Should this blog continue?


  • Darren Betts - 5 years ago

    Hi. Keep blogging. It doesn’t all have to be about mental health. I blog about my own issues but also day to day life. It builds a bigger picture of life with bipolar disorder. It helps me just get stuff down and is something to focus on. Sometimes I blog often but at other times not. Blog about what you want when you want. People will find all of it helpful.

  • Michael - 5 years ago

    I've been reading your blog since I was 21. I'm 33 now and in a very different place in my life. So are you. As you grow and hurt, so do I. It's comforting to read your posts as I enjoy the continuity of knowing you for all those years.

    But I also appreciate you must do what's best and right for you.

  • Sam - 5 years ago

    I'm so grateful for what you've written over the years -- you've hit all the milestones a bit before me, so hearing your take on things has been really helpful. I started reading your posts maybe back in 2006 or 2007, before being diagnosed with bipolar, just because your voice was interesting.

    Honestly, I don't think you have any obligation to the rest of us mentally interesting people to continue the blog in its current format. I spend very little time on facebook, and so I don't follow anything there, but I'm sorry that you felt that your writing wasn't well received.

    I've always been curious and interested in what you were doing. Your voice is important, regardless of what you choose to talk about (and where you choose to share it).

    Good luck!


  • Tracey - 5 years ago

    I love just reading about your everyday life and thoughts on various things. I'd be sad if you left the blog, especially if you still have the desire to write occasionally. You're a joy to read. No pressure for it to be a regular thing but I think plenty of us would still be here, subscribed! Best wishes.

  • Maggy - 5 years ago

    I have missed your regular updates, but being a bipolar mother myself I know that the creative energy gets kinda lost in just keeping my shit together and winging the most important job (being a mother and mentally challenged lol).

    For what it’s worth, I started my own blog because of you and this gave me a unique look at the lived experience voice which has become the core focus behind the magazine Im setting up.

    Now my boy is 14 and recently became a single Mam and I’m becoming more redundant as each day passes, I can feel my creative juices flowing again and be it in my own chilled time without any pressure I find myself writing more. Not always shared because I’m really past all the keyboard warrior drama!

    You still have a very valid voice, one that is respected and loved by those who continue to follow your journey. Certainly from my point of view I totally get why sharing those thoughts can be a challenge, when just getting through a day without casualties is a win! So, no pressure, we’re right here with you and whenever you feel like saying hi ???? we’ll still be here.

    Now off to clean the car sick up - yup living the dream!

    Much love Mags x

  • Cyndee Davis - 5 years ago

    For many of us, just hearing your routine thoughts that take place in your routine life is very reassuring, stimulating, and underscores the connection we feel with you. I'll speak for myself. My middle child, Jeremy, died 7 years ago at the age of 33, after suffering profoundly with severe Bipolar I Disorder. He just laid down and died after weeks in an unrelenting mania that had him actually running all day and all night. I told you about it years ago. My other two kids, one is 43 and the other is 33, have suffered from debilitating major depressive disorder since they were preschoolers. My daughter was finally treated with IV ketamine infusions x 9 infusions in 2017 and has been in full remission ever since...we'll see.
    Hearing you married, then had a child, having been involved in all kinds of things...along with ups and downs, reminds me that it's possible to live with conditions like yours. I'm always interested in how you're doing, how your family is doing. I do think being savvy about mental health plays an important role in someone coping. But my son is savvy and it hasn't made this any easier for him that I can tell. Anyway, I really hope you'll keep writing as long as you feel like you want to. There are a lot of us who do really care.

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