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