It’s a good question. Why do I share my most intimate and private details on the internet for all to see?
I was mulling it over, on the sacred throne, and I was trying to figure out why I write.
Initially I did it because I found the process quite cathartic. If you look back at some of my previous posts, there’s a few rants, the “Why me?” posts because it was the easiest way to get out the emotions that I was feeling without having to burden them onto someone else.
The more I started to blog, the posts started to evolve from rants to my experiences. I realised that I could help people by writing what I was going through. People don’t tend to talk about having a bowel disease, especially at my age (I’m now 24, was diagnosed at 19 in case you were wondering) because it’s an embarrassing disease.
I write about my experiences, so that people with IBD realise that there are others that go through some really tough difficult situations, but more importantly they come out on the other side.
One thing I also want to make clear, I don’t write my posts because I believe that what I have done, you should do too.
IBD is different for everyone, what works for me, might not work for you. I write them so that you can go away and have a think about it. Maybe you’ll try something that I have found out, maybe you won’t and that’s okay. I just want you to think a little differently because it could help to find something that works for you.
I also write for those who have no idea what it’s like to live with IBD. I bare all so that people who don’t understand can begin to grasp what it is like living with this disease. Knowledge is power. The more people that know about this, the more awareness we spread, the closer we become to understanding this disease and ultimately finding a cure.
So why do you blog? Why do you read other blogs? Are there any favourites that you’d like to recommend for others to check out?