I decided to enrol for the WordPress blogging 101 course. There are daily assignments for 4 weeks and I must admit to feeling anxious about keeping up with my classmates. I’m happy if I write 2-3 times per week, so a daily post will be a challenge. The first assignment is to write an introduction and include tags, which is the first thing I wanted to learn… huh, simple, it only took 2mins to learn.
I usually write about my personal experience of depression and other mental health problems. In recent months, the focus has been on my journey through Psychotherapy. Blogging publicly can be an incredibly fulfilling experience, we are not a lone voice within the confines of a private journal, but a part of a wonderful online community.
There is something hugely satisfying when someone relates to a post I’ve written and the support I have from fellow bloggers is far beyond anything I ever imagined. Of course, blogging is not all about my own blog and the people who come here to visit, I spend an equal amount of time interacting on other blogs, and this is an important part of my overall blogging experience.
The topics I intend writing about in the near future will focus on different aspects of mental illness and my experiences with the therapy programme. I also do a weekly ‘Flash Fiction for Aspiring Writers’ challenge.
I write about how I experience mental illness rather than researched based material, although this is not a rigid rule. I blog anonymously because I tend to post very descriptive experiences about mental illness and sexual abuse. The anonymity is mainly to protect other people’s identity, rather than my own.
If I continue to blog successfully throughout the next year, I would like to be posting more regularly, have a better understanding of all the technical advantages on WordPress, and maybe even increase the readership.