Posts Tagged ‘Blog’

It’s been a while since I’ve been on WP, I think I lost my writing mojo. I don’t know if this will be a one of post or the start of me getting more active on here again. Watch this space…or don’t, as I might not be on here again for some time 🙂

I’m doing ok right now…sooooo you know….that’s nice.

Anywhoozles the reason for this post. I got an email recently (pasted below) from the Spectrum Centre at Lancaster University regarding Bipolar Research. I’m taking part in it & thought it’d be a good idea to put the contact details on here in case any of you would like to take part.

Just email Barbara & let her know you would like to take part. I got a response the day after, so good luck.

I don’t know if this is for UK based people only, but if you’re an overseas Bipolarian (hmmm have I just invented a new word) contact Barbara anyway, as it might be an all inclusive kinda deal.

Hope you’re all doing well…if not keep up the fight.


I’m not used to this new WP layout & I can’t even see where my notification & comments section is! For anyone who has commented, I’m not ignoring you, just ummmm trying to figure out where everything is 🙂

Spectrum Centre Email

Dear Spectrum Connect Member,

I am Barbara Mezes, a PhD student at the Spectrum Centre for Mental Health Research and I would like to invite people with bipolar disorder to take part in a research exploring personal recovery experiences. We are aiming to better understand the personal recovery experiences of people with bipolar disorder– not only clinical aspects, but also other improvements such as being able to enjoy social activities, get back into employment and having more control over your life. The study is exploring the different thinking styles, behaviours, activities and environmental factors, which can influence your recovery experiences, both long-term and in everyday life.

There are three phases of this study. Some phases of the study involve taking part in interviews and completing questionnaires, whilst others involve keeping a diary.  It is up to you which phase(s) you would like to take part in, but we can discuss these in more detail before you decide to participate.

If you have diagnosis of bipolar disorder and would like to take part or find out more about the study, please do not hesitate to contact me.

Email: b.mezes1@lancaster.ac.uk

Telephone: 01524 592622 or 0789 6939879

Best wishes,



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I’ve decided I want to go one further than having my own blog. I haven’t decided how I want to do this just yet, so I’d appreciate feedback on this post. I’ve been thinking about joining one of the group blogs that are out there, where I could guest post. I’m not too sure how they work, but I’ll look into it more to figure it out.

Please comment on this post post with advice/tips or email me at bpshielsy@gmail.com


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Well I haven’t blogged since January and that post was about me getting back to blogging. Bad Graham, Bad!

Soooo, I’ve decided to set myself a challenge and try and blog once a week. Now I might cheat and not blog at all and just post a song I like, but hey, its my blog so I’ll do what I please. Pssstttt I might not even do that and just post an empty space…

The reason for this little challenge is that I remember when I first started blogging, around a year ago, many blogs dealing with mental health by those that have mental, ummm differences, tend to be temporary blogs and come to a natural end as and when they feel better (damn that was a long sentence!). Well I feel better, but I want to keep blogging to show at the very least it can still be done. I know one of the main reasons for the blogs coming to an end is simply the difference in spare time. I was off work ill when I started this and now that I’m back in work I have much less time on my hands.

Now, I say I’m better, but I reckon I’ll have bipolar to some degree for the rest of my hopefully long life. What I mean is I feel good right now. One of the main things I think has helped get me to this point is working outdoors. My Postman Pat job gives me daily exercise and gets me out of the toxic office environment. Now although postman pat had a van, I have a bicycle (that I fall off from time to time) so I do get exercise honest 🙂 Plus, now that Spring has pretty much Sprung here In England the weather will be much more enjoyable too.

Another reason I’m trying to get back blogging is, hearing a few people I know in the flesh, say they have missed my posts, which is always nice to massage ones ego 🙂 Not to mention the guys an gals out there in the blogosphere.

Right I’m going to go an play on my iPad which my lovely wife got me for Christmas. I’ve become worryingly obsessed with a downloadable app game called The Hobbit. I play  a dwarf called Trimli with a penchant for lobbing off goblin heads. Go figure 😉

PS I really do worry about myself sometimes. This is what I call being better? Really?

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Blog of the Year Award 2 star jpeg

I’ve been nominated for this award by Songtothesirens & Random Spillages From a  A Reportedly Strange Mind .

The “rules” for picking up your award are simple:

1 Select the blog(s) you think deserve the ‘Blog of the Year 2012’ Award

2 Write a blog post and tell us about the blog(s) you have chosen – there’s no minimum or maximum number of blogs required – and ‘present’ them with their award.

3 Please include a link back to this page ‘Blog of the Year 2012’ Award – http://thethoughtpalette.co.uk/our-awards/blog-of-the-year-2012-award  and include these ‘rules’ in your post (please don’t alter the rules or the badges!)

4 Let the blog(s) you have chosen know that you have given them this award and share the ‘rules’ with them

5 You can now also join our Facebook group – click ‘like’ on this page ‘Blog of the Year 2012’ Award Facebook group and then you can share your blog with an even wider audience

6 As a winner of the award – please add a link back to the blog that presented you with the award – and then proudly display the award on your blog and sidebar … and start collecting stars…

Yes – that’s right – there are stars to collect!

Unlike other awards which you can only add to your blog once – this award is different!

When you begin you will receive the ‘1 star’ award – and every time you are given the award by another blog – you can add another star!

There are a total of 6 stars to collect.

Which means that you can check out your favourite blogs – and even if they have already been given the award by someone else – you can still bestow it on them again and help them to reach the maximum 6 stars!

The blogs I nominate are:


1. Thee Truth Is – A blog written by an American teenager. A very honest & engaging account of her fight against an eating disorder, mixed in with the tribulations of teenage life.

2. Pride In Madness – An inspiring blog by a mental health ‘activist’. She aims to shed light on the mental health area by simply making people more aware of it.

3. My Life In Heartbeats – A very funny blog, in fact one of the funniest I read. It always puts a smile on my face. The author has a weird & wonderful infatuation with all things Asgardian!

4. Coconutspeak – A blog very well written & highlighting the struggle of battling depression.

5. Depressionexists – Another blog highlighting living with depression. It’s not all sad though & often makes me smile.

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Got this image off Google & wish graffiti in general was as good as this.

1. I like my new job. This is a new feeling to me & is weird 🙂





Hmmm I really can’t think of anything else. I’m a big believer in if you like something then enjoy it, it’s not a problem. So that kind of outlook takes away the weirdness factor.

Oh well at least I’ve posted!

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Bad Blogger!

I’ve been a bad blogger. Not only have I not posted on my own blog, but I’ve neglected all the blogs I follow too.

What punishments do you think I deserve…hmmm this could go off on some weird tangents knowing you guys 😉

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I think this is a song that can mean a lot to anyone with mental health issues. I know a lot of us feel the opposite of the title of this song & so the lyrics on this track can hold a lot of sentiment.

I know Mr Mraz no doubt meant this as a couple thing, but I think it transfers well to many different situations.

Maybe post this to a blog you care about or a person you feel may need the lift. I will be.

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