Hey hey! It’s Friday! If you’re looking for the current Fiction Fridays prompt, check here. Last week I decided to make Fiction Fridays biweekly rather than weekly to give YOU more time to enter to be featured on this here front page, and to give ME more opportunity to actually do some new writing.
But I also promised that I would find something awesome plus interesting to add for the off-Fridays. That’s a tall order, but here it is! A blog share for mental illness blogs!
One of the best surprises blogging about PTSD has offered me is the ability to connect with like-minded, supportive people going through similar struggles. So far I have met a number of amazing mamas with PTSD, and other kind, intelligent, interesting, and brave mental illness warriors who are breaking stigma to smithereens every day. But it seems like almost every day I’m reading a blog post with a shout-out to ANOTHER amazing mental illness blogger, and, frankly, I can’t keep up. So I have created this link up! My hope is that we can use to this to come together, drop our links, connect, and create a big STIGMA SMASHING MACHINE! Orrrrr something of that sort.
Anyway, I don’t like rules so much. I find a ton of rules annoying. However, rules do have their use, and a few simple rules can help a thing like this run smoothly. SO, here we go…
Here’s the link to the Betty’s Battleground Facebook Community page (www.facebook.com/bettysbattleground), and here’s the blog subscription form:
If you want to do both, awesome, but I ask that you do at least one so that you can continue to get reminders about these awesome link-ups!
I think the comment or share rule is pretty self-explanatory, but don’t let it limit you. Feel free to read posts and make as many respectful connections as you please!
Regarding abusive language or posts, I realize everyone has their own idea of what constitutes abuse. Some people think that simple disagreement is abuse, and if that’s the standard by which you want to moderate your comments, that’s just fine. Everyone’s personal blog comment rules are their own. For the purposes of this group, a simple expression of disagreement will not constitute abuse. Directed profanity, non-constructive criticism, and general rudeness will. If you submit an abusive post, or someone reports that you left an abusive comment via this link-up, depending on the severity, you will be banned from the next two link ups. Unless it’s just really egregious, in which case you will simply be banned, period. I retain discretion to make those decisions, but I will do my best to be fair in all cases. If you think I’ve been unfair, you can e-mail me, but I will not engage in an abusive conversation or pointless back-and-forth, so please try to make your e-mail constructive.
Anyway, if you do all this stuff, I will share your posts and all will be awesome!
Mother’s Day is this weekend, which means it’s time to show some love, or at least emotion, to mothers ’round the world. The Week 1 theme is “mothers with mental illness.” Drop a link to any post (or two) related to that theme, including writing about being a mother with a mental illness, having a mother with a mental illness, or a general scientific inquiry into the mystifying creature known as motherwithmentalillness. Or whatever. Don’t worry; if this theme doesn’t work for you, I’ll have a new theme next Off-Friday. You don’t have to participate in every link-up if you don’t want to!
Adding your link is super easy! Just go to the Off-Fridays Wk:1 Page (you’ll still be on Betty’s Battleground; don’t worry) and drop your link in the box.
Here’s the badge to tell everyone you did it! It’s purrty and it will help attract more people; more people=more community, so I’d love it if you would include this badge in your blog sidebar or on the post! I made it on mycoolrealm.com
This link-up will be open until next Friday, May 18th. For another way to be featured on Betty’s Battleground, check out the open Fiction Fridays prompt. Up to three winners will be featured on my FRONT PAGE!
If you participated, don’t forget to share the link to this page. It’s easy! Just click a share button or two, located down below the post, or floating on the side of your screen, over there on the left. If you use the Pinterest browser button, there’s a real nice Pin embedded in this post 😉
If you didn’t participate but think you know some bloggers who may want to, please share as well!
And don’t forget to subscribe if you think this idea is awesome, or if you miss Fiction Fridays and want to make sure you don’t miss the next one.
I’m really excited to host this; I hope you’re as excited to participate.
Til next time!