My Recovery Blog After One Year

jeepcloseI started this blog one year ago (364 days ago to be precise), and coincidentally, this is my 100th post.  Some reflection:

  • My original purpose for this blog was as a form of personal therapy.  I like the daily reflection approach to recovery.  I find writing to be a fantastic means for self-discovery.  Combining the two allows me a daily reminder of my recovery and an intentional opportunity to be mindful and reflect.  This purpose has been met in the past year.
  • I intended the blog to be a 15-minute exercise on a daily basis.  Like all of my blogging efforts, from typing the first word to hitting the publish button, I generally spend considerably more time than I expect.  Over the past year, I probably posted about 40 times in the first two months, went out of the country for a bit, posted a few times on return, then went quiet till about the first of the year.  I now post 2 or 3 times a week which seems a good schedule.
  • As a general statement, I describe myself as a lazy blogger promotion-wise.  I am surprised at the number of folks who follow this blog.
  • I have come to see blogging as a substantive and meaningful part of my overall recovery.  In fact, I intentionally reduced my 12-Step meeting attendance because of the quality and amount of time I spend in recovery blogging.  The recovery blogs I subscribe to are a source of insights and conversation.  I also am able to share my experience, strength, and hope as in 12-Step meetings.  In several specific instances, I have enjoyed watching how the blogging community provided meaningful and critical support that really made a difference in an addict’s recovery.
  • I have very much enjoyed that blogging has put me in touch with other recovery support, particularly for eating disorder.  In my career world, and in recovery, I have long advocated tearing down the walls that people build for their special situations.  I believe that we can learn more from the whole of addiction recovery than our little segmented part.  In my experience, 12-step meetings do not advocate this approach.

In sum, my experiment in recovery blogging has certainly exceeded my expectations of one year ago.  I like that blogs are another instrument I can add to my ever changing recovery toolkit – reminding me too that recovery is a process and not an event.  Of importance, I also note that blogging has not in any way replaced my 12-step meeting support.  Rather, blogging has become another recovery resource.

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