One year of blogging – lots of writing and exploration!

Happy first birthday

At the end of February 2018, I received a one year anniversary badge from WordPress. I guess it seems a bit late to celebrate, but unfortunately I was not feeling well when the notice arrived. I hope you won’t mind that I recognize the occasion today, belatedly.

I had a few specific purposes in creating this blog:

Serve, in many ways, as an aid to my bipolar disorder recovery – I wanted to discipline myself to write on a regular basis, preferably as many week days of the year as possible. So often with bipolar disorder, energy, motivation, and concentration are issues. To be able to fulfill an assigned responsibility with regularity is great preparation for getting back to a normal life. I also wanted to expand my thinking beyond my illness. Way too often, mental illness becomes too much of a daily focus. I had many interests and loves before my illness consumed me. It was time to revisit them, and explore new ones, too. Reading other peoples’ blogs has also been so enriching and educational for me. I follow bloggers who write nature poetry, travel or culinary-related pieces, social and political pieces, and much more. I also very much enjoy their camaraderie.

Explore my creative side, and dabble in new styles of writing – Prior to starting this blog, writing was not really a major passion of mine. Sure, I wrote plenty of papers and essays at school and university. Many of my past jobs required a lot of writing, too, especially my most recent one. But all of that writing was communications, sales and marketing-type writing. I was good at it, but it sure got boring after a while! I wanted to write stories, reflections, poetic pieces, and articles on completely different things. I’ve written portions of a potential memoir, researched topics of interest to me, had a little fun, reminisced, and looked hard and deep at who I was, am now, and who I’d like to be in the future. Never before had I expressed such passion, emotion, and love in writing.

Share my bipolar disorder experience with others and help to fight stigma – I’ve spent plenty of time at in-person and online bipolar forums, supporting others and receiving wonderful support. I still do, but there are many people out there that are unfamiliar with or have skewed understanding of bipolar disorder, anxiety, and other mental health issues. I have readers of my blog without mental health issues. That makes me so happy! I also appreciate my readers who have shared their stories and comments.

Halfway through last year, I set a goal of publishing at least 200 posts. I’m happy to say that I exceeded 230 in 12 months! That’s enough writing to fill a book, and is the equivalent of almost one post per work day. I can’t believe it! Of these posts, about 50% include some reference to mental health, but the rest are about other topics completely. Looking back at my very first post The very beginning… I achieved what I set out to do. I am tickled pink!

I am looking forward to reading and writing posts throughout 2018. I’m not entirely sure what direction(s) I’ll take, but I think that’s OK. As time passes, this will be clearer to me.

Thank you all so much!


21 thoughts on “One year of blogging – lots of writing and exploration!

  1. Alanna March 23, 2018 / 3:19 pm

    I’ve really enjoyed your posts. We started blogging roughly the same time. Quite an adventure isn’t it?

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    • updownflight March 23, 2018 / 3:39 pm

      Thank you, Alanna! And a happy blogging anniversary to you, too! It definitely is an adventure. It does the brain good.


  2. Reverie37 March 23, 2018 / 3:34 pm

    Congrats! For some reason, my “like” option doesn’t work, so I’m reintroducing myself, but I found you on the forums. -Reverie

    edit: hmm, maybe the “like” option IS working again!!

    Liked by 1 person

    • updownflight March 23, 2018 / 3:40 pm

      Thank you so much for visiting, Reverie37! I look forward to checking out your most recent posts, too.


    • updownflight March 23, 2018 / 3:42 pm

      Reverie37, I clicked on your WordPress blog link and it showed up as deleted. Are you in the midst of setting up your blog? Or maybe there are just some technical issues. I’ll try again later.


      • Reverie37 March 24, 2018 / 6:37 pm

        Hi! I’m just getting to these messages (I posted earlier, but my Tablet device doesn’t let me see notifications. lol always something!) Anyway, try this. Perhaps I typed it wrong before??

        Liked by 1 person

  3. Karen March 23, 2018 / 3:59 pm

    Congratulations on your anniversary and on meeting your goals!

    Liked by 1 person

  4. Covert Novelist March 23, 2018 / 4:05 pm

    I concur, congrats on your anniversary and exceeding your goals. Feels good doesn’t it?


  5. happy2178 March 23, 2018 / 4:10 pm

    You are an inspiration to everyone who reads your stories. Please keep writing and sharing your life with us. Uncle Bob and I are very proud of you.

    Liked by 1 person

    • updownflight March 23, 2018 / 4:31 pm

      Thank you! I appreciate that. I hope to see you, Uncle Bob, and the cousins sometime this year. I’m afraid I don’t even see dad that much. He’s such a busy bee.


  6. shatteredwishes March 23, 2018 / 5:13 pm

    I’ve really been enjoying your blog updownflight since I started following just a few weeks ago. I have learned SO MUCH from you my friend, and I always look forward to your AMAZING posts. Keep up the good work! (Oh, the fact that you share all those photos of your GORGEOUS parrot friend just warms my heart and is a wonderful added bonus!) ❤

    Liked by 1 person

    • updownflight March 23, 2018 / 7:33 pm

      Bird boy loves the compliment! I appreciate your sweet words, too. I’m glad that thread asking for blog addresses was posted on PsychC. I look forward to reading your next posts!

      Liked by 1 person

  7. Nel March 23, 2018 / 7:11 pm

    Congratulations Cindy! You’re doing a great job. Keep it up girly! 🙂

    Liked by 1 person

  8. Karin, theaustriandish March 24, 2018 / 9:33 pm

    Congratulations to your blogiversary! Thanks for sharing your ideas, your experiences and a part of your live – not to mention the parrot 😉 – with us 🙂

    Liked by 1 person

  9. JumbledRambles April 3, 2018 / 4:28 pm

    I missed your 1 year anniversary! Congratulations! Looking forward to the next year full of your writings 🙂

    Liked by 1 person

    • updownflight April 3, 2018 / 4:35 pm

      Thanks so much, JumbledRambles! Somehow the start of this second year is a bit rocky.


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