Maybe I am wrong to rant, but allow me to stew a bit in some of my righteous indignation juices 😉
I came across a post with regards to blogging etiquette and best practices and I would like to holler a bit.
A blogger friend had to start extra blogs based on another bloggers advise to break down her current blog into different blogs, because they deemed it that her articles on devotion do not fit in with articles concerning her mental health and I am like what?
In essence, the advise is that for a mental health blog, all that is expected of the blog are issues about the person’s mental health and depression. How depressing is that? Is that all that her life is about?
Who decides these things and makes these rules? I feel that humans who tend to make this suggestion have issues with other peoples happiness and therefore decides that a person who has mental ill health has no business praying
I am still struggling to grasp and understand so maybe someone will educate my poor mind a bit more.
The ‘so-called blog experts’ say that your blog must be themed to be deemed worthwhile and to get like-minded followers. I don’t need only like-mindedness. I love variety and its that simple.
It’s all a matter of choice, or isn’t it? My blog, my rules 😉
To me, it sounds a bit as if she is being asked to break herself into compartments *the blog represents* her to me.
Some of us write not necessarily to score points and what not, but because we find healing in our hearts by doing so. We write because we hope that our words will encourage someone else out there, even if it is just one person.
Why do we like to put ourselves in manacles and strictures? Actively managing one blog can be hectic not to talk of two or three.
Some of us just want to share our mundane conundrums without having some persnickety human, pointing fingers at where you should fit in x or y and souring the juice of fun in the blog.
Very soon, they would want us all to turn into little wound up robots, all saying the same thing and fitting into one tiny box.
Typically, I dislike stereotyping and labeling. I see it as being narrow-minded, when we assume just a little too much.
If someone who has mental health issues or any other issues for that matter, cannot have a category in his/her blog where he/she connects with his/her intrinsic self, as well as show her readers her self-help survival tips through her devotionals, just how dry do you want the blog to be?
What if a reader is not inclined to follow all the other blogs they have started because they like the original one-stop shop of a blog? Then I suppose they should just be contented in losing their readers.
Mental ill-health or any ill-health is not who the individual is, but a condition that he/she has.
© Jacqueline Oby-Ikocha