I get asked a lot why I blog. I've even had someone say to me "It's just a trend now, you're hopping on board with every other millenial". I mean, yes, blogs have become extremely popular. I know of classes that have students create their own blog as a project, I have several friends who run their own blogs, and I follow all types of bloggers online.
I blog for me.
That's the comes first and foremost. This is my place to be creative, to raise awareness for chronically ill college students, and to inspire hope in others my age that there is someone who is struggling just like them.
Blogging is for me. I write little fluff pieces like "4 things you can do for someone who is chronically ill" because I know there are caretakers and friends who read my blog, and because I have been told they're helpful by those who read them. I also submit these pieces to The Mighty. As a contributor, I am given prompts every few days to write about. We are encouraged to think on these, so of course they're published to my blog as well.
It's my outlet. I love love love to write and always have. Actual journaling is hard right now because my hands shake, they ache, and my knuckles are so swollen I can't wear rings. Gripping a pen for hours to put my feelings down on paper is hard. So, by blogging I'm able to talk about how I'm feeling in a healthy way that also shows what it is like to be my age and ill.
That's where I saw what I could do for others. I live to serve, hence a career path that involves working with fragile health children day in and day out (hopefully). It's why I was the director of service for my chapter of my sorority, and it's why I'm always willing to help those around me. Blogging gave me the opportunity to put into words what those can't. I know several people my age who struggle with illness and are too shy to say much because they fear being shunned or rejected. How sad is that? I believe in raising awareness and showing those who are "healthy" that we are just like them. I intend to explain what it's like, but also give ways to handle having relationships with those who are ill.
Blogging is so common now, there's literally a blog about blogging??? That's okay though, because it's a form of the written word. It is creative and expressive, and an outlet for so many people around the world.