The Vermont Connection


Melissa Carlson


Blogging has its roots in journal writing and has risen in popularity as a form of self-care practice. As the modern day diary, blogs are a medium through which authors can share their thoughts, feelings, and experiences with peers in the form of self-disclosure. Unlike the key-locked diaries of the past, blogs provide student affairs practitioners with the unique opportunity for reader feedback in the form of commentary. The give-and-take between blog authors and their readers has been associated with many physical and psychological benefits that go far beyond the keyboard. Many higher education professionals have already begun tapping into these benefits and are finding camaraderie through reading and writing blogs. Practitioners seeking community and an outlet for self-disclosure should consider blogging as a form of self-care.