Here at Pregnets, we want to make sure we are helping our users – including pregnant women, postpartum mothers, families and support networks, and health care providers – as best as we can. Since we wrapped up the Pregnets blog in July, we took some time to speak with 5 women about their experiences blogging for Pregnets. The following is the first in a series of blog posts highlighting some of the major lessons we learned from our conversations with our bloggers.
Lesson #1: Blogging is a great way to self-reflect!
All women we spoke to expressed how blogging provided them with an opportunity to reflect on their lives, their personal smoking histories, their motivations for smoking, and their goals for being smoke-free. Bloggers explained how blogging pushed them to physically write down their thoughts and feelings, instead of keeping them bottled up. One blogger shared: “The blogging helped me a lot. Just writing down my emotions, writing down what I’m thinking instead of ignoring it. It’s actually the first time in my life that I actually had to face it.”
All the women we spoke to believed that seeking out opportunities to self-reflect, through blogging or other approaches, is a great way to learn more about oneself: “I learned that I am stronger than I thought I was. I learned who my helps are…like everyone who helps me” or reinforce what you already know: “It reminded me of the things that I may have forgotten about, and the things that I’m capable of doing…It just kind of reinforces the things that I can do to be successful in this journey.”
Our Pregnets bloggers signed up to blog as a way to share their stories with other women in their shoes. Over time, they appreciated the chance to learn more about themselves and we hope they (and you!) will continue to explore their journeys to live healthy, smoke-free lives.