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)

Comments

21 comments on “88 Days of Blogging”
  1. Squashy Moss says:

    For a lovely person ❤️

    Liked by 1 person

  2. Squashy Moss says:

    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. 😊

    Liked by 2 people

    1. Karen says:

      Thank you, that’s a lovely message 💕

      Liked by 1 person

  3. floatinggold says:

    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?

    Liked by 1 person

    1. Karen says:

      Yes, just started writing poetry in January. I’d never tried before and it’s come as quite a surprise to me too! But delighted!

      Liked by 2 people

  4. ashleyleia says:

    Congrats on a very productive 88 days ❤️

    Liked by 3 people

  5. Auroraboros says:

    Thank YOU for writing and being a part of our lives! You are an inspiration.

    Liked by 2 people

    1. Karen says:

      Awesome thank you so much for your lovely comment 😍

      Liked by 1 person

  6. PTSD Gal says:

    I enjoy reading other bloggers posts including yours. Keep it up 🙂

    Liked by 2 people

    1. Karen says:

      Thank you so much 😍

      Liked by 1 person

  7. Great job following through on your dream! I love reading your posts. Keep them coming!

    Liked by 2 people

    1. Karen says:

      Thank you for your lovely words 😍

      Liked by 1 person

  8. Deb Whittam says:

    We are here to listen and we just love to read what you share

    Liked by 2 people

    1. Karen says:

      Thank you 🙂

      Like

  9. indishe says:

    Keep writing and spreading happiness

    Liked by 1 person

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