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Blogging Your Heart Away for Mind Fitness and Making New Friends

Posted Oct 08 2008 4:19pm

Have you always thought you had a lot to say? Do you have a book lurking within you? Do you want to leave a legacy to your grandchildren of the memories, ideas, and inspirational messages you think about? Do you want to communicate with people you've met around the world, but don't want to call or write to each one separately?

Not only will it prepare you for publishing your book, but blogging provides much more than that. "Put It In Writing," (by Ronni Bennett ) an article in WSJ's Encore section states that "blogging is one of the best ways to stir up your blood, brain and beliefs in later life."

By stirring up your blood, brains, and beliefs, it increases dendrite formation. That means it leads to more brain fitness. As we research, sort through, and compose posts for our blogs, we are continually exercising our brains, much as we do for our bodies when we power walk with weights in our hands or ride the elliptical machine.

In addition, an invaluable benefit of blogging is the social interaction you engender by asking for and receiving comments on your blog and by adding comments to other like-minded people's blogs. In "Put It In Writing" Bennett mentions friends she's made all over the world in her years of blogging. She even has met some of these people in person as she or they have traveled. A bonus especially for people who were accustomed to socializing with their co-workers, but no longer have so many built-in associates as they did when they went to the office every day.

Some of the blogs Bennett mentions are worth knowing about: My Moms Blog by 82 year old Millie Garfield; All About Olive by 108 year old Australian Olive Riley; and Kalilily Time by Elaine Frankonis.

Do you want to know how to get started blogging? Visit my mentors' site and get some easy training with The Blog Squad. And comment here if you have had experience with blogging you'd like to share. Write to me at

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