A One Year Blog Annivesary

Deep into that darkness peering, long I stood there, wondering, fearing, doubting, dreaming dreams no mortal ever dared to dream before. – Edgar Allan Poe

A Letter to The Bipolar Writer – A Year Later

You made it James. The One year anniversary of The Bipolar Writer blog.

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One year ago today you started this blog with an idea. You wanted to share the good, the bad, and the amazing part of living a life within having a mental illness.

You had your doubts, this was the third time in four years that you wanted to blog about your experiences. You yearned to finally share The Bipolar Writer and James Edgar Skye with the world, but with the past failure at blogging, it was easy to say “if this fails, I am done writing.”

It was different for you this time, you had taken a class on creating an cultivating a productive blog. You made the decision to do things right. The first thing was to buy a domain name. It meant having access to better themes that could really make your blog a professional one. It was as if the stars had aligned and you finally had your shot a making something great.

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It was a risky venture starting this blog in September. In the distance, you knew that there was a chance that being Bipolar could stop this blog in its tracks. With October and November looming you made the decision to move forward. It was the right choice.

There were struggles. In this mental illness life, it is never easy. You had no idea that things would take off the way that it did. It was so easy to just be yourself and begin to share the experiences as both James and The Bipolar Writer.

Amazingly in November, the blog was blooming, and out of it came an idea– The Bipolar Writer Memoir. It was your ten year anniversary that month, and the stars really aligned. Like the idea of blogging, you had tried so many times in the past to write your memoir. Yet with every comment, every like, and every conversation, it became clearer that this is where the rest of my year would go. I wrote like a madman, but it the feedback that made it all possible.

In December you took another significant step, you decided it was time to start writing the stories of others. What has become a series, Interview Features – The Series, you showed the world that mental illness has so many faces. It helped you that people were willing to share their own journey with you, hoping that you would shed some light on their stories. It became the best series. It gave me another idea– contributor writers for The Bipolar Writer blog. December was a fantastic month, and even with a week of depression to end the year, you were ready to take The Bipolar Writer blog into 2018.

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2018 was gonna be the year that things finally started to gather yourself and there were so many goals to start the year My 2018 Goals. It was tough at times because your depression and anxiety spiraled out of control for days at a time. Unlike the winter months in the past, you found solace in your writing, and this blog became the connection to sharing your experience with the mental illness community. It was all going well. The blog was shining, and the memoir was coming along– then you hit the worst stretch of this blog which coincided with a severe depression cycle that started early March.

It had to happen. Nothing in this mental illness life is easy. I needed to struggle in 2018. It was a rare occurrence to have long depression cycles. This one started in March and finally let up in May. I could see that my energy was just not into writing new and original content. I was lucky though, I had some of the most fantastic contributor writers that helped this blog continue to move forward. I would have been lost without their willingness to pick up the slack.

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It was summer. You graduated. You worked your ass off to reach 100,000 views, and you did it. You amazed yourself. The ups and downs. Through it all, you always found a way to continue to make The Bipolar Writer blog the best ever.

You shared so much with your followers, and you were amazed by the outpour through victories, reaching goals, and the even more fantastic how your fellow mental illness bloggers picked you up when you were down.

This journey has been the best thing to happen to The Bipolar Writer, and you wouldn’t have it any other way. You made it to one year. Here is to many more years of sharing my experience with Bipolar One.

I promise to make it the best ever.

Always Keep Fighting (AKF)

James Edgar Skye

Please Help me Publish my Memoir

I am almost done editing my memoir “The Bipolar Writer,” and I have decided to go down the self-publishing route. If you can donate anything towards my goal, it would mean the world to me. I am still working towards enough to pay an artist for a good cover. Those that donate will get a special mention in my memoir on a page dedicated to those that made my memoir possible. Thank you in advance!

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Photo Credit:

Markus Spiske

Samuel Zeller

Carl Raw

Ksenia Makagonova

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58 Replies to “A One Year Blog Annivesary”

  1. Congrats on this milestone James. I hope to remain a part of your journey for the long haul. Keep up the great work!

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  2. Congrats. This is super cool and your site is so super successful. You are one of the first sites I had followed coming to this community and I love staying tuned. I’m always learning something or different ways to view things

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  3. Happy Anniversary, you did it! You achieved to make this blog of yours the best that it can be and it has, and there’s more greatness that lies ahead. No matter the obstacles, no matter the diagnosis, we all have a chance to make a difference! Here’s to many more anniversaries James 😊🙏🏽

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  4. Happy Anniversary! And congratulations 🧡 here’s to the fight and the rewards of never giving up on you and your dreams!

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  5. Hi there Mr. Skye and congrats on the anniversary! I have something I wanted to tell you for weeks now, but I’ve been so busy I couldn’t sit down and write this out. My name is Andrew, I’m 20 years old and this year I discovered I was bipolar. I always knew something was off, my mood swings, the mania. I just didn’t know what it was called. I felt like such a freak. Like there was something wrong with me. But reading your blog, has given me strength. Your posts have encouraged me, heading how you’ve been through your own battles is sometimes sad, but also inspiring. I just wanted to tell you that and say thank you Mr. Skye. And I intend to like your posts more often because you really have influenced me for the better.

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    1. It is great to meet you Andrew. Being at the beginning can be a tough place to be, but never give up hope. I am happy to hear Blog is helpful. Let me know if you ever need anything.

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  6. Happy anniversary! Thank you for sharing your life’s journey. I only hope to grow to be as accomplished as you. You must teach me! It’s difficult to write when in a spiral. I am and have been spiralling for quite some time now. All that comes to me is “your brain is broken.” Ugh. I’m in a major slump right now. But enough about me. Thank you for your gift!

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    1. It can be the hardest thing, writing while in the middle of a slump. There is no great trick that I can share. Just sit in front of your computer and find a topic you know you can flow. You will find a way.

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  7. As someone who just launched a blog over this weekend, your post gave me a lot of hope. I can only imagine where I will be in one year. It is thrilling and nerve-wracking to think about. Thank you for the inspiration and congratulations on your success!

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  8. Congratulations on your first anniversary! 🙌🏼🎉🎊. My goodness, has it really only been a year? It feels like much longer, and I mean that in a wonderful way; I guess that’s what happens when you feel like old friends 😍😘❣️

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    1. It has been a year, Laina. It seems so surreal. I’ve never been able to sustain a blog for so long, but this journey has been amazing. Thank you so much for being a part of it!!!

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      1. Wow! That’s an awesome accomplishment 🖐🏼👏🤗. For selfish reasons, I hope you keep on trucking! 😉😁. I really really enjoy your blog. There are so many excellent posts on here. I learn so much and you do it with such a genuine heart. Very gentle and kind. This is a warm and comfortable place to be 💖💖

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