Reason #1 ― Blogging can be good for you; it is beneficial for people to share the contents of their heart in healthy ways.
Science research says: “Scientists (and writers) have long known about the therapeutic benefits of writing about personal experiences, thoughts and feelings. But besides serving as a stress-coping mechanism, expressive writing produces many physiological benefits. Research shows that it improves memory and sleep, boosts immune cell activity, and even speeds healing after surgery.” (from Scientific American Magazine, May 2008).
The Bible says: The Bible advocates sharing your true thoughts and feelings with God and with each other. Jesus told his disciples that he considered them his friends because He felt it a privilege to reveal all the intimate details that He knew about His Father with them. David held nothing back from God in His communiqués with Him in the psalms and we can expect he was just as candid in his personal relationships. And Paul’s emotions as well as thought and experiences are written out with expressiveness and clarity in his epistles. In Scripture we are also commanded to comfort each other with the comfort we have received from God (2 Cor 1:3-4) and to share freely with one another (Heb. 13:16). Blogging is just another vehicle for “one another” ministry and an online community that shares God’s love through the written word is in my opinion a justified and much needed extension of the Body of Christ.
Praise be to the God and Father of our Lord Jesus Christ, the Father of compassion and the God of all comfort, who comforts us in all our troubles, so that we can comfort those in any trouble with the comfort we ourselves have received from God. 2 Cor 1:3-4 (NIV)
But do not forget to do good and to share, for with such sacrifices God is well pleased.
Heb 13:16 (NKJV)
Reason #2 ― Blogging gets you connected!
Scientific research says: “Blogging can help you feel less isolated, more connected to a community and more satisfied with your friendships, both online and face-to-face, new Australian research from University of Technology in Melbourne, has found after two months of regular blogging, people felt they had better social support and friendship networks than those who did not blog.” (from ABC Science Online
The Bible stresses the need for connectivity in the Body of Christ. It is important that Christians feel a part of a dynamic community for fellowship and support. Humans were not designed for isolation but for relationship. We all know that men and women were not meant to live alone (Gen 2:18) and it is not good when human beings find themselves separated from the regular companionship of others. With this in mind utilizing the internet is a great way for people to reach out and connect. Blogging is an especially useful vehicle for single individuals who live in solo conditions because it is a way to be in contact with others from the restful recesses of your own home. If you have not yet tried blogging—try it you’ll like it! It gives you a chance to know others and be known—and that is always a very great thing.
We should help others do what is right and build them up in the Lord. Romans 15:2 (NLT)
And let us not neglect our meeting together, as some people do, but encourage one another. Heb 10:25 (NLT)
What are the things you find interesting about the phenomenon we call blogging? Feel free to share how interacting with the cyberspace community has changed your life for the good or for the bad. Also discuss how “blogging” in particular has benefited you.