Today is my six month blogiversary!
When I started it, I wasn’t quite sure what it was going to be. I certainly didn’t think I’d have any sort of audience. I was a little nervous too – I had previously said the odd thing here and there about my mental health and I’ve been pretty open about my diagnoses for a few years now, but this is by far the most honest and upfront I’ve ever been. I knew that it was likely that people I know in real life would see it, and it took a long time for me to weigh up whether I should start it at all, and that if I did, whether I should in fact be quite so open. But I realised that what I want most in the world is for mental illness to stop being stigmatised, and that if I wanted to be a big part of that change, I had to be prepared to share.
Im honestly so amazed with the feedback I’ve had since starting this blog, and how many people I’ve been able to reach. I’ve had comments here and on twitter that have genuinely warmed my heart – I started this with the idea that if I reached just one person and helped them feel a little better about their mental health, than it would have fulfilled its purpose. From some of the feedback I’ve had over the last 6 months, I feel like I’ve achieved that.
Probably the best thing to have come out of this for me though, is becoming part of the amazing blogging community on twitter, especially the mental health side. I’ve been nominated for a few little awards and that’s given me the absolute pleasure of finding my favourite blogs to nominate in return. I’ve got a list of people now that I absolutely know I can call on for support, advice or just general chat, and I’m so grateful for that.
I hope over the next six months to reach my next follower goal, write some more guest posts, make some new connections and hopefully help a few more people.
I’ve had so much fun so far sharing with you all, and I’m so thankful for everyone who has ever read, commented on or shared a post of mine – it honestly makes my day!
Here’s to the next six months!