Blogging- The New Diary
According the the New York Times, a recent study found that there is therapeutic value for teenagers in blogging.
I keep a blog. In fact, I keep many. Each one with its own purpose, layout, format, and types of followers. For instance, I have one blog entirely dedicated to images, quotes, videos- you name it- that strike my interest. I also have an art focused blog, a pop culture blog, and a personal blog.
At first, I didn't understand why people kept blogs- let alone more than one. I came to the realization that each of these were just a series of easily accessible, visual journals and books. Each one of my blogs allows for comments, both from users of the community and anonymous people who stop by on my blog. What amazes me is that despite the different demographics of users who follow me and the focuses of my blogs, commenters are overwhelmingly supportive- especially on my personal blog where I articulate my anxiety, stress, and frustration. Many of the comments I receive are positive and constructive, offering support.
There are a number of platforms for students to blog, Tumblr, Blogger, and WordPress being the three heavy hitters. Even though I keep blogs, I also have a leather bound journal that I write in every night, its nice to see how you were doing on a particular day, but I find that there is something cool about feeling how you were doing that day, holding it in your hands. And you don't have to blog about your feelings, you can blog about what you like, things that interest you, movies, books, or post images only. That is why I keep a blog (well, blogs), its fun. Do you like to blog? Do you have a blog? What site do you use? Leave a link if you want!