88 Days of Blogging

This morning I’ve been thinking, my mental cogs whirring away as I sit in my lounge with the warm spring sunshine streaming through the window. I was thinking about the benefits of blogging, of becoming a writer and a poet. Today is my 88th day of BlueSkyDays356, and already I have shared so much of my mental health history, my running achievements and injuries, my emergency hospital stay, my journaling, and my self-care goals.

And I have written poetry. I have published 58 poems and have a few more which are near completion. I had never written poetry before, it is a complete revelation to me that I can do it, and even stranger that I am able to maintain momentum in writing.

The WordPress community is fabulous, the sense of belonging and supportiveness of other writers is amazing. I have had people view my writing from 45 different countries and I appreciate every single person who takes the time to read my work. I am approaching 3,000 views and 1,500 likes, I am astounded by the worldwide reach of my blog. I am blown away by all the positive comments and appreciation of my writing.

So, in part, this post is to you, my readers… thank you.

When I first started BlueSkyDays, my intention was to raise awareness of the reality of living with mental illness and to document my attempt at running (anticipating I would be a failure at it!). Over time this has evolved to encompass so much more and my writing has become more relaxed, more homely and less ‘educational’. I found writing poetry was initially destabilising as it triggered difficult emotions which I was expertly keeping buried deep within my mental dungeon, but now I find it therapeutic.

My creative brain has been unleashed!

In writing about my emotions, trauma and therapy, I have achieved a greater acceptance and understanding of my depression and PTSD. Writing has also become therapeutic. I don’t know whether the uplift in mood will be sustained, but right now I feel more positive, motivated and enthusiastic about my life and my recovery.

I can emphatically state that my little blog, BlueSkyDays365, is beneficial to my self-esteem, confidence, and self-awareness and has improved my ability to manage stress and cope with the difficulties in life.

In the words of Scientific American…
Blogging – It’s Good for You! (read more here)

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Hi, I'm Karen, creator of blueskydays365.com which is home to my poetry, art and general ramblings. I am the author two collections of poetry, 'Kaleidoscopic Beauty' & 'I am the Stars in the Sky', and the children's book 'All That Glitters' (not yet published). I also enjoy running.

21 thoughts on “88 Days of Blogging

  1. Sorry I am a poor excuse for a reader (and writer) I will try to catch up with your journey as a Blogger. You are very good at expressing yourself here so blogging is definitely good for you. We are ready for the sad and happy times. It is interesting to get some insight into your personality and learn more about you. 😊

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  2. I’m happy to see that you’ve been enjoying your WP journey.
    Well done on your stats. The community really is amazing (for the most part, anyway).
    You just started writing poetry? After reading some of your pieces, I am in shock. How did you manage to keep such a gem hidden inside for so long?

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