Writing 101 and Blogging 101

I may have made a big mistake because I joined both Writing 101 and Blogging 101. For one I am supposed to write stream of consciousness and for the other a blog about why I am blogging, including a picture. So I’m going to try to do each, in a way. I’m blogging because I want to get to know people and fill them in on what I’m doing. I want to make friends and inform them about myself. I think I have some important things to say and some amusing and intelligent ways to say them. Why else do people write blogs? Some have issues of importance, such as domestic abuse or writing or how to make paper airplanes. The reasons go from the sublime to the ridiculous.

I like to read other blogs and comment on them. I like to write about things that are interesting to me. I wrote and reblogged about Robin Williams because I think there is a lot of misinformation on the web and in peoples’ minds about the nature of mental illness. I know that many people think that depressed people are that way because they choose it, that if they were less selfish they would pull themselves up by the bootstraps and get over it. Do we treat any other illness this way? Do we tell people with cancer or MS or epilepsy that they are selfish? Of course not. We don’t offer home nostrums to these people either. But the number of people who have advice for little tricks or practices that will “help” the depressed seems to grow every day. And the number of people who say “I’m depressed today” when they mean they are sad is also growing. We would never say we feel a little cancerous today, but saying we’re depressed today is okay. Why? People who live with unremitting and persistent depression don’t say, “I’m a little depressed today.” In fact, they don’t reference it at all, because we live in a society that thinks depression is equal on some scale to malingering.

The problem with stream of consciousness is that one can too easily get on a soapbox. If you learned anything from that diatribe, thank you. I’ve wanted to say that for years, and it feels good to have it in writing. As you may or may not have guessed, I have suffered from unremitting and persistent depression for almost 20 years. But I’m doing better now, thanks for asking. And as I do better, I find my creativity has returned. I have written my first book and am halfway through the first draft of my second book. Numbers three and four are waiting in the wings, so I hope this progress I have made against a pernicious disease lasts long enough to get them all written.   I even have the cover ready for the first book and you can find it here.   http://www.pinterest.com/pin/308848486919623720/ I’m supposed to embed the picture in the blog. but I haven’t figured out how to do that. But here it is! How did I do that?

So I hope this post satisfies both Writing 101 and Blogging 101. And I hope you, dear reader, know a little more about me and why I write.



2 thoughts on “Writing 101 and Blogging 101

  1. Hobbie DeHoy

    I think part of the problem with understanding depression is that a lot of people use the term colloquially, to describe their feelings when they are out of sorts, or in a bad mood. It really isn’t the same at all. I would take someone much more seriously if she confided to me that she suffered from depression, as opposed to someone telling me she stood me up for coffee because she was depressed. It’s too bad this is the case.


  2. bhalsop Post author

    I understand what you are saying, but word choices have changed before when a minority has objected loud enough. See, e.g., ni**er. We may even get the Redskins to change their name. My hope, eventually, that the idea of using depression colloquially, or talking about crazy people, will go the way of the former two. Even though Redskins is still there, the dialogue has started. And I hope that I can trigger a discussion about the mental health issue. If I can convince one person, that is one more than woke up this morning knowing it. And if I have to change minds and speech patterns one person at a time, so be it. But I appreciate your comment.



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