Let’s start by commemorating the fact that I started Unwanted Life on 7th January 2019, with the first article (Date Night: The Difficulties Of Meeting My Partner) going live on 14th January 2019.
Since then, I think I’ve only missed one, maybe two, deadlines for publishing a new article, because of health issues. I was also overestimating my ability to publish articles as frequently as my blogging peers. I can spend a sizable amount of time reading literature and academic journals for my articles. It doesn’t help that I have dyslexia, either. As such, I went from trying to publish two articles a week to once a week, which was better suited for my wellbeing and my blog.
If you’d like to read my other roundup articles in honour of commemorating my other blogging birthdays, then you can do so by clicking these links:
What Have I Been Doing Over The Last Year?
After a long drawn out nightmare with my previous landlord of about 15 years, I was able to move. That moving experience led to me writing an article about how to have a stress-free move. However, the grass isn’t yet greener where I moved to. There are issues with existing tenants there who the landlord is trying to evict. It’s an enormous mess, which hasn’t been great for my mental health. But hopefully that’ll be resolved soon.
I’ve cut back on my social media use. Sites like Pinterest and Instagram just aren’t worth me investing any time in as I get next to nothing back for my efforts. After a couple of years of engaging with Pinterest’s “customer service”, I decided to give up on them and other platforms. It just wasn’t worth the aggro.
I’ve also stopped watching the news on TV to help with my outlook on the world. Giving up on my daily morning news intake has also been quite beneficial. Over the last year, hearing about how my government has continued to fuck us over and then lie so obviously about it, had finally got to me. It was just making me start the day angry and negative. So I followed my own cheerscrolling advice and ditched the news. I still check in on what’s going on later in the day, but I skip watching the news on TV.
I got into Lego this year, something I hadn’t done since I was in primary school. I’ve found it surprisingly therapeutic and beneficial to my wellbeing to take time putting the sets together. So much so that I plan to create an article about how Lego can be great for our mental wellbeing. Just like any hobby can be.
I’ve been putting together a sub-domain to house a members section for my blog. Although my self-sabotaging behaviours have stopped me from making it live. The members section has been something floating around in the back of my mind for a while, after a Twitter friend suggested I offer a brain storming service. It hadn’t crossed my mind before, but it has stuck with me.
This eventually led to me looking into how I could offer a brain storming service, which grew into thinking about offering a mental health mentor and brain storming service. The plan is to add some exclusive personal content as well. I’ve pretty much designed my members’ section to accommodate this, but I just don’t know if this would be a waste of time. The last thing I need is to be reminded that my blog isn’t as good as some of my peers. After all, I’m doing it to help others, but my depression is ever present. Hopefully, I’ll make a decision about launching the members’ section soon.
I also did a memory walk for the Alzheimer’s Society, which was fun. Raised some money and got a nice medal in return. I did the walk for my granddad, who died as a result of having dementia. If I make my members’ section live, then you’ll find an article about this in that section.
To celebrate my actual birthday, me, my partner, and a load of our friends got dressed up in suits and did afternoon tea, which was lovely. We then hit a load of cocktail bars, because that’s what you should do when dressed up.
Commemorating My Awards Over The Last Year
I made it into the top 10 UK bloggers this year, decided by Vuelio. It was only 10th place, but it’s still something to feel proud about, and still a blogging achievement. I was also given the ‘Best Depression Prevention Blog – UK’ award by Global Health & Pharma Magazine, which was nice. Two things that will definitely feature in my achievements collage.
Commemorating My Blog With My Five Favourite Articles
Let’s start off by commemorating an article that had been in the ideas section of my note app for a long time. It’s a topic I’d always wanted to write about, but hadn’t got around to doing so. When my partner talked to me about a link between entropy and happiness, that gave me a reason to tackle the topic of happiness. Happiness being a choice is of those things that really grinds me gears when people say it, because it’s simply not true. Thus, this article is one of my favourite over the last year because it allowed me to discuss why happiness isn’t a choice.
Although I’m not a woman, I found this a compelling topic to write about because we live in a very White male dominated health and mental health focused world. Thus, to me at least, this is a topic worth commemorating. Not only did endometriosis fit in with the mental health side of my blog, but it also fits in with the invisible disabilities part of my blog as a whole. It was a very eye-opening topic to talk about.
It was also a topic that more people need to talk about, because it can be very debilitating, just like many other chronic conditions. I hope my article on endometriosis had a positive impact on the conversation about endometriosis, because it needs to be talked about openly.
Because I’ve had negative intrusive thoughts longer than most people who read this blog have been alive, I know what worked and doesn’t work for me regarding how I manage it. I wrote this article on thought suppression, because the method that worked for me doesn’t seem to be one that’s often discussed. The difference between the common methods suggested for tackling thought suppression and the one that worked for me was so far apart that I had to write about it, so I did. And now I’m commemorating that fact.
This might seem like an unusual thing to write about, how 4K HD TV improved my body image issues, but because it did, I wanted to write about it. I wanted to know if this was something that had only helped me, or if other people had noticed a change because of 4K HD TV as well. I would love to see an academic study on this, because of how much of a difference it made for me.
It was a tough choice deciding between my article on how extroverts would benefit from being a little more introverted, but my self-discipline article won. Let me tell you why. I’ve always had trouble with procrastination, but that wasn’t my real problem. My real problem was a lack of self discipline, which also appeared true for many people with poor mental health. I do best when I have a healthy reward to aim for, but I do even better when there’s something holding me to account.
A lack of a reason, and I’ll easily forget about it or put it off. Because of this, I wanted to share how people could use self-discipline to kick start their motivation, which is what I did with the article I wrote on the topic.
So these are my five favourite articles since commemorating my blog a year ago. What Unwanted Life articles were your favourites? Let me know in the comments section below.
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