To Spill or Not to Spill (Guts)

Confessional posts are common on WordPress – heck, I’m willing to bet you’ve written a few of them yourself – I know that I have.

There’s a fine line between:

Sharing feelings in a way that genuinely helps the writer come to terms with and get some help for the things that are weighing them down. Spilling one’s guts in a way that one slips and trips in the gory mess and goes down with an almighty thud and brings others down at the same time.

Depression is a real thing and should not be swept under the rug. If someone needs help then they should feel free to reach out for it. That said – I’m not sure how helpful is it to wallow in negative feelings?

I think that the difference between wallowing and reaching out lies in the intention.

If a person is genuinely intending to get help then I would question whether WordPress is the right place to find it. I mean, sure – there are some wonderful people here and no doubt some of them are qualified and practicing professionals but – on the whole – we’re just normal folk trying to get by.

On the other hand, if a person is posting with the intention of having a moan about life, the universe and the impeding robocalypse then …

You know what – this is a really difficult subject to write about and I’m aware that if I continue I’ll probably rub more people up the wrong way than I intentioned so I’ll just say this:

If you want help then get in touch with someone that’s qualified.
If you want to have a moan then make it quick.

That’s it really.

 


(inspired by nothing so much as the sun in the trees and the dew on the grass)

9 thoughts on “To Spill or Not to Spill (Guts)

  1. I know this is a serious post, but I laughed at this part: “Spilling one’s guts in a way that one slips and trips in the gory mess and goes down with an almighty thud and brings others down at the same time.” (Just appreciating your sense of humour, that’s all. I don’t take pleasure in others’ misery.)

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