blogging about aphasia

Blogging About Aphasia

Blogging is a great way to write and share your world with others online. Blogging itself has been around for almost 20 years and is a shortening of the word “weblog,” a web — or internet — log book. Think of it like a journal you share with the world, writing whatever you feel moved to tell readers.

blogging about aphasia

Why Blog?

Blogs can allow loved ones to keep up with your life from afar, give readers insight into what it is like to live with aphasia, and practice using words all at the same time. Plus they’re completely free if you use a service such as WordPress or Blogger (see below). Blogging can be in conjunction with therapy, or it can be used by anyone who wants to improve their writing or reading skills.

Don’t Blog Posts Have to be Long?

Not at all! There is a big microblogging movement, writing tiny posts that are sometimes only a few words or sentences long. Your blog posts can be as long or as short as you wish. You can also use pictures or video to help explain complex ideas.

What Do I Write About?

Anything. Of course, it would be helpful for others to gain a better understanding about aphasia if you share your day-to-day world, but your blog can be about anything. Have a hobby? Tell people about it via blog posts. Do you like to cook? You can share some of your favourite recipes. Take a walk every day and tell people what you see while you’re out of the house. Really, blogs can be about anything you feel moved to write about.

How to Start a Blog

There are plenty of online services that will give you free space online to host your blog. WordPress has a free option, though there are also paid plans. Blogger is another free site. Both are easy to use. Sign up for an account and the site will walk you through the steps of choosing a theme (this is a sample of how your blog will look when you put it online), adjusting your settings, and writing your first post.

Other Blogs to Read

Not sure if blogging is right for you? Why don’t you read someone else’s blog and see if you like the idea of sharing your writing online. These blogs about aphasia are written by aphasia centers or people with aphasia:

  • The Aphasia Center: an aphasia treatment center talks about what is on their members’ minds.
  • Faces of Aphasia: a magazine-style contributor blog rounding up personal stories of aphasia.
  • Aphasia Will Not Be Silent: another site written by multiple authors talking about life with aphasia.
  • Mindpop: a stroke at 26 left her with aphasia. Now she writes about life after her mind went “pop.”

If you are writing a blog (or are moved to start one due to this post), we would love to add it to our list. Please email Melissa at with a link to your blog.

Image: Jamie via Flickr via Creative Commons license



  • Martine Walker
    August 9, 2017 at 10:49 am

    Good afternoon N.A.A., My name is Martine Walker I am a South Africian and my husband Kevin who is 57 suffered a stroke last year (2016) Sept has been diagnosed with Global Aphasia. I am a live in carer in the UK and travel to the UK for about 4 months of work , going home (SA) for a month at most 2 months.
    There are no Aphasia support groups in SA, and I am looking for a support group for my husband BUT I would also like to connect with the people who are having to deal with the person who is affected by Global Aphasia. The anger I feel about it and how to deal with the he frustrations of the he his whole thing… Is there anyone out the he his here that can help me please ??? Martine

  • Chrys B
    August 4, 2018 at 9:39 am

    A couple of weeks ago, I struggled to understand the meaning of words in a news article. Words that would normally be easy for me to grasp. One morning recently, I made a phone call (business) and had to hang up to get the facts straight; I actually had to write sentences down to complete the phone call. The severity of the memory loss has since decreased, but I still miss words that were once familiar. (When I called back, the assistant asked if I was okay!)

    At that point I realized that for several months I would forget certain words such as names of food, rooms, etc. and using “work-around” words to communicate: instead of telling a guest where the washer or laundry room was, I had to say “The place to wash clothes.” When this first started I just thought it was a normal lapse.

    I’ve done a lot of research on this and found Aphasia information, and believe this is causing my problem. I’ve made an appointment with a PhD Psychiatrist who is well recommended. (5 hour day of extensive testing.) I’ll know in a couple of weeks what his opinion is.

    I am 60 years old, happily married, generally free of stress, dealing with cancer. Recently retired. Worked a professional career and raised two successful children. It’s scary to think that I am losing my speech and comprehenshion of reading.

    Any shared stories and ideas are greatly appreciated!

  • Glenn GOLDBLUM
    February 20, 2019 at 6:09 pm

    Hi Martine

    Stroke support groups can be an enormous help for both your husband , yourself and your family.

    South Africa does have support groups:

    if your husband is living in South Africa, I suggest you contact either:

    Stroke Aid Johannesburg:

    phone: (011) 728-7585 or E-mail:;

    Or: HEADWAY : (011) 442-5733; Email:

    Or in Pretoria: BRAINLIFE : phone: (083) 736-1756; or E-Mail:

    I hope you find one of these of great support to you both .


    Dr Glenn Goldblum, D.Phil.

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