I’ve learned so much already from blogging about mental health, and with each post I publish, I get more excited about the next thing to write. I have so many ideas, and I want to share them all with you!
However, this takes a lot of work, and I can’t maintain it alone.
The Cost Of Running A Blog
The financial cost of this WordPress blog is $8/month. (Squarespace was double the cost with a fraction of the features, thus the move. Clearly, I need to do more research before choosing a hosting site.)
Additionally, I plan on doing book reviews. The one and only downfall about books is that they cost money. I have no problem dropping hundreds of dollars on new things to read, but that isn’t exactly sustainable (unless someone wants to pay me thousands of dollars to review books. Any takers?).
As I’ve mentioned before, I learned a great deal of what I’ve shared through therapy and intensive inner work. My therapist charges $75 per session, and I’d love to meet with her more than twice a month. These lessons are free for you, but they cost me a pretty penny to garner the information.
The emotional cost of blogging is much higher. More than once, I have accidentally triggered myself by writing about things that were related to trauma. Even in the Depression series, you’ll find I’ve glossed over some key points simply because they were too painful to write about. After writing a piece, I usually have to take the remainder of the day to rest.
Even though I’m only releasing new posts every other week, due to the heavy content, it’s a lot of emotional labor to keep going.
How You Can Help
“But we never asked you to start a blog!” cries the dissenting voice in my head representing everyone.
That’s true. No one asked me to do this.
However, have you learned something from what I’ve shared? Did you feel inspired to take the steps to improve your own mental health?
Then you’ve benefitted from my efforts. And I’m so glad you did.
So, here are some ways you can help me.
- Donations— proceeds will go towards the subscription of the blog, therapy, and occasionally coffee (which also counts as therapy, in my book). Fill out the form at the bottom of the page! Don’t worry, your payment info is kept private.
- Buy books from my affiliate links — if you look under the “Books” page, you’ll find most of the links lead to my affiliate account on Bookshop.org; I’ll receive a (very small) percentage of the amount of money spent, and more will go towards funding local bookshops, which are in pretty desperate need of help. Plus, you get a book!
- Send me books — is there a specific book you’d like me to review, or just one you think I’d like? Send it my way!
If these aren’t feasible, I get it; money is tight, especially this year. Here are non-financial ways you can help me out a little:
- Write a guest post — share your own mental health story, or talk about a lesson that had a big impact on your well-being. I’d love to get some fresh voices here, and your story is very different from mine, which is a truly wonderful thing! Head over to the Contact page and tell me what you’d like to write about. If you have an idea but don’t know where to take it, I would be happy to help you find the direction you want to go.
- Interact with me — I seriously cried happy tears when I got the first comment here. Every time someone tells me they like what I’m doing, it puts me on Cloud Nine for the entire day. This blog is not written for the masses at large; it’s written for you, the person reading these very words, and I would love to hear from you. Leave a comment. Send me a message. Is there a topic you’d like to know more about? Did you read an article you thought I would like? Are you wanting clarification on something I wrote about? How has sharing my story impacted you?
- Share this blog — Currently, I have a very small following, which is fine. Like I just said, I’m not writing to speak to the masses, and honestly being in a spotlight makes me uncomfortable. But, I think there’s no such thing as too much information about mental health, and if something within the walls of this site resonated with you, I’d love for you to share the page.
Anything you can do to help me out makes a huge difference, and I appreciate you so much for just being here.
Blessed be, loves.
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