I started this blog as a means to develop my writing skills. I contribute to themed blogs and websites often but, these contributions are usually topic based. Many of us believe that blogging is an excellent method for emptying out our minds. Blogging allows us to think through what is plaguing our minds in an attempt to alleviate the stress associated with ideas . In simple terms, blogging allows us to unload what is on our chests with the ultimate result being to relieve stress.
Research shows that it improves memory and sleep, boosts immune cell activity and reduces viral load in AIDS patients, and even speeds healing after surgery. A study in the February issue of the Oncologist reports that cancer patients who engaged in expressive writing just before treatment felt markedly better, mentally and physically, as compared with patients who did not.
Apparently, many hospitals, re-hab organizations, and psychologists are promoting the blog as a means for people to deal with their issues. Many of us have difficulty doing this which can screw us up.
The Discovery Channel says that “blogging can help you feel less isolated, more connected to a community and more satisfied with your friendships, both online and face-to-face.”
Research, from Swinburne University of Technology in Melbourne, found after two months of regular blogging, people felt they had better social support and friendship networks than those who didn’t blog.
Researchers Fernette Eide M.D. and Brock Eide M.D. M.A. of Eide Neurolearning Blog
have concluded that:
1. Blogs can promote critical and analytical thinking.
The best of blogs are rich in ideas and promote active exchange and critique. Rather than creating closed communities,these best blogs foster conversation, interactions with other blogs and other information sources, and invite feedback from their readers.
2. Blogging can be a powerful promoter of creative, intuitive, and associational thinking.
To remain popular with readers, blogs must be updated frequently. This constant demand for output promotes a kind of spontaneity and ‘raw thinking’–the fleeting associations and the occasional outlandish ideas–seldom found in more formal media. Blogging technology itself fosters this kind of spontaneity, since blogging updates can be posted with just a few clicks whenever a new thought or interesting Internet tidbit is found.
3. Blogs promote analogical thinking.
Recent international surveys have shown that students in the United States have fallen far behind most of their first world peers in problem solving and critical thinking.
Back-and-forth blog-based exchanges between experts also provide a unique opportunity for young thinkers to witness and evaluate arguments from analogy on an ongoing basis, and to develop their own abilities to think analogically.
4. Blogging is a powerful medium for increasing access and exposure to quality information.
Because blogs link many facts and arguments in branching “threads” and webs, and append primary source materials and reference works, they foster deeper understanding and exposure to quality information. In turn these sources can seed other creative projects.
5. Blogging combines the best of solitary reflection and social interaction.
Research using the Lemelson-MIT Invention index found that invention is best fostered in solitude (66%); yet other research has shown the beneficial effects of brainstorming with a community of intellectual peers.
So, I’m wondering, if blogging is so good for you there must be something bad about doing it. Kind of like enjoyed the taste of chocolate or drinking too much alcohol. Yes, addiction. Always the culprit of enjoying something and then doing it too much as a result.
According to an article in the New York Times , a number of technology bloggers have become addicted to posting. Sound familiar? They got so addicted that they posted at all hours of night and day. Three had suffered heart attacks, two of them fatal according to the article. Maybe, they should have been blogging about their addiction to blogging………….
For now, I’ll keep on blogging.