The Finch Formerly Known As Gold

15 August 2007

Does a blog promote personal growth?

Wearing your heart on your sleeve is difficult enough; letting the whole world look at it takes serious guts.

Once in a while, I cruise through the archives, and it's not too uncommon an occurrence for me to find a piece that makes me want to dope-slap myself and say "What were you thinking?" (There are well over ten thousand pages here: they can't all be gems.) Still, one doesn't develop a stride without a fair number of missteps along the way, and if I have any regrets, they're overridden by the desire to keep an accurate, give or take a whole lot of subjectivity, record of Life As I Know It.

Which brings up the question in the title: does a blog promote personal growth? Heather B., who's just wrapped up two years, would probably say Yes:

I'm proud of what I've done in this space. It's not perfection and I've never wanted it to be some spotless recollection of my first years out of college. I wanted it to be honest, thoughtful and most of all truthful. I have no regrets and no parts over the past two years that I wish I could erase. I've been myself and now can look back and see growth and appreciate the bullshit and the nights out and the days of depression in the dark. I can see it, look back on it and move forward. The fact that I have other people to share it with who can appreciate this "stupid little project" is the strawberry icing on my chocolate cake.

Enjoy your dessert. You've earned it.

Posted at 10:23 AM to Blogorrhea


Your writing muscles improve. That may or may not equate personal growth.

Posted by: Mister Snitch! at 10:31 AM on 15 August 2007

I certainly type faster.

Posted by: Andrea Harris at 11:09 AM on 15 August 2007

As pretentious as this may sound, I feel like I'm producing my own body of scholarship. Even if no one else reads any of it, it's there for me to make use of. If I'm writing a paper on media theory or economics, I know that I have a ton of posts on the subject to turn to rather than having to start from scratch.

I've a lot to say on the subject, but I'd summarize my belief as being simply that blogging like everything else is what you make of it, and at a bare minimum, as Mr. Snitch points out, you get to work on your writing.

Posted by: Adam at 3:52 PM on 15 August 2007

Blogging could contribute to my personal growth if I did more of it, instead of occasionally getting up from the computer and ... doing ... stuff.

I do so get up from the computer and ... do ... stuff.

Stop looking at me like that.

Posted by: McGehee at 4:09 PM on 15 August 2007

I'm not sure whether or not blogging has helped me grow as a person. Although, it has given me a great outlet for all the useless trivia I have floating around in my head.

Posted by: belhoste at 10:49 AM on 16 August 2007