I’m not one for New Years resolutions, so the timing of this is more coincidence than intention.
As fun and enlightening as it has been maintaining Dyckknows (the name alone, right?!) I’ve decided to move on. My original intention of the blog was to simply have a place to keep my writing, and as a result continue to write. That worked for the most part as I’m now more engaged in the creative process than I had been over previous years. That’s good.
Another purpose that kind of evolved out of this was to be more open and honest, even if through the illusion of distance provided by technology. I want people to know that the people around them probably aren’t as they seem. Most of us have some kind of inner turmoil we’re dealing with, and in the absence of community I think that inner turmoil becomes all that much more difficult to deal with. We shouldn’t have to endure things alone.
And then one final intention, which is corollary to the previous one, was to create awareness. I get that a lot of my writing, both fiction and non, is bloody bleak and sometimes frightening, but these are the trains of thought that go through my mind. I have mentioned before and can’t stress enough that for most of my life I’m a normally adjusted class clown who really just wants to make people laugh, but that’s how insidious mental illness can be; it often sneaks around quietly dosing your food with poison until you realize you’re in the muck. Again, people need to talk about this. It shouldn’t be an embarrassing flaw we hide. I’ve had conversations about depression with some people who never would have mentioned it, so that’s good.
I’m starting a new website based on a simple tool that I use to get me through my days, a website directed more towards creating awareness and advocating for mental health. Of course, it’ll still contain my blatherings, but I hope that it has a little more focus on helping others, rather than just a place for me to rant. Stay tuned.
So long Dyckknows! Ya, I’m talking to you! 🙂