While IM-ing with Ivan Chew (of Rambling Librarian fame), I came to the conclusion that blogging can actually have a therapeutic effect. In that hour or so while you are penning down your thoughts or sharing that little bit of your life with the rest of cyberspace, you can actually can unwind a little and release the pent up stresses and frustrations inside you. Its a little like a tightly coiled spring – the more you write, the more you loosen the coils and release the tension. I believe this is similar to how diaries or journals worked in the past.
This brings me to the next question, is blogging a form of escapism? In the minutes (or hours) when you are tapping away on the keyboard, recording a podcast, or uploading a video, do you feel a sense of being in control of your own little world?
I believe so, and perhaps this is the allure and attractiveness of blogging (or podcasting, youtubing, flickring…etc). With the power of social media in your trembling and excited little hands, you become a creator of your own little universe, doing whatever pleases your self indulgent little heart. For once, you can pretend that you are an armchair movie critic, rock musician, columnist, food expert, politician, television producer…. The sky’s the limit!
What are your experiences in blogging? What makes you do it?