I just received an email from a friend who is urging me to step away from my blog because she believes it to be detrimental to my mental and emotional health. She expressed that it’s her opinion that “this blog is bad for [me].” She says that even though I maintain it’s a place for me to work through my demons, that spending so much time dwelling on this negativity will allow it to seep into my every day life. She asks the question, “Is it helpful to spend hours of time and energy sharing those emotions?”
She goes on to write about the “well-studied danger of the echo-chamber effect” in which she challenges that while it may feel good that friends with good intentions comfort me in my dark times, it is ultimately not good for me to have others “reinforcing [my] negative thoughts.”
I’m curious what your thoughts are on this. Do you believe our blogs are just echo-chambers, where we feed off the frenzi of each other’s unhappiness? Do you believe my blog is actually hindering my ability to handle TTC positively? Could I really handle this all much better, as she assures me I could, if I just stepped away? If I wrote earlier that I was going to stop writing negatively here, in an attempt to foster positivity in my life, was I conceding her point before she even made it? Does writing about the hard stuff in our lives only help us to dwell on it or to move past it?
I’d really like to hear what you all think about this before I post a response to it myself. What has your experience been on this? Has anyone challenged your participation on your blog or in this community? If so, how did you respond? If someone were to challenge it, what would you say?