Written by Dr. Eric Perry, PhD
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We all have our personal reasons for wanting to publically journal or dare to attempt to write for others. I started my blog 2 years ago as a way to escape. At this time, I was beginning to work on my Ph.D. My proposal had been approved and now came the difficult part of literature research and writing down coherently on paper what I had in my head.
I remember the exact night I started the blog. It was after midnight and ahead of me, I had hours of reading and writing. I have to admit I was lonely and seeking some sort of camaraderie as well as escape from my present task. I downloaded the WordPress app and tried to think of what to write that would be of interest to others and myself. My first post was “3 Steps to Stand Out in a Crowd.” It was an unusual topic that had nothing to do with psychology but at the time it felt like that was what I needed. Between work, trying to finish my pre-doctorate hours, researching and beginning to write my dissertation I was beginning to feel unconnected with myself and others. The post was about 200 words and I have to admit, not very good! But to my relief, no one was judging.
My first “like” was thrilling and my first “follow” validating. Someone else was actually up and either reading or writing on their own blog. To my surprise, they had read and connected with me. I soon found out that there were a lot of fellow night owls on WordPress, as well as, international readers who were starting their day as I ended mine. I believe in some way, we all write for connection. We seek to connect with ourselves or with our fellow man or woman. In the past 2 years, I believe I have read hundreds if not thousands of blog posts. I am not going to name any specific blogs as all are deserving of mention. WordPress is a beautiful community of nonjudgmental and supportive people. It is full of individuals who want to find a way to express their interests, passions, loves, creativity, sorrows, and pains. So many times, I have been moved to tears as I read the pains and sorrows of others. Your bravery is inspiring and it makes me want to be a better human and the best therapist I can be.
The habit of writing late at night is no longer a habit as it has become part of who I am. I love reading and exploring other blogs. I try to like everything I read to encourage others. I want to make a promise to the blogging community that I will only write positive and helpful content. By doing this, I feel that I am giving back to the blog community that has given me so much.
In closing, I would like to say thank you to everyone on WordPress. You have made me a better person, therapist and for sure a better writer. Keep writing and expressing your soul in words. Keep encouraging and supporting your fellow bloggers. I would love to hear from you! Why do you blog and what are the rewards and negatives (if any) that you have encountered?
Ph.D. in Clinical Psychology
M.A. in Clinical Psychology
B.A. in Psychology
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