If you’re reading this, will you leave me a comment?
Every once in a while I get a message from a reader telling me that my blog resonates with her, that she appreciates my honesty, and that she appreciates that I’m giving voice to experiences and opinions that are often silenced. It feels really great. For someone who spends a lot of time alone–or rather, a lot of time in the company of people too young to articulate complex thoughts–it feels good to know that even though I often feel lonely and unheard, people actually do read what I write on occasion.
Sometimes those conversations continue and that person ends up writing a guest post, or we chat on Twitter* every once in a while, but often it ends with my “thank you.” I don’t get a chance to know these people who read my work.
Other times, I don’t get blog comments or these kinds of messages for days. Even the angry 12-step rebuttals tell me someone is reading, but when nothing comes in at all, the silence of my life begins to crowd around me and stuff up my head like a bad cold. So, I’ve decided to do a sort of “sound check!” Find out if anyone’s actually reading this, and by doing that, learn a thing or two about you (if you do, in fact, exist). I’m publishing a mini-survey to get you know you. Will you leave me a comment and tell me your answers–as many as you feel comfortable providing? Let me get to know you, too!
*about Twitter: Today, October 13th, I am staying off Twitter as part of a protest related to the Weinstein sexual harassment scandal (my computer was autosigned in when I opened it this morning but I didn’t check anything, I swear…and Crowdfire might autopost for me…it might a stupid version of participation, but I’m going to do my best because…fuck Trump) Rose McGowan made some statements about her experiences with the Hollywood creeper and had her account temporarily closed in response. Twitter released a statement assuring everyone that it was simply because she tweeted a personal phone number. Maybe that’s true, or maybe they were looking for an excuse to silence a woman speaking vehemently against a powerful Hollywood mogul. Who knows? What we do know is that Trump has been sending out tweets that may set off a nuclear war, and his account remains untouched–apparently, according to Twitter, because of his “newsworthiness.” Um. Wow. There won’t be any news when we’re all dead. Anyway, that is why I am participating. Any excuse to silence a woman speaking out about sexual violence, but when the idiot president violates the rules by insulting others and making threats of violence, it’s “too newsworthy” to stop. So you won’t see me on Twitter today, October 13 2017.
Getting To Know You Survey
I would love to see some of my readers leave comments with the answers to these questions! Feel free to skip anything you’re not comfortable sharing.
-What’s your name?
-How old are you?
-Where are you from?
-Tell me something random and interesting about yourself that you don’t usually get the opportunity to share.
-What accomplishment are you most proud of?
-You get three wishes: one for yourself, one for someone else, and one for the world in general. What are they?
-What is your relationship with Post-Traumatic Stress Disorder, mental illness, addiction, etc?
-What are your best recovery/healing tools?
-Why do you read this blog?
-What kind of topics would you like to see covered here, or in the media in general about mental health?
-What questions do you have about issues related to mental health, opioid addiction, or domestic violence?
-If you could visit anywhere in the world, where would it be?
-If I was going to visit your hometown, what would you recommend I do first?
-What’s you favorite book or author?
-Can you recommend me something awesome to watch on Netflix or Amazon?
-What science fiction invention do you most wish actually existed?
That’s all! If there’s anybody out there, please leave a comment with answers so I can get to know you, too. Thank you to anyone who does!