Vanessa Dias is a former psychologist who now works as an international blogger and wellbeing activist. She is the writer behind thewellbeingblogger.com, a platform through which she has been supporting people from all over the world on their journey towards happiness and wellbeing. She also offers online coaching sessions and workshops as a professional Life/Wellbeing coach and Psychology doctor.
Why do you blog?
I started my blog as a way to reconnect; first with myself and then with others through my writing. At the time, I was trying to fit in the academic world and I struggled really hard with it, both physically and emotionally. I was also living abroad, and I went through several “dark nights of the soul” by myself. I honestly can say that my blog and the people that are part of it saved my life. I also had had several blogs since age twelve, but my current blog is by far the longest project I ever maintained, probably because I get to talk about what matters most to me and what I’m more passionate about – human development and wellbeing.
What motivates you to blog?
I think I have two different motives to blog. One is more internal; the other is more external. Blogging is a way to satisfy my own need of understanding my feelings, thoughts, and behaviours, but I also blog to connect with others and to feel part of a community in which I feel good in. I think being a “blogger” grants me the freedom I need to be myself and it also allows me to understand life better, because other bloggers feel safe to share their own stories and experiences with me. I believe being a blogger is much more than being a writer – you build a platform that connects you directly with people and the relationship with your audience can be much deeper and more human.