Its safe to say blogging has had a pretty positive impact on my life. My mental health has improved, I get to help other people with my advice, and it doesn’t look bad on my CV either. (If you’d like to be able to boast all that yourself and you fancy writing for us, fill out this form and you’ll make my day). But in all seriousness, I really can’t recommend blogging (or just writing in general) enough, and here’s all the reasons why:
Its a great platform
I’ve said it before and I’ll say it again, I’m yet to come across any better way of solving your problems than talking about them. Blogging is effectively just talking, but on a bigger scale, and its a great opportunity to start a conversation on the things that are important to you (in my case, mental health). If I’ve had a bad day or something is bothering me, I write a blog about it. It gets the problem out in the open, and there’s always the chance its going to reach someone who’s been feeling exactly the same as me.
It actively calms anxiety
Again, probably repeating myself, but having something to focus on and building a structure into my day is a great way of managing anxiety. For example, I go through and edit all the articles for the week on a Sunday night and then schedule them for release throughout the week. But it could even be as simple as telling yourself “Wednesdays I’ll work on my blog.” It’s also a great chance to do something productive that isn’t necessarily Uni related (I’m guessing most people blog about things they actually care about) and has the added bonus of giving me something interesting to put on my CV. That definitely helps with the graduate employment anxiety.
Giving advice is a seriously good remedy
I’ve honestly never come across anything like it. Writing about my own experiences with mental health is not only cathartic, its brilliant for reminding me that they can actually be useful. Take this post about tips for managing stress for an example. They’re methods I’ve come up with over years of practise and being able to share them with other people gives me a huge sense of satisfaction, just knowing that even one person might find them useful.
It really doesn’t matter how many people are reading it
That brings me nicely onto my next point – it doesn’t matter whether 10 or 10,000 people are reading your blog. The effect is exactly the same. You get just as much satisfaction from writing regardless of who’s reading (so I’d actually recommend not paying too much attention to your views). In fact, I’d go so far as to say I’d rather 1 person read my advice and take it than 100 people open an article and just skim it.
(But the numbers are still nice)
That said, it is nice to see your readership slowly but steadily growing. Since starting the blog we’ve grown to a steady readership of around 1-2000 (not just down to me, our fabulous writers are of course the real reason for that) but I get a huge sense of pride knowing that we’re making a difference to more and more people – and helping ourselves along the way, too.