Why A Collaborative Blog was the Answer

You might have noticed that The Bipolar Writer blog is going through some incredible changes. I have increased the number of collaborative bloggers into what has become a family to me. Every experience in this mental illness life has its unique parts, and while my interview series has highlighted the different struggles in the mental illness community, it’s point of view is what I write.

I want to end the stigma that surrounds the mental illness community, and I can’t do it alone. I want this blog to be a voice, not just my own, but those that are willing to share pieces of their experience in this mental illness life. For me, creating a collaborative blog was always the answer. It was the goal, the reason why I started The Bipolar Writer blog.

I have also been amazed at the outpour from the community to guest blogging on The Bipolar Writer. In May alone I was able to feature 3-4 guest blogs a week. It is another option that I offer to those who are not quite ready to take on being a contributor blogger. My guest bloggers write their own pieces, link their own blogs, and its a relationship that usually grows– though not always.

I am always thinking of new ways to explore and expanding The Bipolar Writer blog. If you have any suggestions on what I can do better or what you would like to see here, never hesitate to contact me.

I am excited about what my contributors and guest bloggers bring this summer.

Lastly, I want to continue to grow the contributor bloggers, so I am thinking of looking for an editor to help with the amount of posts that come through the blog. I am just thinking at this point, but if you are a contributor already, let me know if you would be interested.

James

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27 Replies to “Why A Collaborative Blog was the Answer”

  1. I write about numerous things, including my ongoing challenges with anxiety and depression.

    One thing I’m doing at the moment is being very open about this on LinkedIn. I’ve recently gone self employed but don’t want to hide anything from prospective customers/employers. How successful this will be remains to be seen but, if I’m being totally honest, I don’t care. The stigma has to end.

    I’d be happy to be involved in your excellent blog in any way you see fit, even if it’s just as an engaged reader.

    Kind regards.

    Phill

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  2. If you’re looking for guest bloggers, I would absolutely love to be considered! I live with severe anxiety without medication. Every day is a battle. This blog is exactly what this world needs; anxiety and depression shouldn’t be a taboo subject, it needs to be brought to everyone’s attention.

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  3. If you are looking for guest bloggers, I would love to be considered! I live with severe anxiety without medication. It’s a constant struggle and I love to write. One of the only things that keeps me sane. Anxiety and depression needs to be brought to peoples attention and this blog can help people know they’re not alone!!

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    1. I will let you know Johnzelle. I am super busy until July so I don’t want to get into changing too many things until July. I will put on the list and when things get more settled I will let you know what it entails.

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  4. Hello. Anxiety and depression sufferer. Just started my own blog mainly covering anxiety topics atm, sharing with all friends and family and have set up facebook group. I would love to have the opportunity to guest blog. (Like to try dd humour if i can) Time to really kill the stigma.

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  5. The thing about mental illness, specifically depression and anxiety, is that it stops you from connecting to people. You are isolated, alone, depressed, and anixous about what would happen when the next anxiety or depression attacks. Once you start to connect to people, it (depression and anxiety) loses its power on you.

    Somehow, your collaboration with other people breaks the power that anxiety and depression have on people. What a great job you have done for the mental health community!

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  6. I feel guilty. I’m on vacation (MUCH NEEDED) with my new little family and taking a few minutes away from the hustle and bustle of life to play catch up tonight. I’ve been away from so much to do with my blog or even helping with posts for you. But things will settle down…soon I hope. Sooner rather than later I’m really hoping. Going to pop over to my page and blog a tad about my absence. I’m still reading and one day I’ll find more hours in my day again.

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