Let me introduce (part 2)…

I started the ‘Let me introduce’ series (you can read the first post here) to give newbie bloggers a helping hand in reaching others.

With over 35,000 people now following my journey, I wanted to take a step back and let others be in the spotlight.

Jean

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Tell us a bit about yourself

In 2012, I retired from a thirty seven year career in Information Technology. After so many years in the computer industry using the analytical side of my brain, I decided the time was right to exercise the more visual and perpetual side of my brain. Graphic design was a natural next step and I began to do the creative work for the event business of my soul mate, Steve Tarpinian, designing event logos and promotional print work.

Graphic design seemed to make sense, but I never envisioned myself as a creative writer. My primary writing experience was related to creating computer-related documentation and developing contractual statements of work related to network and phone-system deployments. I was a ‘C’ student in English composition.

When Steve took his own life on March 15, 2015, my world changed dramatically. I began to take solace in writing about Steve and found purpose in trying to bring more awareness to mental health issues and suicide by telling Steve’s story. I wrote his memoir, Slipped Away, as a celebration of Steve’s life.

When and why did you start your blog?

While Slipped Away is about Steve and my life with Steve, I created my blog in 2015 to chronicle grief journey and my perspective as a suicide loss survivor.

What kind of content can we expect?

These days, I blog more about the impact of Parkinson’s Disease (PD) on my life. Seven months after Steve died, I was diagnosed with PD.

Have you learned anything in your early days of blogging?

Yes, I don’t push myself to write on a schedule.  I write when I feel I have something impactful to share.  That could mean two blogs in a week or one in a month.

Share a blog post with us you’ve loved creating…

This was my first blog and I still feel the angst I had when I wrote it.  I especially loved the graphic I created to go with the blog.

https://slippedawayblog.wordpress.com/2015/12/30/collateral-damage-of-mental-illness/

Jean’s details:

Blog: http://SlippedAwayBlog.wordpress.com

Twitter: www.twitter.com/SlippedAwayBook


Ariana

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Tell us a bit about yourself…

I’m just a 23 year old New Yorker with big dreams who recently graduated from nursing school. I hope someday to help people as a nurse and as a creative. I’ve been writing and drawing from a young age, they are two of many passions of mine. I’m currently taking advantage of my newfound freedom to work on my science fantasy novel, Fragements of Unity. I have many hobbies including photography, gaming, and the list goes on. I hope to run my own health clinic as a certified nurse midwife someday and work as a writer for a game studio.

When and why did you start your blog?

I started my blog on June 13th because I wanted to create a positive space to share with others my passion for creativity and what fuels it.

What kind of content can we expect?

You can expect content ranging from mental health and chronic illness to anime reviews and snippets of my artwork as well as my writing process, experience, and inspiration.

Have you learned anything in your early days of blogging?

I’ve learned that being authentic can help you truly connect with others making the blogging experience that much more enjoyable and engaging. Authenticity is key.

Share a blog post with us you’ve loved creating…

One of my favorite blog post I’ve loved creating is the one on Death Parade, one of my favorite anime series. I’ve loved writing my blog posts thus far, but I really enjoyed sharing my long standing hobby with others at length. I’ve never done that before and look forward to doing it again.

Ariana’s details:

Blog: https://ariathedreamer.wordpress.com/

Twitter: https://twitter.com/DreamingAria

Instagram: https://www.instagram.com/aria_thedreamer/


Cara

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Tell us a bit about yourself…

I’m Cara, I’m a mental health nurse living in the South of England. I have pink hair, lots of tattoos and I love to be as colourful as possible! I’m an animal lover and a vegetarian but overall I am well known as a cat lady; my cat Panda is my favourite thing in the whole world. I also caught the travel bug after working in the Philippines for a few weeks a couple of years ago, and I plan my life around exploring the world in short bursts throughout the year. On top of all these things that make me who I am, I also have bipolar disorder and struggled with an eating disorder for most of my life. I’m a passionate mental health campaigner and spreading awareness around mental health is incredibly important to me, as despite how far we have come as a society, we still have a long way to go to break down the stigma surrounding mental illness.

When and why did you start your blog?

I started it last September when I qualified as a mental health nurse. I initially started it as a way to talk about my mental health, how it influences my practice and my overall journey as a newly qualified nurse. However, I quickly realised that organically my passion was spreading awareness about mental health and trying to break down stigma in a way that I hope is raw and honest. Over time my love of travel has weaved its way in too, and I also post things from time to time that helps my readers get to know who I am outside of my mental health problems.

What kind of content can we expect?

Lots of posts from myself and others about mental health, some of which I hope are happy and inspiring and others which are perhaps not so positive but are truthful and realistic. As much as I try to put a good spin on what I write, it’s important to me that I’m also being genuine and unfortunately there are parts of living with a mental health problem that are hard to be positive about, and I think those times need to be shared too. I also love talking about my travel adventures and some other general bits and bobs about life that I hope people who don’t struggle with mental illness can enjoy and connect with.

Have you learned anything in your early days of blogging?

I’ve learnt that it’s actually a lot of work! I don’t really know what I expected but it’s definitely a lot more commitment than I anticipated. Equally, it’s been great focussing on something that is not only cathartic to do, but also that I feel has been valuable to other people. I’ve also learnt that genuine engagement is so much more valuable than racking up numbers; the twitter community is amazing for that!

Share a blog post with us you’ve loved creating…

This post isn’t just be me, but is a collaboration between myself and lots of other people. It was created for Time To Talk day, and I’m so grateful to each and every person who shared their story and contributed to the cause of spreading awareness about mental health problems. This post inspires me every time I read it.

https://moodsmedsmeals.wordpress.com/2018/02/01/time-to-talk-day/

Cara’s details:

Blog: moodsmedsmeals.wordpress.com

Twitter: https://twitter.com/caralisette

Instagram: https://www.instagram.com/cats.and.tatts/


Get involved…

If you’re a newbie blogger and would like to be involved in the series, please get in touch via this contact form.

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4 thoughts on “Let me introduce (part 2)…

  1. I love hearing from other bloggers… especially what they learned as there is often a lesson I can learn from it too. Thanks for sharing their stories 🙂

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