I’ve always enjoyed writing, mainly in a diary or blog format, having the platform to voice my own thoughts and feelings to those reading.
When I was younger I used to keep diaries. I admit, I always started off with good intentions of keeping it updated day by day, but I soon got lazy and forgetful, leaving numerous blank pages in my carefully selected, patterned book. I used to note all sorts, from events that had happened that day, to my feelings about a friend or family member that had annoyed me. I didn’t hold back, hoping that no one would ever get their hands on it and making me the subject of an interrogation.
Some of my diaries would have lockets and a tiny little key. The key usually always went missing after I would forget my own safe place, but still, my diary gave me a sense of control and comfort.
Fast forward a few years and online blogging was becoming a trend with the likes of blogger.com (a free service where you could create a basic blog and share it with friends) and Piczo (a social networking and blogging website for teens, launched in 2003 and closed down in 2012). I knew lots of people with a blog and soon I was part of a little blogging family. Initially, I would use the platform to update my followers on my life, write little stories and share images and funny stories. Now, I have a blog on wordpress (rachelgilbey.wordpress.com) called ‘Diary of a Crohnie’ and I use the platform to share my experience of living with Crohn’s disease as well as posts about my travels, beauty advice and lifestyle top tips.
It’s sat idle for a little while now, but I’m determined to give it a re-vamp and a new lease of life. There are many benefits to blogging or simply writing down your thoughts privately. It can actually make you feel happier! For example, you could jot down your goals and ambitions or even the small wins in life. This will help to keep you motivated and will give you a sense of achievement as you start to tick things off your wishlist. Also, writing may help you to cope in stressful and anxious times as you can express yourself with no boundaries.
Why not give it a try?