I wanted to send out a Big, Thank You! to Kristian of “Tales From The Mind Of Kristian” for nominating me for the Blogger Recognition Award. Kristian is an amazing writer and as far as I’m concerned, “The King Of Prompts!” If you haven’t read the works of Sir Kristian, please make a point in doing so, you will thank me later. LOL!
You can check out Kristian’s blog here: https://talesfromthemindofkristian.wordpress.com/
- Thank the nominator, and publish a post on your blog about receiving the Blogger Recognition Award. Make sure to provide a link to the nominator’s blog in your post.
- Give a brief story of how your blog started.
- Give two pieces of advice to new bloggers.
- Nominate 10-15 other bloggers for this award, and inform them of their nomination.
My Brief Beginning’s:
Back in August 2015, I admitted myself into the hospital for suicidal ideation. I was severely depressed, and I was facing homelessness to boot because at that time my fiance’ at the time didn’t understand what was happening to me, nor did he want me around anymore, claiming I was insane.
After my stint in the psych department of a local hospital, I was then mandated to attend a mental health facility as well as reside in a homeless shelter. This was the hardest most difficult thing I had ever faced in my life.
While in the outpatient program I had listened to so many stories of people who were recovering addicts or had suffered from mental health issues. During this time, I was transferred to a Transitional Housing Program, where I was forced to reside with other men and women with whom I had never met before.
I was one of the few people in that transitional housing program that took my mental health and recovery extremely serious. It was also a time in which my entire family abandoned me there to move off to Florida. The original plan of me moving down there was based on lies.
I then fell into a deeper depression but turned it around. I saved my money (General Assistance) in order to purchase a tablet with a little keyboard. I had always enjoyed writing since the age of 9, in fact, I had always wanted to become a writer all my life.
One day, while in my outpatient program, it dawned on me… I should write about my experience with mental health, alcohol addiction, and how to cope with all that I endured. So, on September 2, 2016, I began my blog, with a little help and assistance from my caseworker.
If you have ever read my blog from the very beginning, it was all over the place. I didn’t have “Grammarly” set up, and I couldn’t figure out how to set the font size. LOL! It was a real mess back in the beginning, but I started something. I started a Mental Health Blog. Whatever I was learning during my outpatient program, I wrote about. Whatever happened in my past that lead me to reside in a transitional housing program, I wrote about.
Long story short, my blog has evolved as I evolved. In April of 2017, I moved out and now live in a townhouse with a fellow member of an “Anxiety Group” that the mental health facility held. I was approved for disability not only for my mental health issues but physical ones as well. The very first thing I bought with my SSDI check, was my laptop. It was then that my blog really took off.
I write about mental health, and poetry. I try to join in with as many writing prompts to sharpen my writing skills as much as I possibly can. I love the WordPress community and have made so many valuable friendships along this journey. Becoming a blogger was one of the best things I ever did for myself. I get to enjoy writing and reading every single day in the comfort of my home.
My 2 Pieces of Advice to Bloggers:
- Be yourself first and foremost. Write about whatever you are passionate about. Write about whatever’s on your mind. “It’s your personal entity, your blog is your baby.” Enjoy it!
- Use proper blogger etiquette: No plagiarizing, if you don’t like what another blogger wrote, please don’t curse them out over it… Just move on. Show appreciation and respect toward your fellow bloggers, and most importantly… Enjoy it!
My Following Nominees Are:
Clive of: Bipolar Disorder. It’s Not All Doom And Gloom http://clivewebb65.blog/
Catherine of “Cyranny’s Cove” http://cyranny.com/
Candace of “Revenge of Eve” http://revengeofeve.com/
Sadje of “Keep it Alive” http://lifeafter50forwomen.com/
Richa of “iScriblr” http://iscriblr.com/
Nova of “Nova’s Namaste 365 Online” http://mynamaste365online.blog/
Rory of “A Guy Called Bloke and K9 Doodlepip” http://aguycalledbloke.blog/
Teresa of “The Haunted Wordsmith” https://thehauntedwordsmith.wordpress.com/
Heather of “Sgeoil” https://sgeoil.wordpress.com/
Carol Anne of “Therapy Bits” http://therapybits.com/
Tina of “Really Real Blog” http:reallyrealblog.com/
Penny of “Penny Wilson Writes” https:pennywilsonwrites.com/
Maranda of “Maranda Russell” http://marandarussell.com/
Thank you, so very much again, Kristian! 😘