Kim Komando: Using Blogs as Therapy

Radio tech guru Kim Komando discusses blogging as a sort of therapy:

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I have kept journals since I was a kid. I still have them – an entire box of fabric-covered journals, some scrawled in spiral notebooks, and some are entirely in Russian. (When I was worried people might read them.) They’ve always been a place I can pour out my guts, and have a moment of feeling better.

The personal blog section on this site is exactly that – my way of getting things off my chest. I would highly encourage it as one of the tools towards working on your depression. Like the Digital Goddess Kim says, you can do it for free at blogger.com, and you can be as anonymous as you want. (Cautions below!)

If you haven’t listened to Kim’s show, do it. Even if you think you know everything there is to know about computers and Internet, you’ll find out you don’t and you’ll learn great things. What’s more, she’s just a pleasure to listen to. She’s got something special, and you can’t help but smile when you hear her voice – she’s just that pleasant and refreshing. Her radio show is on every Saturday, and if your local stations don’t carry her, find her on streaming Internet. I promise you won’t be sorry!

Now a word of warning: if you decide to blog (or post on message boards, etc.), consider using a pseudonym and NOT your real name. Or just your first name (if it’s not too unique). Google finds these things and archives them, and I can’t tell you how many emails I get from people who have commented on ect.org (about personal issues with electroshock – and ECT can be like booze and strip some of your normal inhibitions away), and from members of the ECT discussion forums, ZapRap.org.

They’ve used their full names, sometimes even a work email address, Googled themselves, and there they are for everyone to see: discussing their most private issues. Most often, they’re up for a new job and are freaking out that a prospective employer will read this stuff. I can quickly remove a name on the site, but Google isn’t sympathetic and in my experience, not responsive at all. (I need to tell Google to stop archiving my sites.) I’ve fixed the problem with the message board. Now it’s members only and Google is blocked from coming in.

But read these posts as a warning on using your real name. I’m not trying to scare anyone away from blogging, just don’t use your full name unless you want people – friends, family, co-workers, bosses, ministers, etc. – reading it. You would be surprised at how many people Google you.

Another Reason to be a bit coy…

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