In my return to personal blogging, starting with this post, I have been contemplating just how much I am going to share of myself here. It’s a double-edged sword, public sharing of personal topics. The act of speaking alone invites judgement, and not everyone will agree with what I present here. That can be challenging to deal with and it may make you question whether or not it is worth it to bother at all.
Writing and sharing your personal story is a healthy and profoundly productive thing to do. This article in the New York Times spotlights numerous studies wherein those who wrote or made videos about their “stuff” (in this case, academic struggle) for both themselves and to be shared with others, became more positive, productive, and emotionally healthy. The results of these studies made a profound difference to the control groups in both short term and long term ways.