ATTENTION PLEASE! AFTER YOU READ THROUGH THIS POST, PLEASE CHECK OUT OUR FREQUENTLY ASKED QUESTIONS PAGE ON THE OFFICIAL BLOG FOR MENTAL HEALTH PROJECT SITE. ALSO, PLEASE HAVE A LOOK AT OUR TAKE THE PLEDGE PAGE FOR MORE DETAILED INSTRUCTIONS, SHOULD YOU NEED THEM.
Ladies and gentlemen, boys and girls, friends in the blogging world and outside of it, the time has come. So sit down, squat down, or lie down, but make yourselves at home. Because it’s time at last for. . .
Are you as excited as I am? I don’t think anyone could be, but please humor me and try to give a good imitation. ;)
Now, for those who are new to this, Blog For Mental Health was a project dreamed up by none other than Canvas co-founder Lulu three years ago, which she launched through her personal blog in 2012. She was gracious enough to let us continue the tradition last year here on Canvas, and all I can say is wow. The response was thrilling, and I was still fielding questions about it well into November of 2013.
As I said, last year was a thrill. It was also an enormous learning curve for me. I got a great deal of feedback from many of you on what worked and what didn’t, not to mention what I discovered through my own role coordinating. So this year, you’ll notice some important changes.
Now we get down to the real live Blog For Mental Health 2014 pledge!
Blog For Mental Health 2014
I know you’re all burning up from wanting to know how you can be involved in the 2014 project! Directions are as follows:
First, all you need to do is write a post. It’s that simple. The post should include the following:
The original words from the founder herself, which clearly have stood the test of time and need absolutely no modification outside of the year. ;)
“I pledge my commitment to the Blog for Mental Health 2014 Project. I will blog about mental health topics not only for myself, but for others. By displaying this badge, I show my pride, dedication, and acceptance for mental health. I use this to promote mental health education in the struggle to erase stigma.”
There is no requisite number of posts you need to make in the year to “qualify”. As many of your words and as much of your time as you can contribute, it’s enough. A little can go a very long way in the fight to raise awareness, educate, show support, and eradicate stigma.
Also, as referenced in the pledge, the post should include the Blog For Mental Health 2014 badge (as seen above). You are also encouraged to display this badge on your blog all year, like we’ve done in the sidebar (image URL for your WordPress widget is http://acanvasoftheminds.files.wordpress.com/2014/01/bfmh14-copy-e1388959797718.jpg).
Please include in your post as little or as much as you would like about your experiences with mental health. This can be your own story, the impact of a loved one’s struggles, perhaps something you read or saw that really woke you up to the importance of addressing mental health. Anything that has truly impacted you matters. Essentially, we want to know what has drawn you to become a part of the Blog For Mental Health campaign.
Finally, please include a link back to this post, here, on Canvas. This helps more and more bloggers to become informed about Blog For Mental Health, and to make a choice to get involved (or not) — without the pressure many have felt when we have asked them to pledge others.
Now. I am going to be completely honest with you for a moment. The way the pledging process was set up last year was confusing for a lot of you and straight up chaotic for me. Of course I set it up, so it’s all on me as well. But this year I’ve made a real change to make things easier!
So, once you have written your post, email the link to your specific Blog For Mental Health post to firstname.lastname@example.org (just a link to your site itself is not what I need). I am the only one with access to the account, in case you have privacy concerns.
If you like, include social media you are on (your Twitter handle, the URL of a facebook page for your blog [not your personal account], a link to your Google+ profile) that you would like connected with your post, if any.
I do have to put in a disclaimer here. There has been enormous growth in the number of spam and ad sites recently. While I want awareness, I reserve the right to challenge and/or refuse any piece I suspect of being fraudulent or from a site primarily for monetary gain. Regular people, don’t worry. ;)
With that out of the way, a final note from Lulu, from a comment on this year’s prologue post:
“I am elated that this all came to fruition, and it is thriving. Thank you to everyone who has participated in the past and to those who plan on participating in the future.”
It felt just perfect to me to have her benediction before we began.
I am incredibly excited about this, loves! Last year really was an amazing one for this project, and for me personally, reading all of your posts. I cannot wait to see what 2014 brings.
Show the world our strength, show them our solidarity, show them what we are made of. Take the Blog for Mental Health pledge and proudly display the badge on your blog!
About Blog For Mental Health – A Canvas Of The Minds
Blog For Mental Health 2014: Unplanned Teaser Post – A Canvas Of The Minds
Blog For Mental Health 2014: The Prologue – A Canvas Of The Minds
Blog For Mental Health 2013 – A Canvas Of The Minds
Blog for Mental Health 2012 – Sunny With a Chance Of Armageddon
IMPORTANT NOTE: The response to Blog For Mental Health 2014 has been so tremendous that a separate blog has actually been created to handle it. You can read a post on the subject here, and then actually visit The Official Blog For Mental Health Project to see what it’s all about!
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