Blogging chums award

Blogging chums award

Yippee!  Thanks so much to Emilia at My Inner MishMash for nominating me for the Blogging Chums Award.

The Blogging Chums Award is given to particularly brilliant bloggers who are really providing something special to the community, either through their writing or the way they engage with other people: they’re just brilliant!  The award was created by Robert at The Non-Alcoholic Student.

Here are the rules:

1. Be sure to use the award image!
2. List the rules & about paragraph!
3. Thank whoever nominated you!
4. Write a letter to someone who means a lot to you to spread some positivity around the Internet – anyone will do!
5. Nominate 5-10 more people for the award and go let them know about it in their comments!

My letter:

Dear Grandma,

Thank you for being one of the most important figures in my life.  You’ve always been 110% on my side, and frequently tell me how wonderful/smart/beautiful I am.  Your home has always been my 2nd home, where one of the bedrooms is designated as “Ashley’s room”.  You never took anything too seriously, and you could always see the humour in everything.  Much of our time together is spent laughing, and when my brother and I were young we had the most fun when we were staying at Grandma’s house.  I have learned so much from you about the history of our family, and I feel like I know well all of these people that I never had the opportunity to meet.

Back in the day when it wasn’t considered acceptable to do so, you walked out on your husband because he was putting you down rather than lifting you up.  That must have taken so much courage.

It’s truly amazing that you’ve made it to 101 years old.  I know that means I won’t have you around for much longer, but I try to avoid thinking about that.  Age has taken its toll on your memory, but you still have the same spark and readiness to laugh.  Some of my favourite moments have always been those times I’ve spent with you.  You have truly brought light to my life.

Much love forever,

Ashley

 

Nominees:

Thanks again to My Inner MishMash for nominating me.❤️  Happy blogging everyone!

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Sunshine Blogger Award

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I swear, it’s raining sunshine!  I’m so excited to be recognized by fellow bloggers Sibple: My not so simple bipolar lifeOrange Walls, Midsummer DaydreamerBlooming Bipolar, Blue Sky Days 365Imayormaynotkillmyself, and MentallyNotReyt, who’ve nominated me for the Sunshine Blogger Award.  If you aren’t familiar with these blogs yet, please check them out, because they’re awesome 🙂

The rules:

  • Thank the blogger(s) who nominated you in the blog post and link back to their blog.
  • Answer the 11 questions the blogger(s) asked you.
  • Nominate 11 new blogs to receive the award and write them 11 new questions.
  • List the rules and display the Sunshine Blogger Award Logo in your post and/or on your blog.

Questions from Sibple:

  1. Do you write anywhere else besides your blog? (other blogs, websites, journal, etc.)  Before I started blogging I had some work published in a few nursing and mental health journals.  Now I mostly write on my blog, with the occasional guest post on another site.
  2. Where is your favorite place to write? (your desk, outside, etc.) Sitting on my bed.
  3. Do you share your blog with friends and family or do you remain anonymous? I’ve told people that I blog but haven’t shared my blog name/site with them.
  4. What other topics have you considered writing about?  I feel like all the important stuff I have to say is somehow connected to the topic of mental health.
  5. If you could be granted a new talent, what talent would you like to have?  I would like to be good at job interviews.
  6. When the mood strikes…is it to sing or to dance? Dance
  7. What song(s) can affect your mood in a positive way?  Fun favorites from the 80’s, like New Kids on the Block.
  8. What is your ideal vacation spot? Somewhere off in a foreign country where everything (culture, landscape, etc) is totally different from home.
  9. What bad habit do you have that you wish you could break?  The skin on my hands can get scaly from eczema, and I pick at it.  It’s really quite gross, but that hasn’t stopped me yet.
  10. Where is the first place you would go or travel to if you won the lottery? Tibet.
  11. What household chore do you hate the most? Taking out the garbage.

Questions from Orange Walls:

  1. What/who inspires you to blog? My own experiences as well as what other bloggers have to say.
  2. What are your favourite self-care tips and tricks? Aromatherapy is a fave.  And time with my guinea pigs.
  3. Where do you see your blog in 5 years? Hopefully still going!
  4. What is the hardest part of your illness(es)?  This is a tough one.  I’d say that while there were various symptoms that felt really tough at the time, probably the biggest thing is the extent of its effect on many different aspects of my life.
  5. What thing(s) can you celebrate about yourself?  I make learning a priority in my life.
  6. Do you have any hobbies? If not, what hobbies can you see yourself doing and why? Blogging and guinea pig mothering.
  7. Where do you blog/write (i.e at a desk, in the kitchen…) and why?  Sitting on my bed because it’s comfy and I have the guinea pigs nearby.
  8. What kinds of tips can you give to someone who has recently been diagnosed? Be open to learning from as many different sources as you can find.  No one’s illness is going to be exactly like yours, but that doesn’t mean you can’t learn valuable things from them.
  9. What is your favourite season and why? Early fall, because I like the warm golden sunlight and the leaves changing colors.
  10. What keeps you blogging when barriers exist?  The WordPress community.  This is an amazing group of people we’ve got here.
  11. If you have 1 thing to say to your readers to inspire them, what would it be? Find your passion and follow it wherever it will take you.

Questions from Midsummer Daydreamer:

  1. What fictional place would you most like to go? The world of My Little Ponies 🙂
  2. What hobby would you get into if time and money weren’t an issue? I would travel more and fly first class.
  3. What job would you be terrible at? Probably a lot of them, but I’ll go with telemarketing, because I hate talking on the phone and I’d hate feeling like I was bugging people.
  4. Are you usually early or late?  It stresses me out to be late, so I’m always early.
  5. When people come to you for help, what do they usually want help with?  School/course-related stuff.
  6. What are some small things that make your day better?  Five small things: my pet guinea pigs!
  7. What’s the farthest you’ve ever been from home?  I’ve gone pretty far afield, maybe the farthest being India or Tanzania.
  8. What is something that a ton of people are obsessed with, but you just don’t get the point of? Various social media.  A lot of that stuff I don’t even know what it is.
  9. What would you rate 10/10?  The movie Dirty Dancing
  10. What fad or trend do you hope comes back?  Hmmm…  There was a lot of pretty fun stuff in the ’80s, but it’s probably best that it stay there.  I loooooved my acid wash jeans wish slouch socks and bright blue Converse high tops, but somehow I don’t think it would translate that well in the present day.
  11. Where is the most relaxing place you’ve ever been?  Various beaches, but also Luang Prabang in Laos – even the souvenir sellers would be sprawled out napping in the middle of the day.

Questions from Blooming Bipolar:

  1. What is your favorite book? Pride and Prejudice by Jane Austen.
  2. Do you have a pet, what do you have? 5 guinea pigs!
  3. What is your ideal vacation spot? I’ve answered this one above
  4. What’s your favorite meal? Cheeseburgers 🙂
  5. Which TV character do you identify with the most? Not sure, but some similarities with Monica on Friends.
  6. What did you want to be when you were a child? A cardiologist
  7. Who would you love to see in concert?  I’m actually not all that keen on concerts.
  8. How long have you been blogging? 6 months
  9. Which time period would you love to live in?  If we’re talking recent past, I’d say the 80’s.  Going further back, I’d say the Jane Austen era.
  10. Which movie can you watch over and over again? Dirty Dancing and Top Gun.
  11. What do you do for self-care? I love afternoon naps.  I don’t usually sleep, but I love to just lie there and turn my brain off for a while.

Questions from Blue Sky Days 365:

  1. What is your favourite time of day, and why?  I’m an early riser, and I like being awake while the rest of the world around me is still sleeping.
  2. Which country have you visited most often?  The United States because it’s close by; otherwise, there’s too many new places to go to do repeats.
  3. What one thing would change your life for the better?  Remission!
  4. What decade did you enjoy most and why?  I was a kid in the 80’s, and it was so much fun.
  5. What would you spend a £1000/$1000 prize on? Travelling!
  6. What was your favourite band as a child?  I was a huge New Kids on the Block fan, particularly around grade 4-ish.  I had an awesome NKOTB t-shirt.
  7. What could you not live without?  Some type of internet-accessing device.
  8. What is your favourite play/musical/theatre show?  Hmm, not sure.  But Phantom of the Opera was the very first musical I ever saw, and I loved it.
  9. Which movie character do you identify most with?  I can’t think of a serious answer so I’m going to go with April O’Neil from Teenage Mutant Ninja Turtles.
  10. Which person living or not, would you invite to dinner?  I think I’ll go with the Dalai Lama, although I’m not sure what I’d cook for him.
  11. What is your favourite ice cream flavour? Ben & Jerry’s peanut butter half baked.  Haagen Dazs chocolate peanut butter is a close second.

Questions from Imayormaynotkillmyself:

  1. What’s you’re favourite song and write a lyric from it that makes you love it so much.  My current favourite is Praying by Kesha.  A lyric I particularly like: “I’m proud of who I am.  No more monsters I can breathe again.”
  2. If you could change your name to anything what would it be? At one point when I was in university I wanted to go by my middle name (Leia).  I told my TA  for math tutorial that I went by Leia; probably was, he’d say that name and it failed to catch my attention.
  3. Would you rather fly ,be invisible or be invinsible?  If I could fly like Superman and avoid airplanes that would be very nice.
  4. Finish this sentence ” I would never ever try to ……  eat an insect.  I saw fried critters being sold in Cambodia, but I am not that daring.
  5. If you only had 24 hours on this earth who would you spend it with? My grandma, who’s 101.
  6. Which 3 words would you use to describe yourself? Guinea pig mama!!!
  7. which 3 words would you think others would use to describe you? I would rather not know.
  8. Truth or dare? Truth, like letting it all hang out on a blog…
  9. Tell the truth now have you ever cheated on a test? No, but in 3rd year anatomy I could see that my buddy sitting next to me was stressing out, so I intentionally tried to let him see my answers but he was too caught up hyperventilating to notice.
  10. I dare you to write a quirk that you have. It’s been a while, but socks on during sex.  Icy cold feet are not sexy.
  11. If you could let others know one thing about you what would that be? I think by the end of all these questions you’re thinking no more!  No more!

Questions from MentallyNotReyt

  1. What inspires you in life? It’s been really inspiring to read how other bloggers have taken on all that life throws at them.
  2. What small thing makes you smile?  My youngest guinea pig is very energetic and she’ll go tearing around the cage like a bat out of hell.
  3. What is a memory you can never forget? Well, my grandma is 101 and dementing but still remembers things from when she was 10 years old, so probably I’ll always remember my childhood home.
  4. What is your favourite taste? Chocolate.
  5. Where is your ‘happy place’? My bedroom.
  6. Who has your heart?  My guinea pigs have their mama and her heart wrapped around their little feet.
  7. Revenge or forgiveness? On a good day, forgiveness.  On a bad day, revenge.
  8. Do you think lying is ever acceptable?  I think “white lies” are acceptable.  If there is no benefit to anyone in telling the truth, there is no chance of the truth coming out later, and the white lie could make the person feel good and the truth would make them feel bad, I would tell the white lie.
  9. What is a quote you love?  “Our greatest glory is not in never falling, but in rising every time we fall.” – Confucius
  10. Where would you love to visit before you die? I would really like to go to Lhasa in Tibet.
  11. Is there an afterlife?  I imagine that the energy within us goes back into the earth to support the creation of new life.

My nominees:

I’ve done a few of these award nomination posts before, and I’ve decided to try to nominate new people each time to spread the love around as much as possible.  Please don’t feel obligated to do an awards post; I know they can be a lot of work, and I’m still not that confident I know how pingbacks and stuff work.  As for questions, I figure why wrack my brain for new questions… instead, you can pick whichever 11 of the various questions I was asked that grab you the most.  And as a side note, I wasn’t feeling sure if “wrack” was the correct spelling, and it seems that wrack vs rack is kind of po-TAY-to vs po-TAH-to.  Anyway, back to business.  The nominees are:

 

So there it is, sunshine galore!  And if you’re sick of learning things about me after all of these questions, that’s ok, I won’t hold it against you!  Thanks again to Sibple: My not so simple bipolar lifeOrange Walls, Midsummer DaydreamerBlooming BipolarBlue Sky Days 365, Imayormaynotkillmyself, and MentallyNotReyt for the nominations! xoxo  Happy blogging everyone 🙂

I blame Putin

Vladimir Putin

Today I got quite the spam-blast.  All of my comments were liked by a plethora of website addresses, all of them involving “sexy” and most of them involving a Russian .ru domain.  While my blog is not on quite the same scale as a US election, I still blame Putin.  Maybe he’s just trying to tell me I’m a sexy lady, in which case I say please, Mr. Putin, get your priorities straight; you’ve got ex-spies to try to poison.  I appreciate the compliment, but I’ll have to say a respectful nyet.

And a thought for WordPress…  Maybe adding functionality to block likers would be a worthy undertaking?

Mystery Blogger Award

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Woot woot!  I’ve been nominated for the Mystery Blogger Award by Eternal ConversationsTherapy BitsMy Inner MishMashThis Girls’ Got Curves, and Scarlett’s BPD corner.  Thanks so much!  And for anyone who hasn’t already checked out these blogs, you should most definitely do so.

What I like most about doing these award posts is hopefully being able to give people some new ideas of great blogs to follow.  To those I’m nominated, please don’t feel like you have to do an award post.  I know they can be a lot to take on, and I certainly take my sweet time doing them.

The Mystery Blogger Award:

Mystery Blogger Award is an award for amazing bloggers with ingenious posts.  Their blog not only captivates; it inspires and motivates.  They are one of the best out there, and they deserve every recognition they get.  This award is also for bloggers who find fun and inspiration in blogging; and they do it with so much love and passion.  – Okoto Enigma

Rules:

  • Put the award logo/image on your blog.
  • List the rules.
  • Thank whoever nominated you and provide a link to their blog.
  • Tell your readers 3 things(facts or anything you want to share) about yourself.
  • Answer the questions you were asked(if any)
  • Nominate 10 – 20 people & notify.
  • Ask your nominees any 5 questions(optional) of your choice; with one weird or funny question (specify).

 

Question from Eternal Conversations:

If you’re supposed to become an animal, then what animal on this whole planet you would like/choose to become ?!  I would pick dolphin.  They’re smart and they get to frolic around in the water – sounds like a pretty good existence!

Questions from Therapy Bits:

  1. How do you view your past? I try to avoid looking at the past, which is probably not a good thing.
  2. How do you view your future? I used to have a fairly clear idea of what my future might be like, but now I have no idea.
  3. What is the most gooey, cheesy thing you like to eat?  Mac and cheese with bacon.
  4. If you changed careers for the love of it, what would you be doing?  I love my career as a nurse and wouldn’t change that, but I would like to change up where I’m working.
  5. Do you consider yourself to be good at math(s)?  I’m good enough to do basic math in my head, but it’s never been a subject that really interested me.

Questions from My Inner MishMash:

  1. What’s your biggest fear? Spiders.  If I’m watching a movie or something that shows a spider I need to cover my eyes until it’s gone.
  2. What’s your biggest accomplishment in life? I was really proud of getting my master’s degree in psychiatric nursing.
  3. How many Jacks or Jackies do you know and do you like them (this weird one).  Hmm, the only person I can think of is a girl I knew way back in university.  She had a nice alliterative name (jackie Jarvis), and yes, I did like her.  
  4. Do you like your job? If you’re not working, what job would you like to have?  I love being a nurse, but my current jobs are just so-so.
  5. Do you write anything else besides on your blog?  I’ve done some guest posts on other sites, and in the past I’ve written about mental health in several nursing journals.

Questions from This Girl’s Got Curves:

  1. What do you want to be doing five years from now?  I really don’t know.  I used to have a much clearer idea of where I wanted my life to go, but the future has gotten a lot fuzzier.
  2. Who do you most look up to and why (alive or dead, famous or family)?  I really admire the Dalai Lama and the message he puts out to the world.
  3. What do you do first in the morning?  Feed the guinea pigs.  Sometimes they can tell I’m awake because they hear me shifting around in bed and they start squeaking to demand their food NOW.
  4. What is your favorite song?
  5. (Silly) What is the oldest thing in your fridge? Probably fish sauce that I use for Thai cooking.  I don’t know why they make the bottle so big when you use so little at a time.  I figure there’s so much salt and who knows what else in there that it just never goes bad.

Questions from Scarlett’s BPD Corner:

  • What was the most important experience in your life?  Probably my first episode of depression when I got really sick and spent 2 months in hospital.  Not important in a good way, but it hugely impacted the direction my life has gone in since then.
  • What makes you keep going?  Probably inertia, mostly.  My pet guinea pigs are also helpful in this respect.
  • If you had to choose between streaking and eating the same meal for 5 years, what would you choose? That would depend on so many factors, but probably the same meal.
  • What was the post you enjoyed writng the most? Talk a bit about it and why it made you feel so much enjoyment?  I think I get the most satisfaction out of posts that involve ranting about stigma.  There’s just something satisfying about a good rant.
  • What is your favorite topic or theme to talk about in your blog?  Anything mental health-related.

My nominees:

I’ve picked as nominees blogs that (at least according to the vast wisdom of my blogging spreadsheet) I haven’t nominated for awards before.  Rather than give you new questions to answer, feel free to pick from whichever of the questions I was asked that you find the most interesting.

 

So my friends, there you have it.  Thanks again to Eternal ConversationsTherapy BitsMy Inner MishMash, This Girls’ Got Curves, and Scarlett’s BPD corner! xoxo  I hope you’ll check out all of the blogs I’ve linked to in this post, because they are fabulous.

 

My fav – animal!

WYF

What's your favorite animal?

It’s What’s Your Favorite #wyf day over at Revenge of Eve.  Today’s theme is fav animal.  This is a no-brainer for me.  I’m crazy guinea pig lady, with five little balls of fur that rock my world.  I’m temporarily distracted by the family of woodpeckers roosting on my balcony, but guinea pigs will always be #1

Cookie, Oreo, and Casper begging for food

When they want food, the girls stick their faces out the cage door and make loud squeaking noises.

Squeaky sitting on top of Zippy

Double-decker stack of guinea pig boys.

 

Guidelines 4 #wyf:

  • Title your post My Fav!
  • Give your answer to your favorite and why it is so.
  • Link to Monday’s, What’s YourFavorite? post for pingbacks
  • Use the hashtag #wyf

Liebster and Versatile Blogger Awards

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It truly warms my heart to be recognized by fellow bloggers.  Love you guys!!!  LivinglifewithmentalhealthBipolar – Notice Me Aliens, and A Guy Called Bloke nominated me for the Liebster Award, and Life With an Illness and The Jessica Effect nominated me for the Versatile Blogger Award.  If you aren’t already familiar with these blogs, definitely check them out, because they’re fabulous.

These awards are a fun way to get to know each other and also to spread the love around.  I’ve picked as nominees people that I haven’t nominated for awards before (at least according to my all-knowing blogging spreadsheet), and hopefully I can give you some ideas of cool new blogs to follow.  For those I’ve nominated, please don’t feel obligated to do an award post, or take your sweet time doing one…  I know they can be time-consuming!  Oh, and if you’ve already been nominated for the one that I’ve nominated you for, please feel free to switch your nomination over to the other award.  As you can probably guess from the alphabetical order, no thought went into which award to nominate you for 😉

So, time to dive right in.

Liebster Award

“The Liebster Award is an award for bloggers that is given by other bloggers. It exists only on the internet and gives recognition and exposure to new and promising blogs. Liebster is a German word that means sweetest, kindest, nicest, dearest, beloved, lovely, kind, pleasant, valued, cute, endearing, and welcome. The winner is chosen and awarded at the end of each year.”

The official rules of the award are as follows:

  • Acknowledge the blogger who nominated you and display the award logo.
  • Answer 11 questions that the blogger gives you.
  • Nominate 11 blogs that you think are deserving of the award.
  • Create 11 questions for your nominees to answer.
  • Let the bloggers know of their nomination!

 

Questions from Livinglifewithmentalhealth:

  1. When you are old, what do you think children will ask you to tell stories about?  When I’m old I dream of having a farm with a bunch of  critters, so kids will want stories about the critters.
  2. What animal would be cutest if scaled down to the size of a cat? A komodo dragon.  That’s not actually the cutest, but it just popped into my mind.
  3. What weird food combinations do you really enjoy? I’m sure there are a few, but what’s jumping to mind isn’t actually a food combination, but a combination of pancakes and cold temperature.  I love cold pancakes.
  4. What are some red flags to watch out for in daily life? Guinea pigs who aren’t interested in food.  Huge red flag.
  5. If your job gave you a surprise three day paid break to rest and recuperate, what would you do with those three days? Chill out at home.
  6. What’s the most creative use of emojis you’ve ever seen? I’m a bit baffled by emojis beyond the basic ones.
  7. What “old person” things do you do?  Go to bed by 8pm.
  8. What’s something you really resent paying for?  Parking.
  9. What riddles do you know? None that I can think of.
  10. If someone narrated your life, who would you want to be the narrator? Sean Connery because he has a cool voice.
  11. If you were moving to another country, but could only pack one carry-on sized bag, what would you pack? Laptop, passport, wallet, pills.

 

Questions from Bipolar – Notice Me Aliens

  1. What is your favorite hobby/passion? Probably travelling.
  2. How many languages can you speak?  Just English, but any time I travel I learn a handful of words in the local language.
  3.  You like animals?  Yes!!!!!!
  4. You ever play a videogame? If yes what is your favourite?  I haven’t played video games since I was a kid, at which point I liked Legend of Zelda (or whatever it was called).
  5. You have any piercing?  I have both ears pierced, but don’t actually wear earrings that often any more.
  6. You have any tattoo? I have 3.  My favorite is a large phoenix tattoo.
  7. The last book you have read? The Introvert Advantage.
  8. Your goals/dreams for the future? Do more travelling.  Find a job I like (same career, just different job).
  9. What you think about the “stigma” to mental illness?
  10. Favourite flavor of pizza?  “Canadian”, i.e. pepperoni, bacon, and mushroom
  11. Morning or night? Morning morning morning

 

Questions from A Guy Called Bloke:

  1. What’s the funniest thing that has ever happened to you?
  2. Do you own a pet if so, what? I have 5 guinea pigs, which may officially make me a crazy guinea pig lady.
  3. What is your favourite game – this can be old fashioned board games all the way up to current? Colonel Mustard with a rope in the dining room… Clue!
  4. Have you ever had to make a decision that you didn’t like? Discuss if you wish or simply answer Yes/No?  Yes.  Quit my job or continue to be bullied.
  5. What animal would be cutest if scaled down to the size of a guinea pig?  It doesn’t get any cuter than a guinea pig, so that’s that.
  6. What movie can you watch over and over without ever getting tired of? Dirty Dancing.  Patrick Swayze just keeps getting sexier and sexier every time.
  7. Where are some unusual places you’ve been?  Riding on horseback and staying in a yurt in Kyrgyzstan.
  8. Do you think that aliens exist? I think the chances of Earth being the only planet with life are very slim.
  9. What mythical creature do you wish actually existed? A unicorn.  and I would braid purple ribbons in its hair.
  10. Which of your teachers at school resembled the dragon or a dragon? Who is the dragon?  I feel like I’m missing something….  But my grade 6 teacher was Maori and he struck me as a warrior-like individual who could kick some dragon ass.
  11. If magic was real, what spell would you try to learn first?  Making icky people disappear.

 

My nominees:

I like the questions that were posed to me, so for my nominees I say pick at random from the 33 questions above.


Versatile Blogger Award

The rules are simple:

  • Give 8 interesting facts about yourself.
  • Nominate few versatile bloggers and you’re done.

Facts about me:

  1. I have one grandparent still living: my grandma, who is 101 years old.
  2. Longevity runs in the family, and I have little hope of dying of natural causes before I’m 90.
  3. I’m thinking about getting a new tattoo of a Celtic oak tree design.
  4. I’m a notorious plant killer but I have 2 happy prayer plants in my bedroom.
  5. Bedtime is often my favorite time of day.
  6. At this moment I can see my iron sitting in my closet, and realize that it has been several years since I last used it.
  7. I have cold feet so I prefer to wear socks even in the summer.
  8. I’m glad that I’m part Arabic, because it means I tend to tan rather than sunburn.

 

My nominees:

 

So, there you have it!  Thanks again to LivinglifewithmentalhealthBipolar – Notice Me Aliens,  A Guy Called Bloke, Life With an Illness, and The Jessica Effect for the nominations.  Please have a  look at these blogs and the blogs I’ve nominated…. they’re well worth a read!

Spreading your writing wings

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So, you’re loving writing your own blog but you’re looking to try something new and expand further out into the world?  Well, there’s actually a lot of opportunities to do just that, so I thought I’d share with you what I’ve been able to find.

Guest posts

There are lots of sites that publish guest posts related to mental health; some are looking for your personal stories, while others are open to writing focused on various mental health topics.  There are blogs on WordPress where you can do this, but here I’m going to focus on sites outside of WordPress.  My impression is that you don’t have to be an experienced blogger or have lots of followers to get a guest post published; what matters is writing something that will resonate with people.

  • American Foundation for Suicide Prevention – Lifesavers Blog: publishes posts that educate people about suicide and convey hope/healing/resilience
  • Bring Change to Mind: share your personal story in writing or on video
  • Buddy Project: share your story as part of the You Are Not Alone campaign
  • Defying Mental Illness: share your story in the form of a loosely structured interview
  • Healthable; accepts articles on a variety of topics
  • I am 1 in 4: tell your story; prompts are provided to help give you ideas
  • Mental Health Matters: informative posts related to mental health.  They’ve just published an article I wrote about supplements for depression that are supported by research evidence.
  • Mental Health Talk: share your story and become one of their Superhero bloggers
  • The Mighty:  The Mighty is a very popular site with some amazing content.  I haven’t felt confident enough to submit an article to them yet, but it is a goal of mine.
  • Mind: This UK-based mental health charity gives you the opportunity to share your story on their site, and offers lots of guidance on how to go about it and what to write about.
  • Mind Body Green: they’re looking for articles related to wellness
  • National Alliance on Mental Illness (NAMI): share personal stories
  • NoStigmas: share your voice in the fight against stigma
  • OC87 Recovery Diaries: share your mental health recovery story
  • Outrun the Stigma: looking for personal stories, and provides prompts to guide you
  • Pick the Brain: welcomes posts on self-improvement for their community blog
  • Respect Yourself: publishes guest blog posts related to mental wellness in youth.  They published a post I submitted on youth suicide prevention.
  • SANE: this UK-based mental health charity has monthly blogging themes
  • #SickNotWeak: tell your story
  • Stamp Out Stigma: share your story
  • Stigma Fighters: share you personal story.  They published a story I submitted about experiencing stigma in the workplace.
  • The Seeds for Life: They accept inspirational pieces based on quotes, either in the form of short “seeds” or longer articles.  They published a quote-based “seed” I wrote.
  • This Is My Brave: share your recovery journey in written or video form
  • Time to Change: publishes personal stories geared to the general public with an aim of changing people’s views of mental illness.  They published a story I submitted for their #Inyourcorner campaign about how a friend with mental illness and I supported each other.

Other ideas

  • Feedspot: The cool thing about Feedspot is they do ranking lists, including a top 60 mental health blogs list.  When I submitted my blog to their directory a few months ago they offered to feature my blog if I paid them (which I didn’t do), but then this month I ended up on their top 60 list (I’m not really sure what the criteria are for this, but presumably you need to have submitted your blog to them).
  • Psych Central: Psych Central has a lot of great content of their own, but they also have a resource directory that includes links to mental health blogs that have been submitted.

It’s easy to stay in my comfort zone and write for my own blog, but I’m glad that I’ve pushed myself to try new things   There’s a fear of rejection that goes along with submitting a guest blog, but that’s probably good practice.  Hopefully it will help move me forward towards my goal of submitting more work to academic journals.  And really, any excuse to write is a good thing.

 

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#wyf – My fav – scent!

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#wyf tag: what's your favorite scent?

It’s What’s Your Favorite #wyf day over at Revenge of Eve.  This week’s fav is scent.  Make sure to check out Eve’s post, because her pick is definitely something unexpected.

There are lots of pretty scents out there, but I think my favorites have got to be food smells.  Burgers sizzling on the bbq, stew bubbling away in the oven, bread baking, cookies and other sweet treats baking….

freshly baked chocolate chip cookies

 

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