Of Necessity

I started writing this blog in late August, when I launched my private practice. Its purpose has been to provide a public service by posting about mental health topics/links and also by featuring words that provoke thought.

At the same time, I started a personal blog using a pseudonym. I’d had a personal blog previously, only my Real Life Name was connected to it. People searching for me as a therapist would discover it first, and this would not be helpful in therapy. So I had to delete it, but I could not delete the need for free, deeply personal expression. The personal blog features posts of my ordinary life, topics as mundane as my health renovation project (as I call it), what movie I saw, what I did last weekend, etc. It also features poetry and quotes, soul-searching exploration of meaning in my life, reminiscences, and so on.

I’ve noticed something. I spend much more time hanging out at that blog. It has twice as many visitors as this one. When I sit down to write in this blog, it feels like “work.” After all, it is part of my work. However, because I need to be mindful (pun intended) of my communication here, there is a rein on my thought process. I am far more passionate about my personal life, I suppose.

I’m not sure what to do about this, but perhaps writing about it will inspire me.

By the way, I’ve reopened comments. Due to spamming, I’d closed them until I could install a plug-in that will close the comments after X days. All previous posts will remain unavailable for commenting, though.

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2 Comments on “Of Necessity”

  1. Chad Says:

    This is kind of like your ‘yin’. I find I have to be more serious and forthright on that blog because it is where I go to argue. On yang, which gets far more traffic, I can just be Chad.

  2. Kathryn Says:

    Yes, exactly!! It’s an interesting exercise, I suppose — developing these two sides of oneself. Guess I’m still feeling my way.