Thursday, June 30, 2016

Thank You For Your Support

Thank you for taking this journey with me over the past year. I had no idea where this would go when we began, but I’m liking the path. I hope you are as well, and I hope that you will continue to walk it with me. I certainly have no intention of stopping anytime soon, so I would enjoy the company.

This began as an expression of grief and an attempt to find a voice that I was afraid I might have lost completely. At the time, I was struggling to string three words together, let alone maintain a coherent thought from beginning to end, and do it repeatedly over a period of time. I have battled with depression for most of my life, but this was a new and terrifying development, and I needed a way to turn it around before it went too far. It was the perfect time to re-evaluate, and to invite others to learn with me. We could help each other, and each get more out of it as a result. I think we’ve had a pretty good first year for that. What say you?

We’ve expanded, obviously, and branched out to include topics and subjects that I think are relevant and related, but maybe not quite as personal, but I will also always come back to the personal. Even when it’s not personal, I try to give it a personal touch because I think that’s the way these things work best. We all care about the world, but we care for reasons, and those reasons are easier to grasp when they’re personal. Seeing how I approach and respond to those larger world issue on a personal level also gives a deeper, more practical view of the same mental health issues that were the root cause of this project. It all ties back together. Ultimately, I firmly believe that one person can make a difference, and this is me, trying to make a difference.

To make that difference, though, I do need your help. My voice is only so loud, my reach only so far. You can help me be louder and reach farther. If I have helped you in any way then I would ask you to please do me this favor: take your favorite post from Frequently Interrupted so far and share it with your friends. Show them what you like about this blog and encourage them to join our community. The more we grow, the more we can do and the further we can reach.

While you’re sharing, don’t forget that we have several methods to help with sharing. The main body of writing will always be on the blog, and we have both our Facebook page and Twitter (@MyInterruption) for previewing that writing, as well as for regular communication. I strongly encourage you to follow one or both of those so that you don’t miss anything, and please encourage your friends to follow as well. These are the places where we can talk with each other, share ideas, and grow a community. I would very much like to see our community grow, and your help is invaluable for that.

If following the motivational messages in picture form is more your style, we have Pinterest and Instagram (@MyInterruption) for that. We’re kind of split between the two. Almost everything that goes on the blog in image form ends up on Pinterest. Most of the self-contained images and the ones that are the right shape go on Instagram (which seems to have odd shape restrictions). Most of the images that we share on Facebook but not the blog also usually end up on Instagram, but you can also see more of my own personal image collection on Pinterest, if that interests you. I do believe in plenty of options.

If you would be interested in helping with financial support, and I would be most grateful if you are, we have a Patreon account and a CafePress store. I don’t have any goodies on the Patreon site because, as a writer with just about zero artistic ability, I’m not really sure what kind of goodies I could offer, but we do have t-shirts, mugs, and other odds and sundries with the Frequently Interrupted logo in the store. I hope to have more offerings available in the store in the near future, but that’s a matter of time and interest. Namely, if there’s something you’re interested in, let me know so I have a better idea of what to get to first. As always, all support is appreciated but it will never be required.

Finally, the Frequently Interrupted team is participating in an Out of the Darkness walk in December to help raise awareness and support for suicide prevention. Obviously this is a big deal to me, and I would appreciate all of the help and support we can get. You can help by spreading the word, first and foremost. Tell everyone this is happening, and tell everyone they can help. Then you can either join our walking team and work to raise funds and awareness yourself, or you can donate through one of the walkers on our team. Click for more information, and thank you for your support.

I seem to say that last phrase fairly often, but I mean it in all sincerity. None of this would work without you. Even the writing therapy aspect of it is more beneficial because I have people with whom to share that therapy. Thank you, and thank you for helping us grow. I’ll close by repeating the challenge once more. If I have been of any help to you, please take your favorite Frequently Interrupted entry and share it with your friends. Encourage them to join us, and help spread the word. Thank you.

Here’s to another great year. Namaste.

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