Welcome to part 3 in our series of blog posts highlighting some of the major lessons we learned from our conversations with Pregnets bloggers.
Lesson #3: Blogging provides a sense of community with your peers
As we’ve discussed in our last two posts, the process of blogging provides some personal benefits including acting as a distraction from cravings, and offering a chance for self-reflection. What about the social benefits of blogging?
In the wider blogging community, there is a chance there are others who are thinking about/experiencing/wanting to talk about the very thing you are writing about. This was certainly the case for Pregnets bloggers. Our bloggers expressed enjoying reading each other’s posts. One of our bloggers shared, “It was really reassuring to know that I wasn’t the only one struggling to deal with quitting.” Many bloggers appreciated how the blog made them feel like they were “not alone” in their feelings during their quitting journeys.
We also received comments from readers about how useful Pregnets posts have been for them. Sometimes they thank our bloggers for a helpful post, or wish them luck in their quit journeys. Our bloggers appreciated the support and the feeling of reassurance that they have a network of peers rooting for them. As one blogger expressed, “You got a whole community that you never knew existed before that you can talk to about the things that you’re feeling and like it’s hard to quit smoking and that other people are going through it as well so you know you’re not alone.”
If you would like to add some of your own experiences with blogging or reading others’ blogs, please share them in the Comments section below!