Valerie Rice | May 8, 2021
I woke up to the coolest message the other day from Caz at Mental Health 360. She nominated me for the Blogger Recognition Award. So great big “thank you,” and virtual hug of excitement from me to you! Anyone who has yet to visit this blog, pop on over, because she covers a LOT when it comes to mental illness and health and gives fledgling bloggers, like myself, the opportunity to showcase their stuff. Also, she is waaaaay more organized than I am. But my little heart is overwhelmed with happiness, so peruse her site. Here is the link again if you bypassed it.
- Thank the blogger that nominated you and give a link to their site
- Do a post to show your award
- Give a summary of how your blog started
- Give two pieces of advice for any new bloggers
- Select up to 15 other bloggers for this award
- Let each nominee know you’ve nominated them and give a link to your post
MY BLOG’S BEGINNINGS
Once upon a time I got bored. I mean, REALLY bored, and had all this education and professional experience and nowhere to use it thanks to disabilities. So my sister gave me the idea of a blog, and here I am. I discuss mental illness, wellness, and other factors that contribute to psychological well being. This includes politics, religion, and social justice reform. I like to spice it up with personal experience because I am NOT in an office and therefore I can. I also like to provide super cool tips and tricks for living with mental illness and how you can apply them to help improve your daily life. Sometimes my friends ask me to write about a topic they need help with, sometimes I see a lot of people struggling with something on my social media platforms and will address it, sometimes I am dealing with something and need to address it, but no matter what, it is an interesting ride. I have been blogging for less than a year, but it is a wonderful extension of my former career, and I am grateful to be able to use what I have to feel productive and fulfilled. I am so glad people actually like reading it, too.
ADVICE FOR NEW BLOGGERS
- Write about what you know. Writing is a skill, and blogging is slightly different from writing. Attempting to learn a new subject and a new writing style at the same time may be overwhelming. Also, and this is important, writing about what you already know allows a more genuine voice to be heard. A blog is not an assignment, so being genuine has a whole lot of value.
- Follow Your Dopamine. This may be directed primarily at neurodivergent, but I find it best to write when the mood strikes. I have Autism, and my desire to blog comes in waves. I will get 7 or more blog ideas all at once. If I do not write them when my brain wants, I will never write them. If I try and write on a daily schedule, it doesn’t end well. So when my brain screams for blogging, I give it what it wants. Then I schedule publication dates and times. This is supposed to be enjoyable and I never force fun. I let it happen.
MY NOMINEES ARE…
Life All Day: Live Like A Pro and yes, she is my sister. But no, that is not why. She is an amazing writer with an honesty and depth that is easily conveyed in her blog. Her insights into living with mental illness and parenting on the spectrum are both relatable and funny. I appreciate her efforts to reduce the stigma of mental health and her low key advocacy.
The Dark Therapist no relation. Okay, but deliciously honest and also in my niche. This blog is like a throwback to my grad school days and I love seeing how my brain compares to their brain, which might be the autism in me. I also adore how this blogger is busting up the stigma of psychopathy by simply living life and telling us about it. So check it out.
Mental Health @ Home and you are probably sensing a theme. I love mental health blogs. She writes with both candor and humor to smash stigma. I think we need more of this in our lives. How else can we, mental health professionals and patients, ever accomplish our goal of erasing stigma? So read her if you can.
Y’all don’t have to participate, but pretty please let me know if you do! I would love to see your responses.
WHEEEEE! Yeah, those are my thoughts. Questions? Comments? Topics you want to see me cover? I am going to go grab a coffee, but until next time: Be Well!