Happy Friday! Are you ready to help create a HUGE ONLINE STIGMA SMASHING COMMUNITY??
It’s the second Off-Friday since I started the NEW Mental Illness Blog Share. The first one started off a bit slow on Mother’s Day weekend, but ended up coming together to become an archive of nine incredible mother-themed posts.
This Friday also happens to be my lovely littlest one’s second birthday! I’m so excited to celebrate with my husband and his family this year. So far both girls have had a great time being pampered to oblivion by their grandparents. The birthday girl (and the birthday girl’s sister at that) even got a set of custom princess dresses, hand-sewn by their great grandmother, or as she is called in Argentina, “Nona.”
In honor of la princessa de mi vida I have made the Week 2 theme “celebrations.” Don’t worry…the future themes will be a little broader and less specific to my personal life. But this one is actually pretty broad too. Celebrations can mean a lot of things. It can be a post about a birthday party, or one celebrating an important figure or figures in your life; it can be a guide to overcoming social anxiety during the holidays, a celebration of a personal accomplishment-big or small, an account of a time you relapsed because of a holiday, or a time you were proud because you came close but didn’t; even a complaint about celebrations fits here. Really: If you think it fits the theme, it probably does. This linky is less about adhering strictly to a theme, and more about mental illness bloggers around the world joining together to “meet,” read each other’s stories, form potential collaborations, and provide free communal advertising for our blogs. Plus, once it closes, we’ll have created another archive of mental illness posts centered around the theme of “celebrations.”
I’ve done a bit of updating. This link-up party is new, after all, so changes may occur. I’ll try to keep them low-key and streamlined. This week it’s pretty much just some font changes, and I updated the button! So if you’re using it, it’s up to you if you want to go with the old one or the new one…but I like the new one myself. I also registered the #OffFridays hashtag, so please be sure to use it when sharing your Off-Fridays links!
If you’re new to Off-Fridays, there are a few rules. I am not a fan of crazy rules so I did my best to keep em sweet n simple. Here they are:
Most link-up parties require members to subscribe to the blog e-mail list; I’m leaving it open to you whether you do that or “like+follow” my Facebook Community page because I know people have individual preferences about how they like to receive updates. That being said, I strongly recommend that you add your name to my e-mail list, because that way you will get my exclusive monthly newsletter, which includes shout-outs and links to my favorite relevant posts, Parenting with Mental Illness interview extras, and art or poetry from awesome MH community artists (speaking of which: If you want to submit your poetry or art for the newsletter, please e-mail firstname.lastname@example.org). Enter your info here to subscribe; never fear, I won’t share or sell it.
If you would rather (or also) like to follow the Facebook Page, click here or copy and paste this into your browser: http://www.facebook.com/bettysbattleground
If you need clarification on any other rules, please see the Off-Fridays Rules Page.
And please don’t forget to share Off-Fridays! Even if you don’t have a post to add this week, I’d lovelovelove it if you could take a moment to share this on a channel or two (or four…pssst: if you use the Pinterest browser button, I’ve got a snazzy one embedded into this page)…ya never know, maybe a mental illness blogger you know has a post about grounding techniques during social gatherings that she is just dying to share around!
Now, let’s get celebrating! Click here to add your link to the Off-Fridays Week 2 Blog Share (never fear: you will remain on Betty’s Battleground):
If you’re looking for that new button to add to your sidebar or post page, here it is; I made it on mycoolrealm.com: