Why, What, How?
Having spent many years avoiding doing anything like writing a blog, I’ve finally found a vaguely compelling reason to put my daily thoughts in print, or at least pixels.
What is that reason?
I’m doing some research for a pet project, and it has occurred to me, that as I very rarely finish pet projects, if this one is to be of any use to anyone other than me (or indeed, me), perhaps I should just write it up as I go along.
A project you say?
I do. I’m researching internet resources that may prove therapeutically useful for people suffering from mental health difficulties, as well as for mental health workers and students In particular I am interested in those difficulties that are sometimes referred to as ‘severe and enduring’. In practice this most often means diagnoses such as bipolar disorder, schizophrenia and personality disorder.
My interest stems primarily from wanting to have access to honest, accurate and diverse representations of different peoples’ experiences for use in a therapeutic environment. When I first did a YouTube search several years ago to find a compelling video clip that would help communicate the experience of mania in a teaching session, I found very little. Fast forward to the current day, and there is a growing wealth of experience represented on the internet, from brave, first-hand descriptions to the latest in academic thinking.
I was initially planning to trawl through the internet and make private notes on the resources I found, which I could then share with my colleagues and clients. However, realising that most of my pet projects never see the light of day, I thought that a blog was perhaps the way forward.
So how’s it all going to work?
No idea, right now, I’m just trying to work out what is possible within a blog. Regardless, I’m very grateful to my good friend Ben Meghreblian for helping me set up this blog in superfast time.
I guess it will evolve with time, or simply be abandoned a few weeks down the line….
What I have decided is that:
- It should not be about perfectly written prose.
- It should, if possible, be readable, useful and interesting.
- It should be a collaborative venture, open to contributions.
- It’s an excuse for me to do something with all those random photos I take (so there may be lots of images with little or no clear relevance to their posts).
Bear with me!