In my catch up blog reading, I have noticed a lot of painful experiences. Accidents, illnesses, deaths, relationships, jobs, any of the stuff of everyday life can cause pain--physical or emotional. We all cope in different ways, but, for those of us accustomed to writing, the very act of writing things down can be a tool for dealing with whatever life throws at us. It seems that writing a blog brings us into contact with a supportive, like-minded community of individuals we might otherwise never have met. This may not necessarily be a substitute for the support of family and friends in "real life," but it is certainly another source--and who doesn't need a little extra support or an added prayer at some point?
Another thing, I often note is that we tend to apologize because we are not "supposed to" mention our aches and pains, examine our trials, expose our emotions in public. Perhaps this is a generational thing. I remember bursting into tears at the wake of my father and my mother apologizing to those who were there by saying, "She was always the emotional one in our family." That really says volumes--and not necessarily about me.