Blog more. It is good for your health

Blogging/writing is good for your health. If nothing else, you should write just because of that. Thankfully there are many other reasons why people write and if you don’t have one yet, improving your health should be enough reason to do it.

Many people don’t write because they don’t know what to write about, or feel like it will be a waste of time, they are wrong. Writing is both enjoyable and healthy not because of the words you write but because of the process you go through to come up with the words you are going to type. Austin Gunter from TechRanch Austin tweetedWriting really helps. It’s like Airborne for the heart.” I agree.

Writing is therapeutic. I agree with Miguel de Cervantes‘ quote: “The pen is the tongue of the mind” and this can be both good and bad, this could get you in trouble if you are not careful about the topics you write about. However, the therapeutic value will be there, always. For some, writing is a way to communicate ideas and thoughts with others in a very comfortable way… because you can read, edit, read again and edit one more time before you share it with others, you just don’t have that benefit when you are talking. So yes, the pen is the tongue of the mind but is under much more control than the mouth itself.

Writing is also one of the few if not the only way of communication that allows you to edit until you get it right. It is also the best way to create a legacy that is more permanent than almost anything else, what other legacy can you create that is as permanent as the written word? If you are writing a piece of fiction, writing  is a medium that allows you to get into another world, create and control different characters, resolve issues that in the real world may seem impossible to work out, etc. Writing (and reading) fiction is a great way to escape from reality, and you don’t need any chemical substances to experience it… see, it is healthier and safer than drugs!

Writing posts in a blog, gives you the opportunity to save your thoughts, experiences and learnings in a very organized way, and the best of all is that it is searchable! and you can also access  your blog posts from almost anywhere, as long as you have an internet connection. These days, it is difficult to find a place without an internet connection of some sort, I am writing this post as I commute in the Metro Rail from downtown Austin to the north suburbs.

Having a personal blog is a great way to write more, the cool thing is that you can write about whatever you want, it is your blog. For example, I have another blog which I mostly use to write about coding techniques, code examples, code issues, .NET related topics (yes, I am primarily a .NET developer), etc… you can write about what YOU are interested on, just write! you’ll feel better and might learn a few things in the process, I know I have.

The scientific details about why writing is healthy are here in case you are interested in some scientific research about this. However, just start writing about something, anything and don’t let the lack of a topic be what stops you from writing, just open a text editor (or pen and paper if you like) and start writing whatever words come to mind. Write about your job, about your hobbies, a novel, whatever, just write and don’t worry about the grammatical errors, or if the topic is interesting or not… who cares! the initial goal is just to write about something and experience the benefits of doing so.

If you don’t have a blog yet, create one, it is free and it takes minutes to set it up. There are many excellent blog applications out there that will help you get going in no time. And if you want to write something a little longer than a blog post, perhaps a book, then all you need is already in your computer, you just need a text editor and your favorite beverage to accompany you while you write that master piece. Write, have fun and improve your health.

Writing comments is also writing after all, if you want to start writing as soon as possible, I invite you to write your comments and to tell us about the techniques and motivation you have to write more, and more often. Blog more. It is good for your health. Cheers.

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177 thoughts on “Blog more. It is good for your health”

  1. I agree. Writing is good for you. You can write if you can talk . I find it very freeing and I love to write about what has happened during the day. My audience is close even though I have not met them, I don’t get many comments, and I am not the most popular. I just love to write. I write to those out there somewhere who I won’t see, and since I can’t see them, they won’t interrupt my train of thought! Smile. I can finally get a word in edge wise. Smile.

    1. Ruby, I liked your blog and agree with why you believe blogging is good for you! I have run across people that write much better than they talk. I not sure why that is, maybe it is just a behaviour thing. Hope you keep on blogging!

  2. OK, so seriously, my ex husband is suing me to stop my blog. We go to court in two weeks. May I reference your post as part of my defense? “But your honor, blogging is good for me!”


    I hope it works. Wish me luck!

  3. As a personal blogger for over five years now, I totally agree! And it’s so much fun to go back and read an old post sometime, and remember how I was feeling then. (What’s not fun is reading something I don’t agree with anymore. But I guess it’s good to remind me that I can often be stupid.)

    1. Reading an old post that you might not agree with anymore might not be fun but it is very interesting… it gives you a great perspective on where you were at the time (experience, thoughts, etc…).

  4. Great Post. Just started blogging, Thanks for the article which provides validation to what I suspected. Once had a class room full of the worst kids in the school – very angry. Ditched the books and put them on a diet of writing. Convinced them that people would listen to their anger if they could put down thoughts in clear form and precise words. ..and I would give them the tools and help them every step of the way. Amazing transformations. Huge gain in confidence as they earned success – and then self esteem . Bailed from teaching as the system grinds down anyone who rocks the boat. But all the jobs I like best (marketing, publishing, working in research, editing) involved writing. Thanks for encouraging others to venture forward. Phil, Philosopher Mouse of the Hedge.

    1. You are very welcome. When I started blogging I was worry about the topics to write about, etc… now, I just write about anything that comes to my mind and also about topics of my interest such as technology. I have found out that it is not the topic what’s important but the process of extracting your thoughts and translating them into words that it is the fun, interesting and therapeutic part. Cheers!

  5. It’s always great to have another healthy activity from which we can choose. And when it overlaps with something that’s enjoyable you get a double shot of health – what a deal.

    I write almost exclusively on different health topics and it’s good to know that I can benefit from the process of writing as much as others can from the reading.

    Thanks for pointing this out and congratulations on being freshly pressed.

  6. funny i should read this today; i recently blogged on the same topic:
    i’m a counselor & always telling clients to write to help express feelings & clarify thoughts, yet until recently i was not even following my own advice! i was nervous to blog (that no one would read it, that i wouldn’t know what to say). then i realized none of that matters. it helps me, & if my words help anyone else, then all the better! blogging is good for mental health.

  7. I’ve always believed that writing is good for the brain, but it’s done very little for my buttocks – apart from turning them into a pert-free zone. Mental exercise isn’t enough: You have to get physical sometimes. Ideally I’d like to combine novel-writing with motocross. But, sadly, they are mutually exclusive. Any ideas?

    1. Why not a voice recognition tablet computer hooked to a microphone in your helmet…..or even an old fashion small recorder? You could revise later ( when too worn out to ride). Fresh oxygen charges the brain. Can’t think of anything that could make your writing any more passionate or authentic than to create while in action.

  8. Thank you for posting this. Fascinating stuff. I knew that writing was good forthe mind, but the information on how it activates the mind-body connnection is a revelation. I do a lot of work with the mind-body connection on my blog, so this is right where I live.

    As to what gets me to write, I find writing something that I think will be helpful to someone else, having a deadline (external or self-imposed), and reporting my progress to the two kind, enthusiastic writing groups I am a member of are what makes those words fly. It’s how I’ve published magazine articles, my first book “Adventures in Palmistry”, and how the second book, now underway, will be completed. 🙂


  9. Congrats on being Freshly Pressed!

    I’ve always said writing is therapeutic, for sure. I love the feeling of satisfaction I feel when I hit that “publish” button and look at the final product. It’s almost the same feeling I get when I cross the finish line of a 5k or 10k run! Honestly, it’s a feeling of completion, of pride and general happiness.

    Writing is also a great way to express emotions and/or thoughts you don’t have the balls (or want) to say out loud! So a blog is a great way to let it all hang out (and Mikalee knows about this more than anyone!).

    Drive on,
    – M.

  10. I love blogging! I took it up 81 days ago and I have written 81 posts so far. I find it so theraputic and it’s a great way to see the world in a new light. I agree, blogging is great for the soul!

  11. thats so true! ever since i started my blog, i loved the fact that when i write, it calms me down. I feel relaxed that my thoughts are somewhere other than my head

  12. I agree your opinion because when I write an article which give me time consuming is more achievable and feel satisfied, also free stress, and when I want to complain about something and no where to say, writing is actually best way to resolve to myself. But yes, we have to be carefull what we write about on the internet though.. 😀

    Thanks, this article is really easy reading and also had fun to read. And, congratulation for “Freshly pressed”.

  13. Great post… I know I have really enjoyed it since starting my blog last July! It does make you feel good especially when people comment on what you write & you pick up a few followers!

  14. Great thoughts. As an English Major, I certainly agree that writing is good for your health. Often, I read more than I write — so I appreciate that someone has taken the time, skill, and effort to write well. But writing a thoughtful piece certainly feels good. Great post!

  15. Just started writing today. I’ve tried in the past, but stopped because of many of the reasons in your blog. However, now is the time, today is the day, I just became a writer. Thanks for the support.

  16. Great post! I started a blog about books, movies and series (this one: with a friend at the beginning of last year and I found out that I love blogging! First of all, it got me closer to my friend, since I share it with her. Second, my mother tongue is Spanish, but I write the blog in English so it helps me a lot to learn the language, and practice it. And finally, but not less important, I really enjoy writing about this stuff and this way I can express myself and share opinions with people who also like talking about books, movies and series.

    I guess I have enough reasons to think that I am NOT wasting my time, don’t I? 🙂

  17. “Writing is also one of the few if not the only way of communication that allows you to edit until you get it right.”

    Great post. –The process of creating art is my therapeutic outlet, and for many artists a means of communication, although often a subtle one. Blogging is a big bonus.

    -Congratulations on being ‘freshly pressed’!
    PS. You can make your own ‘Wordle’ pictures very simply at =)

  18. Excellent! going back to the subject with the comments… I feel better already having written it.

    Congrats on being “Freshly Pressed”.

  19. Writing is definitely good for our health – specialy for those who can’t think properly without it. Yeah, I have to confess that’s exactly what happens with me. When I’m confused, stressed or something like that, I truly feel the need to grab a pen and write until I’ve got a painful hand & wrist.

    So, yes, writing is a huge help, and I’ll check the scientific article soon! 🙂

  20. congrats on getting Freshly Pressed!! 🙂 I enjoyed this post so much and writing is truly therapeutic for me. It’s helped when I can ‘talk’ about my anxieties and vent about what upsets me. It also makes me happy when I blog about joyous things….I love looking back at old posts…it’s like a memory vessel. The comments are soo precious to me as well 🙂

  21. Great suggestions and info! I love to keep a journal, the pen and paper kind. I have a photo blog here and thanks to great posts like yours I’m working on starting a blog about a subject that is dear to me.
    Thanks for the inspiration and encouragement!

  22. Awesome post! I really agree with a lot of the reasons why people should write and why it is good for you. However, I think you should also mention that it is good to write in the beginning unfiltered and then edit. Writing unfiltered in the beginning lets you get out all the memories, sensations, and ideas without worrying about what other people are thinking when you say it. I think that’s the most therapeutic part, even though you should edit before you post.

  23. Bravo! I to believe that writing is a finite method of expressing yourself. Although it allows the ultimate freedom in choice of topics, it has the potential to instill and cultivate a high degree of self-discipline. The act of editing, re-reading, tweeking and fine-tuning – as many times as necessary, fosters an analytical thought process. Basically it stretches the mind.

  24. With my husband’s recent cancer diagnosis, blogging has been very therapeutic for me. Thank you for a great post and quality information:)

    Congrats on Freshly Pressed!

  25. I started a little over a month ago. At first I was not sure of what to write, but now I write about whatever seems interesting. It feels like there are so many topics that they’re all bubbling over. And it is so therapeutic, it’s almost addictive. I love the people that I am meeting and I feel like it’s been a really positive experience. Thanks for writing this post, I like where your head is at.

    D 🙂

  26. Blogging was a hard process for me in the beginning, but now I wonder what I would ever do without it. I think I would be so bored if I stopped. And it’s a great feeling just to get things off my mind and share them with the world.

  27. I tell people that since I can’t afford a psychologist, writing is my free therapy. I was really self-conscious when I first started blogging. Are people going to get offended? Will they criticize me? So, I started blogging for family and friends only. Then as I got more confident, I started blogging openly and for the Internet to see. It feels good to write. It’s also very good to read what others write.

  28. I love writing so much. I don’t even care if it is poetic or sonds rational, just getting things on paper is such a relief. I’ve used writing as an outlet and stress reducer since I was about 12 or 13, and I think it has saved me from many meltdowns.
    Loved the post, you are completely right, and I wish more people would write! I think this post will definitely change some minds and be the kickoff for many heathly lifestyles 🙂

  29. I think writing in general is good for you. It allows you to open your mind to something or someone that isn’t just you. It’s the same idea as going out and socializing-spread whatever you need to spread, and worry not about whether or not it’s important! I love writing personal pieces more than I do academic research, but I’ve found the correct niche of research tends to help fuel that passion to write, so it’s a cyclical process. Then again, I love socializing and drawing, too. I suppose I should say I just love the ability to express myself.

    Congrats on fresh pressed! 😀

  30. Great post. I love to write but find it increasingly difficult, once I finally get something out it is a good feeling (often squashed by worrying about what readers might think, but that passes!)

  31. Thanks for the post, this has encouraged me to write more! I agree, writing is good for our health. Blogging has helped me to write more and to reflect on many things in the process of writing. Writing helps release stress, is a great pain-reliever, and refreshing in the end. I discovered so many things to write about as I grab a pen and paper or open my laptop and start typing. Reading this was really inspiring! : )

  32. Creating a blog and writing allows me to express feelings openly but when people don’t comment I think that what I’m writing is not interesting. Blogging is like being the lonely writer without readers.

  33. I totally agree with this article. Writing has been very good for my health. It gives me a chance to get my feelings out, put them aside, then go back and review and see if I still feel the same way after a while. While I keep most things personal and private, and write about these things for my own use and purpose, I write on my blog to share and to get feedback (positive, hopefully) about things I do. It’s just a part of who I am. Liked this post!

  34. The last paragraph is really inviting! I liked that.

    Since one of the things you wanted to elicit is about what motivates “people” to write, I might as well tell mine.

    Well, I write because I wanted to share my stories (sensible/purposeful or NOT). EVERYONE has stories to tell definitely. Writing about those stories is the raison d’etre of my blog. The audience is just secondary.

    Congrats for the “FP” badge!

  35. You are so right! I had never come across the quote by Cervantes but I love the thought, thank you for sharing it. I know myself that even though I blog several times a week I do need to do more witing, it is indeed theraputic. There is a part of me that feels more fufilled when I write, as I am now!
    Then again it is good to be able to edit what you write at the same time.

  36. Can’t agree more with you. Great post.
    But always the problem is what to write about ?? If you just start putting down the words or random thoughts that comes, sometimes that may not even make sense..

    1. Yes it doesn’t make sense at first, but it helps getting those thoughts out of the mind… organizing them and putting them together in the form of a blog post is the fun process 😉

  37. I started blogging just a month ago and am addicted. Your right about fiction too. Sometimes, when the perfect paragraph falls into place or I finally find the right words in their appropriate order, I get a little squirt of dopamine and adrenaline. Completely agree.
    However, once a Blogger forgets they are writing to an audience, then reading becomes hazardous to our health.
    And many bloggers don’t realize that the primary purpose of writing is communication, a kind of mental telepathy to a reader.
    Mindlessly cataloging events and worries into words belongs in private journal and should not appear as something we are tricked into reading.

    1. Deciding on what you share with your readers is completely up to you. Writing about anything and everything has a therapeutic value, especially if you write about something that you are upset or frustrated about, whether you decide to share that with an audience or not is another topic. Thanks.

  38. I love to write, my ideas, thoughts and the things that go on in my life, I’m twelve and I’ve been writing since I can remeber, I travel alot so that is what my blog about, it’s about all the adventures I go on. I hope I get more readers.

  39. I totally agree with you. Aside from the therapeutic value of blogging/writing, it also saves you hundreds or thousands of dollars on sessions with a shrink. 😉
    I also like your Miguel Cervantes quote ‘The pen is the tongue of the mind’. I notice if you have the habit of writing, be it in a journal or composing poems, it helps your thinking process by making you sharper, more organized and creative, and you tend to have a more wholistic perspective of things in general. Now, this may or not hold true for everyone, but generally speaking it has these effects.

    Thanks for this blog!

  40. Great post. This motivates me to keep writing. Sometimes I feel shy because I assume people don’t like my writing, or the topic isn’t interesting… But you’re right, why do I have to care about what people think? I write for myself heheheh

    1. Exactly! just write and have fun doing it… do not worry about what other people think of it 😉 Also, the more you write the better you’ll get at it and the easier it would be to come up with topics. Good luck.

  41. I agree with you… and I have a friend, … and I can see her daily mood by reading her blog… because the more pressure she has… she will writes more.. 🙂 I think blogging is good and can be a therapy for certain people .. I also writing personal blog.. and I treat it as my journal so that in future my next generation can read it…. 😀

  42. Thumbs up! 🙂

    I began blogging when I was in high school, but I started with my wordpress blog only two years ago. I agree it is good for the health. It alleviates stress and gives you more freedom of expression than any other forms of communication. 🙂

  43. I have within the last month or so, started a blog; I try to at least write or post on it, once a day. I really enjoyed reading this post. My mother was a writer, she was pretty good too. The only thing about it, no one ever got the opportunity to read any of her work. Well, back in September of 2011, I lost her to cancer; it was a pretty hard pill to swallow. And, what I’ve found is that starting back to write has helped me to cope with her death. I am now, working on my blogs and writing a fiction novel; and pretty much just enjoying the writing process. I just wanted to second the motion of writing being good for your health and well-being; it really does do wonders. 🙂

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  45. I can’t agree more. My blog has become cathartic and my outlet for everything I have had shouting in my head for so long.
    I set my blog up a long time ago but didn’t use it very much for ages, but over the past 10 months have used it increasingly to just get things out in to the open which otherwise would be simmering away…..

  46. Thanks a lot for making a remarkable post. It inspired to pursue on this new hobby.

    Also, I do believe What is a writer without a reader. So I would put limitations on it. You’ll never know what message can it cross.

  47. long ago I can not write well, a lot of books that I have read but now I want to always try to write like what people write on his blog, thank you for your post and hopefully I was inspired to write.

  48. Writing does give me a sense of relaxation. It allows me to get away from my bodily state and into a new existence of infinite exploration. Now that iv’e read this article it makes more sense to me why i find pleasure in writing wether someone is reading it or not. IMAGINATION

  49. Writing is definitely a great outlet, and I totally agree that one of the best things about it is how you can edit until it’s perfect. I’m more eloquent in writing than I am in speaking sometimes, and it’s nice to be able to communicate confidently through my blog.

  50. How true. Writing is a process where you put your brain cells to work, you think, recollect and put your thoughts to words. You can write about your personal experiences, hobbies, sport, politics, poetry and so on. A blog is like an online diary

  51. I can totally relate to your post! I’ve been going through really tough times lately, mostly having a lot of financial problems, health problems….etc…I had started a blog last year, but it was private, sort of a diary for myself but i didnt continue it for long.. Two days ago, i thought it would really help me vent, so i re-started it, publicly, and its been amazing for my psychology. Its sort of a constructive rant i guess 🙂 This time I wont stop writing, and ill def build it up as much as possible by trying to write at least one post per day!

  52. Yes… “edit until you get it right.” I think I’ll have this be my epitaph. It’s my sword to which I will die … I once asked an old prof of mine, “how do you know when your done editing?” He said, “never, your never done editing.” The final edit has been my final edit for months. Help Obi-Wan Kenobi, help.

  53. I so so agree…………
    I started my blog because of my daughter…..was wearing her ear out! This is cheaper than therapy and a lot more fun. Just need a way of capturing my thoughts, especially when I am driving!

  54. for me, writing in blog page is one way we connect another person, with various perspective that we disscussed about. then, eventual we learn about respect with ur reader that someone might have different opinion.
    Don’t wase our times for reader by replying just because we force our opinion, what we believe, and so on. it’s time for us to learn about

    by the way.., if we get angry with someone, just write it in our blog without writing name that person we angry to? what do you think about that?

    1. Blogging is about making people have an opinion, instead of walking down the middle of the road as an indecisive bystander.
      It’s about open communication, knowing someones opinion at the click of a button and from there- the possibility of forming new ideas.
      I like to think of it as a venue of expression for the people by the people.

      I hope I was somewhat relevant!

  55. Nice post, congrats on being freshly pressed…
    Writing does help you organize your thoughts, it is not like blurting out a sentance, which technically you might even do when you are not conscious, let alone thinking straight… But to write, one has to sit down an start thinking, not Einstein’s Thought Experiment thinking perhaps, but thinking none the less… You organize your thoughts, decide that it makes sense, and than put it on paper (or in binary… whatever you like…)… That is one of the reasons I like writing, it is good exercise for the mind.
    Blog writing is also, I think, a more elegant way to share something interesting on the internet. Instead of forwarding a link to someone, or just pasting a video on facebook, you get to write about it first, and than invite someone to share the experience with you, in the context you create for it. Whether this is a photograph, a video, or a bit of information, blogging about it is more elegant than forwarding it…

  56. Great post..thank you for the was really interesting to read about the science of it…I only started my blog about a month and a half ago but I already feel the effect… I think writing makes you feel good because it makes you sit down and deal with something…a problem..a passion…a set time aside to process it and that helps..
    thanx again for the inspiration

  57. really loved this post. ..i have started up a blog and for sometime, i posted very frequently, but now the pace is decelerating. I often stop to think what I am doing and then wait for a few days to understand. The same phase is on right now. It really depends on the performance of your last post, how soon you write next. Anyways, this post has really been an inspiring one…dat no matter what, one should write, write your heart out to stay fit and fine.

  58. This is great, it has given me so many reasons to write and ideas on what to write. I have been thinking that no one would want to read anything that I would write but this has made me relize I dont have to write for anyone other than myself. The satisfaction of knowing I did it is enough, anything after that is a bonus. I never was good at spelling or putting words together when I was a kid at school. I know now that it is as easy as just writing what you think. The fact that I am writing what I am thinking right now is proof that I can do it. Thank you so much for this blog.

  59. Can’t agree with you more on this topic. Initially I was really hesitant to blog and when I did start blogging, I thought I was writing crap and was not willing to share with people around me. Then realized that people are in-fact interested in knowing what someone is going through at work/life or some random thoughts. There are several benefits to blogging like, sharing of ideas, exploring the ideas and more importantly, one shall get to know more about something that one has written about via blogging. So, all in all, it can have any adverse effect on the individual, and yes it is almost a must for any individual in this information centric era.

  60. I have really enjoyied reading your well written article. It looks like you spend a lot of effort and time on your blog. I have bookmarked it and I am looking forward to reading new articles. Keep up the good work!

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