I had wanted to start a blog for a really long time but I was freaking scared. I was worried that I wasn’t educated enough about mental health to make a damn difference to anyone. After all, I’m not a professional and I had just had a spectacular relapse into anxiety and depression just a couple weeks ago. Why the hell did I think I could say anything that would matter to anyone? I let these fears stop me for a long time but as my New Years resolution I decided that despite of feeling scared and insecure, I was going to do it. The chance that my story might resonate with someone didn’t inspire me to move past my fear but it did inspire me to do it anyways. I thought only a few dozen, or maybe if I was really lucky, a few hundred people would read what I had to say. I was blown way when only a few months later over a thousand people were visiting my site every day. I was shocked so many people were relating to my experiences and the material I was sharing. It’s not because I’m the most educated person about mental health (I’m not and if you need real help you should see a therapist) or I’m a great writer. It’s because I had a truth to tell and I want to encourage you to tell your truth too.
There are so many people in this world fighting through depression, anxiety, grief or struggling with any number of things that life has thrown at them. If you want to start a blog, I promise you that there are people out there that need to hear your experiences, advice and perspective. Someone out there is lost and can find inspiration in what you have to say. You don’t have to be an expert, you just have to show up and be authentic. I love this quote by David Orr;
“The plain fact is that the planet does not need more successful people. But it does desperately need more peacemakers, healers, restorers, storytellers, and lovers of every kind. It needs people who live well in their places. It needs people of moral courage willing to join the fight to make the world habitable and humane. And these qualities have little to do with success as we have defined it.”
The blogging world doesn’t need more self help experts, it needs your authentic stories, imperfections and experiences. I always loved reading blogs and admired other bloggers. I didn’t think I would ever have the courage to put myself out there and have a blog of my own. On New Years Eve I was once again depressed and directionless. I had been writing in my journal trying to figure out what was next for me and just having a struggle fest overall. In the airport on the way home. I knew I couldn’t go back without any of the answers I was searching for. So I decided 2017 would be the year that I got over my fear and started a blog. I’ve always done well with a challenging goal in front of me and when I’m not working towards something I feel lost and depressed. My blog gave me a project and a new goal to work towards. It gave me a purpose that has been a blessing over these last few months and I’m hoping it can do the same for you. I’m sharing my story with you to urge you to put your fear aside and share your voice with the world.
Everyone has a unique perspective and you have something valuable to add to the dialogue. There are so many issues and experiences that still are still taboo. From eating disorders, addiction or just how to find joy there are so many topics that are not talked about enough. If you want to take the plunge I’ve listed some of the tools and resources I use below.
These are affiliate links which means if you purchase something I will get a small commission (at not extra cost to you). These are the actual products and services I use to run my blog.
If you want a self hosted blog I recommend Blue Host. I don’t have any experience with any other servers but I have had good experiences with Blue Host and it’s much cheaper than a lot of other servers. Setting up Blue Host is easy. You just need to pick out a name (you get a free domain name), register it and install WordPress.
If you want a good step by step guide I recommend The Ultimate Blogging Framework by Abby Lawson. I took a handful of trainings after I decided to start a blog because I had no idea how the eff to do it. This course was one of the best I took and also one of the cheapest. It’s a great value for the information that you get. It breaks it down step by step which was really helpful for me since I had no idea what the eff I was doing.
I use Tailwind to pin my posts on Pinterest. This is how I get almost all of my traffic. Tailwind is easy to use. After you set it up it posts your pins for you and sends traffic to your site with very little effort.
I make all of the images and graphics on my blog in Canva. My computer is too old to run Photo Shop so I had to find an alternative. Canva is great. They have templates for everything you need to make for your blog. It’s free and really easy to learn how to use.
I am not a licensed therapist. If you are suffering from a major disorder and need treatment please seek the help of a professional. If you need help finding a mental health care provider call 1-800-662-HELP (4357) or visit BetterHelp to talk to a certified therapist online at an affordable price. You can download a free printable list of hotlines here and join the free mental health support group on Facebook here. This post contains affiliate links, you can read my full disclosure policy here.
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