I think it’s obvious that I’ve started ramping things up around here. I’m posting more often than ever instead of taking weeks off at a time whenever I feel to. And I’m basically starting to treat the blog as more than something I just do for fun. I’ll talk about that more in a few weeks but wanted I really wanted to touch on today was why I’ve also gotten increasingly more personal on the blog...out loud.
In the midst of all the borderline professionalism, for lack of a better term, I started doing these all-the-feels type Thursday posts. At first, I planned for it to be a one-off thing since my weight gain was literally weighing me down, mentally and physically. ExSloth is supposed to be all about healthy living and I felt like a fraud keeping this giant secret. So I sat down and finally shared my truth with you.
It was so nerve wracking and I thought for sure it would be the last time I did something like that. But I’ve kept going over the last couple of weeks and I’ll probably keep writing these posts for the foreseeable future. Why? Again, for a variety of reasons.
Why I’ll continue to get personal on the blog
1. Because it’s cathartic (and cheaper than therapy)
It’s becoming increasingly clear to me that I have a lot of unresolved issues that I’ve been neglecting. But like I mentioned last week, I’m still unemployed after graduating more than a year ago. So I don’t have any extra cash lying around to pay for professional help.
Luckily, there’s something immensely freeing about putting
pen to paper fingers to keyboard and seeing my true thoughts and feelings laid bare. I’ve never been a huge fan of journaling but I image this feeling is similar to the one you’d get from that practice. Whatever the reason, it’s working. So I’ll take it.
2. Because health is more than eating well and working out.
I share a lot of healthy recipes on the blog and talk quite a bit about healthy eating and getting active. And in the past I occasionally touched on the mental health side of things. But you know what? It wasn’t enough.
My mental state dictates quite a lot of my everyday life. If I’m having a down day or struggling with something internally, it’s going to manifest itself in other areas and quite often, my health suffers because of it. So it stands to reason that a blog focused on healthy living should address staying mentally healthy more than just occasionally, right?
3. Because you seem to like them.
I’m not talking about pageviews and stuff like that. Although, these posts do get a fair amount of action. I’m talking about the comments and messages I’ve been getting from some of you.
For so long I kept quiet about my internal struggles and let things get sort of superficial around here. I figured that no-one wanted to hear about my bad days or my insecurities or my weight gain. But it turns out that we’re all kind of stumbling around in our own way but we just didn’t talk about it.
Plus, keeping up a perpetually sunny personality, even if it’s just a few times a week, wasn’t serving me at all. Trying to find ways to continuously be happy and upbeat in my posts gets exhausting real quick, especially when you’re struggling. Recipes and funny anecdotes are great, but sometimes you just gotta let it all hang out, ya know?
It goes against everything in my intensely private, introverted nature to talk about my feelings, struggles and insecurities. But real life isn’t all sunshine and rainbows. It’s ups and twice as many downs and tears and heartache.
So I’ve decided to take one for the team and keep baring pieces of my soul on the blog. And I’ll continue sharing my truth with you here for as long as we need me to.
What about you?
- Do you get personal on your blog?
- Would you prefer I stuck with recipes and more ‘surface’ posts or do you enjoy these glimpses into my life/psyche?