Officially Funny. Or am I?

Soooooo… guess who got a nomination for a blog award for being a source of amusement?

The health blogger awards are quite big in my twitterssphere with many of my friends online sharing similar experiences of trying to quite literally hold it together and wobble through life. So, yeah, even being on the list is quite awesome – but winners are picked on endorsements.


Whether you read my blog to laugh at or with me, or if by some streak of luck I’ve managed to help in any way, I’d really appreciate you clicking the link & pressing the big purple “endorse” button to validate my online existence. 

https://awards.wegohealth.com/nominees/12945
Hey, you never know, you might be able to say “yeah, I knew her before she was huge”…. because in the words of The Brain “We’re going to take over the world”.

Clearly feel free to spread the link far & wide 😉

NARF.

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Blogger Recognition Award

I received a surprise post with one of these from Ren of Broken Down Body (how lovely!! And thank you so much!). It’s lovely when other bloggers make a point of telling you they like your writing (& a tiny bit affirming as so many of us blog in place of verbalising!).

I love reading her blog as it’s a different view of Ehlers Danlos Syndrome which we share and she handles things with far more grace than I do!

Anyway, the idea of this is to write a blog in which you follow

The Rules

1. Thank the blogger who nominated you.

2. Write a post and display the award.

3. Share in your post a brief history of how your blog started.

4. Give advice to new bloggers.

5. Nominate other bloggers you feel deserve the award.

6. Let each blogger know that you have nominated them.

So, without further adieu here it is:

1. Done. (See above)

2. I rather think the is it… (see image above)

3. How my blog started:

I’ll admit, I had to scroll back a while to find out where all this started in early 2013, but apparently I arrived on this blog with a bang, or rather a mooncup. I’d written a very personal blog before, but decided on the grounds of mental health I would remove my previous blog and start this one. Initially it was a bunch of random topics about being an insufferable geek, mother, and teacher. Looking back, it was clear where it would end up with my physical health & mobility rapidly declining throughout the lifetime of my blog. In its current evolution  (this is not it’s final form), I blog about teaching, Ehlers Danlos Syndrome, disability, and accessibility.

4. So …dear new blogger, 

Expect some weird comments. You can’t control who reads your blog so be careful posting too many personal details. Don’t use people’s real names (but people will get to know who ‘they’ are).

Most importantly, don’t ever read the search terms & if you get a troll, screen capture them and blog a response. You’ll find 95% of the blogger community will get right behind you.

5 & 6. Nominating other people is hard because there are so many amazing blogs out there. Instead I’ve nominated those people who have made a real impact on my life.

Mom Goes On – I feel like we’ve been blogging alongside each other forever & she always leaves such lovely comments for me. Thank you xx 

JBOT | Adaptive Disability Lifestylewas the blog I turned to when Ehlers Danlos really started to kick my arse. Her written advice kept me sane in the wee hours (and she’s lovely on Twitter too). I genuinely wish she was my OT.

Sarah in Wonderland is another person having fun with EDS… but in style. I actually met her on Twitter & she is always there for my 2am outbursts! She’s also convinced me to keep trying to look human despite major pain.

Vicky at Around & Upside down is another Twitter friend  (are you getting a pattern here?) who has seen me through a few difficult nights. Eventually we’ll write that chronic illness ahem ‘book’ together!

Sarah from Bloo n Stuff because she’s outspoken & insufferabley chirpy! And has very good hair.

Also, an honourable mention for Polishing Dookie because her shit is funny.
So, there you have it. One award & paying the love forward to these wonderful people. Mwah xxx

Don’t Feed The Trolls

Aww I made it as a fully fledged blogger today with a little passive agressive hate post all of my own. It’s like the internet has accepted me as one of their own. Now, the standard reaction to the comments section on anything is “don’t feed the trolls”, and yet repeating this didn’t exactly work, so I’m going to chuck a couple of statements on here, just in case anyone other than me or Mr Geek reads this.

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I write this blog for me.
Much of my blogging is an electronic format of diary writing. It’s a stream of consciousness which is rarely edited, nor proof read. At most, it’s occasionally written to explain what’s going on to my friends and family.

This is not my job. You don’t pay to read my blog, I’m not here to entertain you, so if you aren’t finding anything interesting or useful, read something else. If however,  I happen to entertain you, make you feel less alone with a chronic illness or highlight something useful,  then welcome to my metaphorical tree house – make yourself at home.

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Photo credit domesticatedmomster

I’m self obsessed here, so I don’t have to be elsewhere.

There are  number of scientific, peer reviewed articles about the benefits of blogging for your mental health. Personal blogs are seen as a safe space in which to let out your inner thoughts and fears without needing to find the words verbally. It’s also a place to verbalise those things which if left bottled up, would niggle away at your state of mind and turn you into an unpleasant person. These reports identify that those who use a personal blog to talk frankly about themselves have a higher level of perceived social support. For me, I have made contact with a wonderful support network who support each other.

In real life, I put on a brave face and get on with my life.

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Once you post online, you no longer have control of it.

Probably the most important lesson I teach my kids. It doesn’t matter if you later regret what you post as there’s this thing called a screen capture.

I hope this particular troll isn’t actually a troll & just another person struggling with EDS who felt wronged by my willingness to call people out on their ill treatment of service users, or felt that they have it worse and as such my open grief over the loss of my previous life is unjustified. I’ll give them the benefit of that doubt because EDS is crappy and without somewhere to vent, can make you angry and defensive.

But through the magic of the screen capture, here is that now undeletable comment.

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And for transparency, my response.

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You probably need your own blog, because after a day of receiving some of the most beautiful private messages of support from my friends since I posted that response, I’ve written another self-absorbed and mindnumbingly boring post which has released all that negativity into the ether.

You won for about 4 hours. After that, my blog won and then there was this:

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