Taking the 101

Now I'm Taking Blogging 101 - Sign of US 101 South with arrow

Now, after having blogged for about one year and four months, I’m finally taking the WordPress Blogging University course Blogging 101: Zero to Hero. Today’s assignment is to write and publish a post about who I am and why I’m here. Here goes. Obviously, my name is Kitt O’Malley. I mean, my name is at the top of the page, in the URL, tied to a bazillion or so social media presences, so that is who I am. As my tag line implies, I live with a diagnosis of bipolar disorder. To find out more about who I am, you can read About KittMy Story, or read about my “mystic” psychotic break.

The prompts for today’s post are:

  • Why are you blogging publicly,rather than keeping a personal journal?
    • I blog publicly (but I’ve also started to journal again), for I have a message to share. Blogging can be a powerful way to affect change – both positive social change and personal change. I started my blog because of a trigger to mood cycling. I found myself blogging for I felt a pressure to write – to get thoughts and words out of my mind. Why share them publicly? Well, I suppose I need support, I need an outlet, I need an audience. I greatly enjoy the company and mutual support in the blogosphere, and in the WordPress mental health blogging community in particular. There is a strong community of mental health bloggers who offer each other positive support. My focus has become clearer as I have written, and as I have engaged with other bloggers. I am a mental health advocate. I am a member of a community of mental health advocates. We not only offer each other support, but we educate each other and the public about mental health issues and work to overcome social stigma attached to mental illness.
  • What topics do you think you’ll write about?
    • From my answer above, you can pretty much deduce that I write about mental health, specifically about living with bipolar disorder, but I do not limit myself to that subject. I have written about other subjects, and I sometimes I take photographs, mostly of flowers, which I occasionally post.
  • Who would you love to connect with via your blog?
  • If you blog successfully throughout the next year, what would you hope to have accomplished?
    • Write to advocate, educate, destigmatize, and support with regard to mental health issues.
    • Hone my writing voice. Write more often and more prolifically.
    • Maybe start weaving together what original content I have written into a book. Who knows?

38 thoughts on “Taking the 101

  1. stockdalewolfe January 8, 2015 / 7:21 am

    So well put. You captured the essence of why it is important to blog, at least for me.

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      • stockdalewolfe January 8, 2015 / 2:30 pm

        We may be on the same page and with the same mission but you are infinitely more active and qualified and achieving than I. I admire your energy and drive. That same sort of drive prompted me to write my book but I see my mission more realistically now and it is very humble. I have other things going on. No. 1 priority is to take care of my sick husband. And have found a guru who I am studying under so I guess it is fair to say my mission has changed. I hope to at least to get back to photography. You, dear Kitt, are on fire with activism which is great and I applaud you and support you in it! x x ellen

        Liked by 2 people

        • Kitt O'Malley January 8, 2015 / 5:27 pm

          Taking care of your husband and studying under a guru will bring you greater love and joy. I need to slow down if I am to have staying power, take care of myself, and take care of my family.

          Liked by 1 person

  2. dyane January 7, 2015 / 10:44 am

    p.s. as a born & bred So Cal girl, I loved the 101 South photo you chose!

    Liked by 1 person

    • Kitt O'Malley January 7, 2015 / 11:20 am

      I figured the Californian’s would get it. Note I phrased it “the 101,” not just “101.”

      Liked by 1 person

  3. dyane January 7, 2015 / 10:43 am

    Beautifully written…..but I would expect nothing less than that! 😉

    Liked by 1 person

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