Well well, it’s happened again! The ever-amazing Ida over at Around the Ward in 80 days has nominated me for the Mystery Blogger Award… oooh, mysterious. If you haven’t read Ida’s blog then do it immediately – she writes so frankly about her experiences with depression, she is thoughtful, charismatic, honest and hilarious to boot.
WHAT IS MYSTERY BLOGGER AWARD?
“This is an award for amazing bloggers with indigenous posts. Their blog not only captivates; it inspires and motivates. They are one of the best out there, and they deserve every recognition they get. This award is also for bloggers who find fun and inspiration in blogging and they do it with so much love and passion.” – Okoto Enigma
- Thank whoever nominated you and include link to their blog
- Tell your readers 3 things about yourself
- Nominate 10-20 bloggers you feel deserve the award
- Answer the questions from the person who nominated you
- Ask your nominees 5 questions of your choice with one weird or funny one
- Notify your nominees by commenting on their blog
Okay, so three things about me…
- I am always drinking water. Hydration is KEY. I get grumpy and headachey if I haven’t had enough water.
- I have a lot of house plants. I took a neglected peace lily home from one of my old jobs, and it’s spawned five new plants to date. One of my succulents has also birthed a child. I’m a very proud plant grandmother.
- I’M VEGAN AND IT’S GREAT.
Alright, on to the nominations. It says ten to twenty blogs, but I’m going to do however many I feel like. I’d also like to mention that there is absolutely no pressure for any of the nominees to respond with their own posts. I just want to give a shout out to some of the great bloggers out there.
Bethany Ellen What a babe. Her blog is so lovely, she tells her stories about mental and physical health really well and always manages to shine out some positivity. She’s honest and says a lot of what we’re all thinking.
Nicole Eloise Oooh, this girl. Nicole blogs about mental health, chronic illness AND beauty, so there’s plenty of awesome content to get your teeth into. She’s honest and fiery, a great spokesperson in the mental health community, and she has a really cute little dog. What’s not to love?
Poorly Brain Mental health blogging to the max. Honest, insightful, straight to the point. A really valuable story to tell and to read – just go and have a look, will you?
How I Killed Betty This is a great blog. Real, honest conversation about mental health. She’s so relatable, and honestly, I have LOLed several times when reading her posts – she’s genuinely hilarious and reminds me how important it is to be able to tell our stories without forgetting who we are.
My Bellyful I just really fucking enjoy reading this blog. Lifestyle, mental health, writing literature… all the greats.
Under My Skin Liz is fantastic. She writes so well and openly about mental health (and other things), and she’s a really supportive, kind voice in the community with great insight and a sense of humour.
Alright, that isn’t ten people but you know, rules are made to be broken, and all that. Probably.
I suppose it’s time to answer Ida’s questions and then think of some of my own. Eep.
- What has blogging brought into your life?
An understanding, a much deeper understanding, of how mental health affects not just me, but so many others. It’s honestly been amazing to see so many different stories, thoughts, opinions and experiences, as well as to properly feel that actually, it’s not just me.
2. Is there something you’d like to change about your blog?
Um, no. It’s literally perfect. I do worry that I’ll run out of things to write about, which is why I lazily branded myself a ‘mental health and lifestyle’ blogger, but I don’t seem to be able to write about anything other than my mental health.
3. If you write about mental health, how do you feel about sharing such an intimate part of yourself?
I honestly don’t care – weirdly, it doesn’t bother me at all that strangers or people I might know have easy access to my nonsensical ramblings. It’s a huge part of me, and rather than carrying it around all on my own I thought I’d bring other people down as well. In all seriousness, I think it’s so important to keep talking about these things that I don’t mind being exposed, and it gives me accountability and a release to write about it.
4. What would be your dream collaboration?
I honestly don’t know, I haven’t thought about this at all. I’m just going to go really far out now, and suggest that if he’s open to it, Eminem can come and collaborate with me any time he likes. He can rap my blog posts. It would sound great and definitely not weird at all. We’d make an album. It would not sell. I hope you’re ready for this.
5. One thing you’d do
when if you’d rule the world?
So many things. I would ban single-use plastic packaging in supermarkets. Boring, maybe, but necessary. I would create an army of wellness warriors who would go into schools, universities, workplaces, whatever and talk about mental health. People need to learn what it’s about for the sake of themselves and others around them.
Oh, me? Now it’s my turn to make up some questions for my lovely nominees? Well, if you insist.
- What’s your favourite of your own blog posts, and why?
- What’s your favourite blogging-related social media channel to use?
- How do you feel now about your first ever blog post?
- Would you ever write a fictional blog post/story/whatever? If so, what would it be about?
- You have the ability to pause time (like Bernard’s Watch, if you ever saw that). What do you do?