Food for Thought: Blogging and its Impact on the Brain

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“Beauty you’re born with, but brains you earn.”

– Jay Kristoff

If the mind is truly like a muscle, then blogging must be the last leg of a 10-mile race. That might seem like hyperbole, but it’s actually based in some reality.

The health benefits of writing have been known for decades, but only in recent years have the specific impact of blogging been analyzed. For example, research suggests that writing in a more anonymous format, such as blogging, helps one reframe their relationship with their mental health. On the same note, however, blogging can be beneficial in the amount of self-worth it can provide by offering a public element to one’s writing. It seems convenient, but it makes perfect sense.

As bloggers, you already know how empowering writing can be and is. For us, it’s the writing that provides that essential sense of purpose.

There is also research to suggest that this type of “communal communication” has its own benefits, such as lowering anxiety by offering a constructive way to process thoughts.

I started to think about blogging last night and how I have personally been affected by both producing and consuming content. When you’re blogging, you have to give a little bit of yourself away with each post. It’s totally necessary but can still be exhausting. One can get a lot of shade thrown their way just for being open and transparent.

Yes, there are certain downsides to blogging. With social media being such a prevalent part of our collective existence, there will always be haters with their own negativity.

So, like with anything, there are pros and cons to blogging. As writers and creators and truth-tellers, we just have to decide if the good outweighs the bad.

I already know it does for me.

If the mind is truly like a muscle, then blogging must be the last leg of a 10-mile race. That might seemf like hyperbole, but it’s actually based in some reality.

6 Comments

  1. The good definitely wins out for me. I find that WordPress has a lot less hater-ish behaviour than social media platforms, perhaps because people with hater-ish motives are less likely to take the extra time to read longer-form content.

  2. I could probably write a book on this topic. Blogging anonymously for three years helped me develop experience talking about mental health. The hours and hours spent polishing stories helped me build the perfect vocabulary to describe what I was going through. The emotional rollercoaster (pride, disappointment, craving) that comes from blogging fuels my anxiety as well as anything else. It’s the hobby I love to hate.

  3. Thank you for sharing this, Josh! I have enjoyed blogging for many years (on a different platform), and I have always felt that I was getting A LOT from the experience. It is cathartic to be able to share one’s thoughts, similar to journaling, but with the opportunity for human connection. I hear what you are saying about the risk of others throwing shade your way, but like you, I feel like it is worth the risk. In your post you wrote that blogging “helps one reframe their relationship with their mental health”… I was wondering if you might say more on that? That is a very interesting concept to me and I would love to see further discussion on it. Great post 🙂

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