The Power of Blogging…The Ordinary Moments

When I started my blog just over a year ago I had no idea what I really starting. For me it was a place for me to write everything that was whirling around in mind, a place for me to capture all the moments that I never wanted to forget and a place for me to have something for me.

I quickly found myself in the world of blogging and I would say that 90% of the time its a wonderful place to be. There have been times where I’ve wanted to run away from it and it has felt like I was back in the playground, standing on the edge waiting to see if anyone will ask me to play.

But, its now a place that I can’t imagine not being part of.

One thing that I never really think about is who is reading my blog outside of friends and family. In fact I am so aware that friends and family read my blog, that I had lots of draft posts that I’ve never posted. I’m really lucky that other bloggers come to my blog to read it and that is another great thing about the blogging world, it can be a supportive place. But other than that I don’t really think about people I don’t know and will never know reading it. I know they must because of my page views, I know there aren’t that many bloggers out there!

Then it all changed, I published a post that was very personal to me, a post that took me a lot of courage to press that publish button and a post that I knew would change my life. Sounds a bit dramatic, but stay with me.

The post was this one…Living with Post Natal Depression Behind Closed Doors

It was a post that I needed to write to get it out in the open, to no longer be the elephant in the room, well for me anyway. I’ve worked really hard on my recovery, but without my friends and family knowing about it, I felt it was holding me back to take the next steps.

Did it change my life? Yes, but in ways that I hadn’t considered.

My lovely blogging friend Gemma was probably one of the first people that read it on that Tuesday morning and before I had even had my first coffee of the day, I was tagged in a post on Facebook by her. She had kindly shared my post on her blog, but along with it she had posted a poem that she had been sent by one of her readers about post natal depression. Gemma felt this was the right time to share this poem and it definitely was.

The girl that wrote the poem contacted me and said how moved she was by my post and how brave I was to open up about it. She too was suffering behind closed doors and could relate to my post. I was really touched that my post had meant something to her.

In fact I was contacted by several people over the course of the week, as my post made its way into people’s life through the power of social media. I was overwhelmed that something that I wrote, the words that just poured out of me and onto the screen. Touched people enough that they wanted to contact me.

Then I received a message that brought me to tears. The girl that had wrote the poem and who I had been chatting with, contacted me again to say that because I had been brave to share my battle with post natal depression of so long of keeping it to myself. She had been inspired to do the same and had told her friends and family. She even shared her poem on her own Facebook profile for everyone to see.

I immediately contacted Gemma, because if she hadn’t been so kind to share my post, this girl probably wouldn’t have seen my post, which then led her to take a big step forward in her recovery. She too was in tears over it…

I mean how can something that I wrote inspire someone like that. I know that for a lot of bloggers out there, the posts they write are seen my tens of thousands of people and touch them every day. But, this was the first time for me.

To people that don’t write a blog, it can be hard to get your head around why bloggers do it. Even bloggers question it occasionally. I do it, like must bloggers for the love of writing and for those memories we’ve written about it, to look back on in years to come.

But, now I feel inspired to write more about my post natal depression, to share what my life has been like and what it is like right now living with it. Because if I can help just one person feel better about themselves, or to take a step on their recovery then its worth all the anxiety I feel when I press that publish button.

Blogging is amazing is so many ways, but the power that it has, is something quite special…

Joining Katie and Donna for The Ordinary Moments

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16 Comments

  1. Oh what a wonderful effect of a beautifully written post; it always takes bravery to stand up and shout to the world about the things that make us most vulnerable, but as you’ve discovered, for the most part the support you get back is tenfold, and you never know what your courage might inspire 🙂
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  2. 05/02/2017 / 08:49

    Not only is blogging powerful and amazing – you are too. I can only imagine how hard it must have been to post that and I’m so glad it got such a wonderful reaction. Through this Ordinary Moment linky and IG, I’ve gotten to know you better and I think you are one pretty awesome lady xxx
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  3. 05/02/2017 / 09:22

    That is amazing Laura! Blogging is amazing and so are you. That was the bravest post I’ve read in a long time. It helped me as soon as I read it and I have no doubt that it helped more people than you will ever know. I hope writing helped you just as much xxx
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  4. 05/02/2017 / 09:33

    Well done lovely you should be so proud of yourself. Such an important issue that needs to be talked about more. #ordinarymoments
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  5. 05/02/2017 / 10:01

    Mental health still has so much stigma attached to it that people often feel they can’t say anything to anyone because of the repercussions – I certainly felt that way when I had it. Your post has helped so many people and that is a really wonderful thing x #TheOrdinaryMoments
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  6. 05/02/2017 / 17:07

    The finding you’re not alone and connecting with like minded people who’ve had similar experiences is one of the great things about blogging. I’m so pleased your post found it’s way to someone who needed it and it’s helped them on their journey. The more we talk about things like PND the more it helps 🙂

  7. 05/02/2017 / 19:46

    I love stories like this not that I love anyone going through what you have struggled through and bravely shared but that blogging has given you something so positive to hold onto in life. I feel the same about blogging for a few similar reasons and it really does feel like power too doesn’t it? I am so proud of you and keep writing your blog is lovely. Popping over #ordinarymoments

  8. 05/02/2017 / 20:07

    It’s amazing what blogging and social media can isn’t it? And I’m glad you have felt like it helped others as well as you. When I shared my baby Loss story it was so hard for me given the situation but I too got contacted by so many other women who had even gone through the same and it’s amazing how it can lift a weight knowing it may have helped x
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  9. 05/02/2017 / 22:43

    Well done Laura, it was an amazing post and I’m sure it was a lot of help to loads of people who are suffering in the same way. It’s great to hear that someone has contacted you to tell you that it helped them.
    Nat.x
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  10. 06/02/2017 / 00:33

    I am so glad that you wrote this post as it’s made such a massive difference to so many.

  11. 06/02/2017 / 12:38

    Thats so great. I am sorry you have had to face the awful demon of PND too! I am glad you have used it to help others. I find that whenever I get discouraged with my blog someone gives me a reason to keep going, its lovely really. Keep doing what you’re doing xx #ordinarymoments
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  12. 06/02/2017 / 14:24

    That’s brilliant, good for you opening up and writing about something which so many people can relate to. xx

  13. 06/02/2017 / 18:12

    Wow, that is a great story. I think most bloggers could only dream of being able to be such a positive influence on somebody. I’m sure there were plenty of more people rather than just that one girl who were inspired by your post. I think sometimes we can get caught up with focusing on increasing our readership (or at least I do), rather than trying to accomplish our original goal.
    Well done you!
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  14. 06/02/2017 / 20:03

    THIS is what blogging is about. This is why so many people share their stories – from the little ordinary things to the bigger or more serious things. I am so glad writing that post not only helped you but helped other people x
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  15. 06/02/2017 / 21:11

    That is amazing lovely – well done you! I read your posts nd you should feel very proud of yourself. xxx #ordinarymoments
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