Blogger Recognition Award

5 Sep


From Addy

My blog started with me reading someone else who I didn’t know’s who was in recovery from an eating disorder.  This person was my friend on Facebook only because we played Farmville together, I knew her no other way.  This was May 2010 and I didn’t have much going on in my life, the link was posted and I was waiting for some crops to grow so I could harvest them, so I went and read it.  It was uplifting and I decided to start my own blog although it was anything but uplifting at the start.

This blog has been going for 5+ years and I’ve seen and learned a lot about blogging and the blogging community.  A lot of people come and go, very few that were following me near the beginning are still blogging today; people just follow off, others close them down for personal reasons, sadly some commit suicide, and some people recover and feel no need to blog anymore.  My blogging at the beginning was very much just venting.  I was very surprised people read my words, I got a few likes and even a couple comments.  I didn’t start reading for the feedback or support, but I got quite a bit in the early days and then many of those bloggers disappeared.  I sometimes miss their comments or wonder how they are doing.  I’ve learned as I’ve headed more towards recovery that while I do blog mostly for me, I like to share resources and articles and other blogs that could help other people.

Somewhere along the line I changed my blog’s tittle, bought the domain, messed around with formatting and even made my own header.  I’ve participated in blog challenges and have made some friends that I talk to outside of the comment sections of my blogs.  I’ve been asked to guest blog.  I’ve tried to vLog.  Done some polls and just mixed it up.  I want this blog to be a representation of me and what is important to me.

Suggestions for new bloggers:

  • When someone likes, comments, or follows you- go check out what they write about it’s probably a similar topic and you may want to follow them or like a few of their posts.
  • When people comment, try to respond (man I wish someone had told me this in the early days)
  • Mix things up on your blog, readers like variety!
  • Be you, unapologetically you.
  • Try not to stare at your stats page too much, it can effect your writing and your mood.
  • Comment on other blogs and get to know other bloggers
  • If you have a FB page, twitter, or instagram tied to your blog try to vary them some so there is a reason to check you out on each platform.
  • And the last is kinda selfish: If you do decide to stop blogging let us know why in the mental health community it can be pretty worrisome when someone stops blogging altogether.

3 Responses to “Blogger Recognition Award”

  1. manyofus1980 September 6, 2015 at 2:43 PM #

    Well done. I too miss peole who dont blog any longer. For various reasons. I do wonder about them too. Where are they and are they ok? Its sad when you get to know people and then they move on or disappear. XX

  2. scienerf September 6, 2015 at 3:47 PM #

    I still come and look every so often, I wonder about the ones who disappeared, the people I made a connection with that I do hope are doing well and that’s why they’re not here. It’s hard when you have an innate fear of losing people and I admit that’s one reason I don’t blog much any more. Glad you’re still finding it helpful and managing to adapt it for yourself! xx

    • mm172001 September 6, 2015 at 5:05 PM #

      Wow, nice to see you are still around! I find I don’t connect as much as I used to because the people leaving but might be the BPD.

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