Brainstorming Question

While I was sitting here looking out my window on this cold winter day with a temperature of – 22 degrees Celsius and pondering what I should use for blog topics and ideas, I am all of a sudden compelled (more like Divinely pushed) to talk about my journey through mental health and depression. Something whispers in my ear saying that sharing my story will help people feel less alone and may help someone.

I am not quiet sure where to begin and how to tell the story best but I have an idea that I wanted to run by everyone before I set out with my action plan and outline for project.  I always feel it best to share my ideas and brainstorm with others to help get a collective opinion about projects, since my audience opinions are what is the best feedback for completed plans.  I hold everyone’s opinion and feedback to the highest regard since often I am told that I am my own worst critic. 

My objective for my idea is simply just to express in my own words the struggle of depression, describe and share what the darkest days felt like and how I survived and came out stronger.  My hopes are simply that I can help someone suffering feel less alone and more understood, as well as help remove the stigma associated with mental health issues.  

I will begin by saying that I had been searching and brainstorming for ideas for the last month or so, especially after I survived the latest rock bottom of depression (one which was worst than the others) and came back a bit stronger and having a new found connection to God and the Divine.  I know in my heart, that I would not have made it through the last attack of depression alone without having Him carry me along and keep me safe while I struggled to climb my way back onto solid ground. I also must express how truly strong, amazing and loving my family was during these episodes and struggles as they were also a huge source of support for me. 

My idea came in really clearly to me one night just as I was to fall asleep and it has stuck with me through all the brain storming I have done the last month  just waiting for me to realize I had the right idea all along. The questions I kept replaying in my mind were “How is the best way to share my story?” and “What is the one way people can relate to others on a personal level?”  How do I make this story realistic and effective in reaching out to others?”

I guess that I have left you all pondering what the idea is and left you in suspense long enough.  The idea that spoke to me with the greatest intensity was to use the medium of a diary. I had kept a diary when I first got diagnosed and have been writing in one throughout the last couple of years.

I was thinking of either creating a  new blog just specifically for that purpose or adding it to this blog.  

So here is the question that I pose to you, my audience to ponder: “Should I Devote A New Blog to It?” or “add to this blog?” and what do you think of my idea. Please feel free to comment and leave feedback.

Thank you everyone

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4 thoughts on “Brainstorming Question

  1. Hi melonie,
    I enjoy your blog. I think I may have been “divinely pushed” to find it as I relate a lot to what I’ve read so far. I was actually just thinking about this exact same idea just a couple days ago! My idea was to have once a week or once a month where I choose an old journal entry and share it. I planned to start this week but have just been trying to figure out the best way to do it, like you. I would keep it as part of this blog and devote a specific time of the week or month to it. Then Your audience won’t have to be spread too thin looking at two places. Good luck!

  2. Hi Melonie,
    I just wrote you a comment from my phone but I don’t think it worked, so I apologize if this message appears twice. I enjoy reading your blog and I think that I may have been “divinely pushed” to find it. Or maybe I found it because you “liked” something I wrote, so thank you 🙂 I relate a lot to what I’ve read so far. I was actually just thinking about this same idea just a couple days ago! I planned on choosing a day of the week or the month where I’d share an old journal entry of mine that relates to how I’m feeling at that time. I’ve kept a journal since I was in 6th grade so there’s a lot of material. I think you should keep it here at this blog so that your readers don’t get spread to thin having to go back and forth between two blogs. Good luck!

  3. Hi, just to add my two cents to this, but I believe adding to this blog would probably be the best way to do it, although I am not too clued up on the world of blogging. Could you perhaps add a new category just for it? That way your followers will see it and also the other people who stumble across it. Also I love the sound of what you’re doing and will be looking out for the start of your writing. Best of luck. I think it’s wonderful.

    May I ask do you find it difficult writing about your own experiences?

    Any how, am loving your blog. There’s so many interesting things to look at. Love the diversity of topics.

    xkim

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