 600 bloggers about why they blog.

Around a third of the respondents said they write frequently about subjects such as self-esteem and self-help… About 31 percent of bloggers said that, in times of high anxiety, instead of seeking any counseling, they either write in their blogs or read blogs of others facing similar issues, the report said.

I'd say that squares, broadly, with the kinds of usage we've seen at Warwick over the last year or so.

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  1. Mathew Mannion

    *hand in the air*

    19 Sep 2005, 14:57

  2. Can definately see the appeal. Blogs are a high-tech personal journal.
    I stick to boring topics for fear that my housemates will discover I have genuine feelings :)

    19 Sep 2005, 16:34

  3. Yeah I agree, it's great to get something off your chest on here. For a start, my handwriting is erratic and occasionally illegible, especially in times of distress and fatigue, which is when I'm most likely to be wanting to put my feelings down somewhere. I love typing, which helps. Also, as a Physics student, there are absolutely noooo outlets for any creative frustration, and this provides some sort of avenue for my literary prowess, ahaha. Bollocks, I know, but I miss being able to express myself.

    Sometimes I look back in embarrassment at what I've written, but then again I think it's important because it shows how you were feeling right then, in that situation, and however much you have matured since then, that is a part of who you once were. I do also feel, however, that some of what I have written is the extreme, the concentrate of my life that has to be diluted with some reality.

    Anyone agree?

    19 Sep 2005, 18:54

  4. The thing I like about blogs is you can write what you're thinking, or feeling and other people can comment, but they don't have to, there's no pressure, not like conversations with those awkward silences, horrible!

    I think it also adds to the sense of community at Warwick :)

    19 Sep 2005, 23:08

  5. John Dale

    It surprised us a little bit at first, the extent to which people were (and are) keen to use their blog as an outlet for quite personal, quite intimate writing. But as Eleanor says (and as we found when we interviewed some bloggers last summer), there's something about blogging that puts it into a kind of sweet spot halfway between the intensity and potential embarrassment of a one to one conversation, and the inwardness of just writing or talking to yourself. You don't know how many readers there will be, and chances are many of them don't know you personally, so while it's not completely anonymous, it's just anonymous enough.

    20 Sep 2005, 08:53

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