First, what exactly is a blog?
“A blog (an abridgment of the term web log) is a website where entries are commonly displayed in reverse chronological order.” Source.
And how many blogs are out there? The estimated 112.8 million English speaking blogs is probably an underestimate.
So why blog? Why write a book or create the lyrics to a song? Do you have something to say that others want to hear?
If you are a cancer patient, you are one of 10,326,000 people. Source.
This doesn’t include cancer survivors.
That’s a lot of people you have a commonality with, not to mention every single person touched by cancer.
Does your journey have a value to others? I think so and obviously so do others.
There is a huge relief that comes from reading a journey similar to your own. That sense of not being alone is hugely comforting. As we’ve discussed before regarding social platforms, sometimes it does take one to know one. Who truly knows what you are dealing with every moment of every day better than someone who IS there, right beside you, in a similar situation?
A New York Times article, February 26, 2008 discusses the value of chronicling for cancer patients. The Power of Words for Cancer Patients.
How Long is Forever?
Remember: Forever is a long, long time. The amount of personal information you put out on the internet will stay there forever. It can return to haunt you. And indeed the government has ruled that IP addresses are similar to phone numbers and can be monitored. Source. If you don’t want your employer or your insurance provider’s secretary to know everything about your journey, then maintain anonymity when you blog.
Rules for the blogging road:
Keep it relevant.
Keep it up.
Where to start?
Blog For a Cure, a community of cancer survivors supporting each other, offers free blogs for cancer patients and a community already set up that is exclusive to cancer patients. This community is commercial free.
There are numerous ways to set up a blog and many platforms, nearly every internet provider allows and encourages a free blog option.
Get started with a great book on blogging.
There are many excellent personal cancer blogs, so many that Battling Cancer could never mention them all.
Here are a few favorites. Feel free to send yours or one you regularly read and we will share it or link to it.
Check out the links section for more blogs.