I just finished reading an article in a health magazine indicating the possible health benefits of blogging.
The article indicated the following blogging-health rewards…
Improved Immunity: Expressive writing has the ability of encouraging white blood cell growth, which in turn fights off infection.
A Hardy Heart: Writing about emotionally inspired topics has the possibility of lowering blood pressure and heart rate, giving you improved heart health.
Sounder Slumber: Blogging about your true feelings encourages relaxation, helping you sleep more restfully.
So if you’ve been sick a lot this year, maybe you are not posting enough. Maybe you need to post more often about how you REALLY feel about things.
Don’t be afraid to bring up unpopular issues. Differing opinions are always interesting to read.
Not sleeping? Tell more of the nitty-gritty…I’d love to hear about it.
For me personally, I had only one bad cold in 2008. Did blogging save me from all the flu bugs? Was it all the emotional political-economy posting keeping me healthy? Who knows, but the possible health benefits will let you justify your blog writing/reading addictions.
So in honor of expressive writing and what brought you, the readers, out in groves, either through laughter, complaining or wanting to share your opinion….I bring to you the Top 10 non-food posts of 2008. Since my Top 10 posts are all food, I went through and found the Top 10 non-related to food posts most popular by site statistics.
These posts, for whatever reason, encouraged immunity for me (I think) and the good health.
Again, Dave Letterman style…
#10. Three Things The Wild Boar Has Never Forgiven Me For… I guess you all wanted to read about my sins.
#9. A Cop, A Judge, A District Attorney, Lies and Me…My personal quest with the judicial system, including my vindication. I can’t even tell you how many emails I still get about this one; people sharing their own personal stories. Sounds like it continually happens to a lot of folks. Bummer.
#8. What Would Seinfeld Do? A very weird story about some former friends leaving me feeling this would only happen on a Seinfeld episode. Unfortunately, it was my real life.
#7. Lady…Just Shut Up Already A tale about a woman who really got my goat in a restaurant. I flipped out.
#6. I Know This Woman Who’s Husband A story about a crazy-controlling husband.
#5. Take ‘Em Off Or Leave ‘Em On The passionate feelings about having to take off your shoes upon entering someone else’s house. Everyone had their opinion.
There was a tie for #5…weird, but here it is…
#5. The Great Debate…At My Kitchen Table Where we tried to figure out if salad should be on its own plate. You all had so many opinions about it!
#4. Please Tell Me What This Means Where we tried to figure why a Little League Mom wanted her son’s trophy thrown away. It still makes me angry.
#3. Obama Supporters…Convince Me During pre-election time, this was an emotionally charged outpouring of opinions.
#2. Convince Me One Way Or Another Where I debated getting an artificial Christmas tree or not and EVERYONE had something to say.
#1. What Bothers You Most About Certain Blogs Everyone really let their feelings out here and it went around the web many times over. I think the most unpopular aspect being music on a blog.
So go forth and blog emotionally, blog for your health…it just might be good for you!
And if you don’t have a blog…maybe it’s time you start one…for your well-being of course.