Beginning with this post, I’m going to start expanding the content beyond the scope of gaming. It’s something I need to do for myself and you are more than welcome to come along for the ride.
A Little History First, Mostly for Me
When I blogged as Mama Druid in 2008, I wanted to use blogging as a tool to enhance my writing and to participate in the WoW blogging community. I also wanted to stand out as a voice for the casual player, which wasn’t heard much back then. My blog lasted eight months before real life commitments—full-time job, two active teenagers, etc.—won the battle for my time.
In 2010, I was diagnosed with an autoimmune disease—Multiple Sclerosis (MS). I started a new blog to document my experience. Once again, I wanted to stand out as a voice for a lesser known/vocal group—those who are treating their disease naturally. If you are curious, read about why I said no to pharmaceuticals.
Blogging = Better Health?
I found that when I was actively blogging, my health improved and I felt better. Here, an excerpt from the last post on MS Newb:
Actively posting seems to help me manage myself better. I’m sure I’ve mentioned this before, but [it] just seems strange to me that my accountability is enhanced by writing stuff about myself in a virtual space that anyone can access. I suppose it’s like journaling… except for the lack of privacy aspect. It’s weird. Blogging to the world is like standing on a street corner reading your journal entries out loud.
Source: Howdy Doody!
At the beginning of this year, 2016, I spent some time coming up with my word of the year—instead of a list of resolutions—and through it learned why blogging personal stuff in a public space works for me. I’m an INFP and Explorer archetype (and player type too!), which means I have an inner desire to live authentically and share my journey, in whatever form that may be; virtual or real. Publicly sharing my goals reinforces my Explorer (sharing my journey) and social accountability helps me achieve my objectives.
One Blog to Rule Them All
As I don’t want to manage two blogs, I’m continuing the types of posts I published on MS Newb here. I have to. While my MS is mild, and I feel quite lucky it isn’t worse and hasn’t worsened since I was diagnosed, the inconsistency in my diet will eventually catch up to me. I must make a permanent change this year.
My word for 2016 is HEALTHY. I truly believe the social accountability aspect of blogging, whether real or imagined, will help me achieve my goals.
I’m not sure where we are headed, but I can guarantee you’ll learn something along the way.
I can’t promise this won’t happen.
Ok, maybe not that. I don’t go to bars. But you’ve been warned!