Blog frequency and topics.
In a book I'm reading, there was this random off-topic observation about a new theory on journaling.
The thinking now goes that writing only about bad things is bad for your mental health.
Apparently it is now believed that it is healthier to write regularly (every day) no matter what.
I guess this could be because it forces you to take note on days when nothing particularly interesting or otherwise bad has happened (?).
It really had not crossed my mind how much writing can act to reinforce our ideas, both consciously and unconsciously. In the process of writing these blogs, I do read and re-read what I've written, and edit, and re-write, and repeat. In the process, my words do get into my eyes and ears.
So I'm curious about this theory, and I might try to find out more about it. In some ways I guess it makes sense.
I certainly had not considered that only blogging when the mood strikes might be bad for me somehow.
Sometimes the mood is funny or at least darkly humorous, but there are lots of days when things are basically fine and I just have nothing interesting to say. And this year especially I have not been blogging every day.
So I don't know if it would help me much to write something every day, even if it's not particularly pithy or insightful. But it would be worth it to do the experiment, since it might have a dual purpose: to help allay the erroneous perception seen often in the comments, that I am my blog in real life.
I'm not trying to be my blog persona. But maybe blogging is adversely affecting me psychologically in ways I never considered.
And here I thought blogging was an outlet. Maybe it's just a form of electronic wallowing that actually makes me feel worse without my knowing it.