More blogging in Recovery.
More blogging in Recovery.
I really do think that blogging, is becoming an important part of recovery for many people. At one time there was just a few 12 step forums, and a couple of small anti AA sites, but things have changed and people have started building their own blogs and communities. Many people realise that they do not want to attend groups such as AA, and in the past it was difficult for them to communicate with other people, who were following their own path to get well. This has changed in the last few years, and lots of people are encouraging each other, and talking about the different ways they have found to recover online. I see this as a really positive thing.
Here is a post from substance.com http://www.substance.com/recovery-2-0-how-the-internet-revolutionized-sobriety/10646/ which is a good article, talking about various blogs on the web, that are done by individuals. It includes the www.soberistas.com which I have talked about several times on this site. They also mention that people stay away from badly run forums, that are poorly moderated, and avoiding the pack mentality of these places. These sites are often the places where disruptive people who are refered to as trolls online, base themselves.
The sites mentioned in the substance.com piece are well run and safely moderated, as are the sites on my blogroll. There are also sites that let you sign up to newsletters which can be really useful. Through one of these, I recently became aware of this non 12 step site which has a good blog attached to it which some of you may find interesting. You can find it here http://www.non12step.com/blog . the site contains many resources, and is useful if you wish to compare the differences between 12 step, and non 12 step solutions. They offer professional help.
I have been running this site www.recoveringfromrecovery.com since last November and it is starting to get quite big. It has brought me into contact with a much wider group of people, than if I had just attended a recovery group or taken part on a forum. By writing about certain subjects, I have a clearer idea about some issues than before and have looked at many alternative methods of recovery. I am also in contact with several people who I probably would not have met otherwise via email, which is a good thing. By deciding to have a books section on here, it has forced me to read quite a few books on the subject, which I may not have done otherwise. It is easy to develop a closed mind in “recovery” and not think for yourself. It is also hard to put forward alternative ideas, in a recovery group, as you will often be shunned by other members of that community. This happens on online forums, as much as in formal face to face groups. Having your own blog allows you to speak freely about issues that are meaningful to you.
I guess my blog is a bit different to most as I had several years of living alcohol and drug free before I started it. I still find it valuable, but would certainly recommend starting an anonymous blog to anyone who is new to recovery. It will give you some focus, and will bring you into contact with other people. I would certainly avoid using your real name, especially if you write something that you later regret. There are also a few people out there, who are only interested in disrupting, and who spend a huge amount of their empty lives trolling other people online. They often come from the badly run unmoderated sites. It is also a good idea to use a different email address than your main one for blogging.
It is easy to start a blog and WordPress is the most popular format. You can get a free blog setup here https://wordpress.com . My site runs on WordPress and has a complicated template or theme. This takes a while to figure out, and is not a good idea for somebody who is doing a website for the first time! This site is a lot harder to manage than I intended, and keep that in mind if you look for templates. I would advise starting with something simple, this site nearly drove me mad at the start. Having said that, something that takes up time, in early days of going alcohol free is a good thing, so mastering WordPress might actually help.
Good luck if you decide to join the blogging community, it does take a while to get used to running a site, but is very rewarding when you can look back at your work.Google+