When I was first approached to be involved in this project, straight away I said yes, even without knowing what the whole campaign was about.
It was one of my easiest yes’s since I’ve started writing.
I’ve mentioned many times since April and after attending the UK Blog Awards, that their underlying message was regarding ‘collaborations’.
It’s something that I’ve identified ever since with, and for me this project was always going to be a yes, because of the person who had asked me to become involved.
The person behind the #ILiveItIBlogIt campaign is a man called John Sennett, you can read more about him and his journey here: https://johnsroadtovolunteering.com/2017/08/11/represent-who-you-are-using-iliveitiblogit/
John isn’t someone I have met, but someone I know, someone who inspires me just from being part of the same community which is ‘blogging’.
And this campaign is what blogging is all about.
It’s about sharing your thoughts, your feelings, your emotions, your creativity, and having the courage and belief to share them with the world, for some to either judge you or others to become inspired by your words, your pictures, your delivery and what you believe in, to be voiced in exactly your own way.
The #ILiveItIBlogIt campaign is bringing the blogging world together to celebrate diversity and individuality, and the stories we all have to share.
There are many people sharing their stories using this hashtag over all social media platforms, sharing how blogging started for them, how it has helped them, inspired them, how passions have developed or have added a level of confidence for them.
Blogging isn’t just a word, it sits ahead of a very loyal community, where everyone has a story to tell and a voice to be heard, where support and guidance go hand in hand with each other.
Ultimately everyone starts by writing for themselves, a hobby, a vision, a drive, a passion, for a release, but once you get those words down on paper, or your computer, or just out of your own head, they flow, they start to make perfect sense.
You inspire yourself to write your next one, and the one after that and so on, it’s certainly transformed my life.
So after being approached to share my contribution, my thought process clicked in and I asked myself a question on what was I going to write about?
Initally, I thought it would be around my experience with depression and recovery, something that has been extremely challenging and difficult for me during the last 10 months.
And in the last few days and even so much as this morning, I thought and I was going to do two different blogs covering both my journey with ‘depression’ and another one on ‘community’.
But in reality I don’t need to split them as they both actually flow into each other.
This is where my blogging journey started, it started with ‘community’ and it still does and always will remain to do just that.
I may have inadvertently found a passion for writing, but equally and if not more I’ve found a passion for my community too.
The town, the people, the passion, the loyalty.
‘Kynren’ was my first jaunt into writing, and who knew that inside 10 months I would be able to take a blank piece of paper and take it to a National finals.
To this day, this is my visual aid, it shows me that anything can be achieved as long as you back yourself.
Which leads me into what would have been article number two:
Depression and Mental Health Awareness
To achieve what I have achieved so far is a real testament to myself, but to do all of this whilst going through depression is something quite remarkable.
Something that I can truly look back on, and be proud of myself.
I was diagnosed with depression in November of last year, the awards were something I had entered to give me some focus, something to cling onto, and keep me occupied.
Something I truly never of expected to go anywhere but it did, and because of writing my first blog, it played a massive part in my ongoing recovery by writing my second one too.
I found writing a blog on my depression and recovery a way of releasing all my thoughts, all my emotions, and not allowing my depression to keep gaining control of who I really was, who I really am.
It’s been a struggle, a huge personal battle, depression is an awful illness, it robs you of your whole identity, your self belief, and your self worth.
And it’s something I wouldn’t wish on anyone.
I do talk about depression and speak out about mental health awareness, openly and honestly, because it’s important.
Many people believe mental health comes with a stigma and it does, but a stigma is described in the Oxford Dictionary as “A strong feeling of disapproval that most people in a society have about something”
That something is just a lack of information or a lack of understanding on the illness.
So for me it’s important to make people aware that not only is mental health related illnesses awful to have, an illness that anyone can have, at any stage of your life, it’s also important to write, talk and be open, that there is always hope, and if you can give yourself time, be patient, and get the right help that you need for you, as depression isn’t a one word suits all illness, you can, like I have, find your way back.
Which leads me onto what I’m doing now.
In the last few months I didn’t want depression to define me, something I couldn’t be sure either way if I’m perfectly honest, but during that time, I’m better, I’m recovering, and although depression will always be with me, I know how to live with it and it will no longer have that hold on my life.
Closing off, I’m back to writing more about the community, my community, the community I’m loyal too, and passionate for.
I want to remind local residents of what we have, against what we don’t, I want to encourage visitors into the area of Bishop Auckland, inspired by each of my articles, to be lost in my words, my passion and my desire to help it grow.
Blogging has changed my life, it’s given me a passion, it’s given me encouragement, it’s given me support, an outlet, a voice, but ultimately it has given me hope.
‘Hope’ that as long as you believe in yourself, anything, anything at all can be possible.
If you would like to read any of my blog articles, please click on the attached links:
‘Kynren’ My Experience – https://corryandrew.wordpress.com/
Black behind my eyes – https://blackbehindmyeyes.wordpress.com/
Andrew Corry Blog – https://andrewcorryblog.wordpress.com/