Due to my health, I will no longer be able to curate this site. If Blog For Mental Health has served its true purpose, you don’t need me here anymore anyway. The 2015 Blogroll is up-to-date as of this writing, and you can use the wonderful community of bloggers listed there to make connections, and to find kindred spirits dealing with similar challenges. That’s always been the most important role of Blog For Mental Health, to connect individuals in a positive way to support one another.
A number of questions come up often regarding Blog For Mental Health. My aim is to address them here, along with new queries I get throughout Blog For Mental Health 2015.
My site is not just devoted to mental health, I write about a lot of things. Can I still pledge?
Of course! I felt the exact same way when Lulu launched the campaign in 2012. But you know what I’ve learned? Mental health is never the only aspect of anyone’s life. Moreover, you do not have to have a mental illness, diagnosed or otherwise, to be affected by and want to raise awareness about mental health. It is everyone’s business, and we should treat it that way.
I have a post I have already written that would be perfect for this. Can I use it?
Please refrain from using a post already published and in your archives for your pledge post, even if it’s recent. If you have something especially meaningful, you are welcome to take excerpts from it, add the Blog For Mental Health Pledge, the badge, and the link back to the pledge post on Canvas, then publish it as a pledge post. The reason I ask this of you is that a very important aspect of BFMH is raising awareness among your readers. They are less likely to go back to a previous post, so the message behind BFMH might be missed. The idea is that you spread the word to your readers, and on a greater scale, I spread the word through your stories when I share them. You can, however, send along the link to a previously published piece after you have pledged, and I’ll be glad to share it out.
How do I display the Blog For Mental Health badge in my pledge post?
Your easiest bet is probably just to right-click on the image, download it to your device, then upload it to your post. There are other ways that may be faster or more practical, but if you know them, you don’t need to be reading this question. 😉
How do I display the Blog For Mental Health badge in my sidebar or footer area?
Here I can only help you out if you have a WordPress blog. There is a field in your image widget that asks for a link URL. This is what you want to paste in there: https://blogformentalhealth.files.wordpress.com/2015/01/bfmh15-4-copy.jpg . If you need additional help with fields, I have the alignment set to Center and the width and height set to 335 (width) and 373 (height), though most WordPress themes will determine a best fit automatically.
How do I know you have received my Blog For Mental Health pledge? Will I get an email letting me know?
Due to the massive response Blog For Mental Health has received, I will only reply to your your pledge post email if there is some kind of problem or glitch. The easiest way to make sure I have received it is to check out our Blog For Mental Health 2015 Official Blogroll. I try to update this every few days, so if your blog is listed, I have your post. Please remember, due to the tremendous interest, if you have not actually emailed me the link to your post(s) at firstname.lastname@example.org, I won’t have it!
Do all of my Blog For Mental Health posts need to include the badge, the pledge, and the link back to the launch post?
No. We would like for you to include this in the initial pledge post, but subsequent Blog For Mental Health posts you’d like to share are completely free from any kind of “formatting” or additions to what you want to write. Simply continue to email links to these posts to me, and I will share them out.
Initial pledge posts will be placed on the 2015 Blogrolls for both this site and A Canvas Of The Minds, and shared out through social media outlets for the BFMH Project. Subsequent posts will not listed on the Blogrolls (yinz are just so wonderfully productive!) but will be shared through BFMH Project social media. Additionally, all posts will be shared out as excerpts through this blog, The Official Blog For Mental Health Project. Posts are shared out more-or-less chronologically, in the order they were emailed to me.
I only just found Blog For Mental Health and it’s well into the year. Can I still become involved, or is there a deadline for pledging?
There is no deadline for pledging, it’s never too late! This is a year-long event, and we would love for you to show your commitment to mental health at any time during the year. That being said, if you’ve stumbled across this project on the last day of December, you might find it a better idea to wait until next year’s launch to pledge. 😉 Just as long as you’re aware that this is a project we intend to keep going until we just can’t keep up with it anymore!
For more information, as well as queries about becoming an author or contributing in any way to A Canvas Of The Minds only, please contact Ruby at email@example.com. Please email directly, and refrain from leaving links to your blog or questions about authoring below. Also, kindly refrain from directing Blog For Mental Health questions to the Canvas account.
If you have additional questions, please ask them in the comments so other bloggers can benefit as well. For anything on a personal level, email me (Ruby) at firstname.lastname@example.org . All communications will be held in the strictest confidence.
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