What is a Blog?

What is a Blog?
How Can a Blog Benefit My Professional Career?

A blog is similar to a journal or a log (web log) that contains entries or posts that are organized in reverse chronological order, with the most recent post appearing first. It is typically updated regularly and written in a more informal style. A blog can be written by one person, or by a group of persons. Many online news websites are blogs with multiple authors. These websites have become recognized as important sources of information. Our blogs are all related to mental health topics, and only Members listed in the Professional Mental Health Directory, or invited experts, can post to the blogs. Your blog posts are linked to your directory listing, so anyone reading your posts can quickly review your professional background and how to contact you.

In addition, blogs can be searched using keywords and categories to help readers find information related to their interest or problem, or to find posts written by mental health professionals in their home state. For example, in the Mental Health blog, you can search for all posts by professionals living/working in Ohio, or all of the posts on treating depression in adolescents. Of course, by combining search terms, you can find all of the articles on treating depression in adolescents written by Ohio Mental Health Professionals.  More importantly, search engines can use the post description and keywords to index all of the posts in a blog. We have provided more information on how to write and index your blog posts in another article.

Blog posts are usually shorter than a feature article, and the writing style is less formal. For our purposes, the blogs allow our Members to post short articles about anything related to the topic of the blog. For example, the Eating Disorders blog will contain posts related to eating disorders, and the Addictions blog will contain posts related to addiction. The main blog, the Mental Health blog, will include general posts on any mental health topic. Blog posts may be as short as a paragraph or as long as 1000 words, but there is no actual set limit. In addition, you can publish Feature Articles on the main website that provide a more extensive review of a topic. Feature Articles are reviewed by an editor prior to publication to determine how to categorize the article, and to insure that it is well written and contributes to the knowledge base of Psychology Info. We encourage all of our Members to submit Feature Articles for publication. You can access more information about how to publish a Feature Article by following the link below. 

Blog posts can be less formal, and do not require references. They can describe a project you completed, a paper you published, or a mental health service you provide in a hospital or in your practice. Blog posts about your research can list the reference to your Journal article. If you run a group for ADHD adolescents, you can write a blog post about how the group is helpful. If you provide counseling to people with chronic medical conditions, you can write about that topic. The professional blogs allow you to write about your mental health research, teaching experience, and clinical services.  Your audience can be mental health researchers, clinical mental health professionals, students, mental health policy makers, potential clients for your clinical services, or the general public. Blog posts can educate and inform people, call for changes in the public or private mental health delivery system, challenge current thinking about mental health problems and treatment, or describe new treatment approaches. 

Whether you are a researcher, teacher, clinical supervisor, consultant, or practicing mental health professional, blog posts tell people about your professional life. This can help you to connect with other professionals who have similar interests, and inform people who may want or need your expertise.