blogging 101: introduce yourself to the world

So I decided to do the blogging 101 thingy that a lot of you have already done. A lot of this one will be repetition, but what the hey – it’s questions and I lurve questions.




*leans towards the microphone with something between an earnest expression and a squint*

Why are you blogging publicly, rather than keeping a personal journal?
That’s a great question Christiane. Basically, I am, despite the introversion, a total attention whore in some ways. I’m insecure and desperate for the validation when I’m down, and arrogant and desperate for adulation when I’m up. I also needwant the immediate gratification of readers; I just wouldn’t write as much in private. I believe that blogging about the sort of things I do, is a way of passively rebelling against stigma and stupidity. Ranting occurs irregularly. And I’ve been blogging on various platforms since about the year 2000, so I’m a hardcore addict as well – ah jest cain’t help mahself. But of course, I can stop any time I want …

What topics do you think you’ll write about?
My blog is around six months old and thus far I have written about bipolar mostly. I also write about mental illness neurobiological and neurotoxic disorders in general, with some focus on ptsd, c-ptsd, depression, anxiety, grief, psychosis and schizophrenia. I review books, documentaries and music relating to manic depression. I’m starting to write more about my personal life and the interior landscape of my navel. I also blog about blogging. My natural predilection for lecturing people unprovoked has led me to write various guides to the disorder and how to support us. It’ll continue in that direction in future, with less serious research and linkage, because I’m now at a more comfortable stage in my journey from diagnosis to wherever I’m going. Taxi!!


Who would you love to connect with via your blog?
It’s an anonymous blog, with a very select few of my friends irl in possession of the url. I want to connect more with them and I already connect with you; you in this case being largely bipolar people and people who care about bipolar. I think people who are neither of those two, get bored pretty rapidly. And I blog a lot, which is annoying to anyone who uses individual email notifications, rather than the digest options. I want to keep connecting with you. I’d also like to connect with a bright and kind lesbian and move slowly towards happily ever after. Ain’t gonna happen though, my visitor stats show eff all from South Africa and I won’t emigrate. Also, truth be told, I’m terrified of the notion.

Christiane, please take your hand off my knee.

If you blog successfully throughout the next year, what would you hope to have accomplished?
Sex, drugs, rock ‘n roll, a modelling contract, twelve chickens, wealth, fame and groupies. Alternatively, exactly what I have ‘accomplished’ already (I’d prefer the word ‘gained’). The gains are experienced people and advice, answers to various questions, warm friendships, intellectual conversation and a tribe/family/circle of people who always understand and never judge.

I’m sorry Christiane, we’ll have to wrap it up for today; I’m already late for my next deluded daydream. Great to meet me … er, I mean you – give me plenty of warning before the photoshoot please. Uh, no, I haven’t got time for a “coffee”.

*strides off talking self-importantly into an enormous mobile phone*

Disclaimery caveat: no imaginary Christiane Amanpours were harmed in the making of this post.

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