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More Blogs Please. Sunday March 2, 2014

I feel there is much untapped talent out there amongst the Moodscope community and I know Moodscope would welcome more blogs.

It is generally true that people with mental health issues and worries are the more creative types. Our imagination overflows with ghastly scenarios which might happen to us. We can be quite dramatic people. We like life when it's good and hate it when it's bad. We (I!) can be people of extreme emotions.

All these qualities are interesting and make for good writing.

But really it doesn't matter how good you consider your writing to be. We will love it.

After all, I wrote something recently when I was feeling low and I still cringe when I read it. But it was me at that particular time and it expressed how I felt. (And actually someone told me that in their comments, so you see it helps to write even when you think what you write is just too awful. I learnt something which will stay with me now.)

Why don't you express how you feel? I know you write well. I've seen your comments on the blog pages.

You, I, us, all of us, are here to help each other get through each day. One way of doing this is to write a blog.

It's a great boost to see your words out there and I can absolutely guarantee someone will love what you write.

If I've inspired you in any way, just send your blog to

A Moodscope user.

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Daren Sun, Mar 2nd 2014 @ 1:05pm

A great quote I just came across (via that reminded me of something you wrote above:

“In the midst of winter, I found there was, within me, an invincible summer.

And that makes me happy. For it says that no matter how hard the world pushes against me, within me, there’s something stronger – something better, pushing right back.”

? Albert Camus, The Stranger

Lostinspace Sun, Mar 2nd 2014 @ 1:34pm

All right for Albert Camus but I find when I am in the middle of a bad personal winter that I completely forget that there might be Spring, let alone Summer, lurking within me.
I think the people who write the Blogs are very brave and I admire them which is why I am shocked when people are rudely critical. Of course when I am depressed or very tired, manners are one of the things that go out the window. When I say manners I mean proper consideration for other people. Writing in the Comments has been a completely new experience for me, I don't think I could address the world at large but I like putting in my tuppence worth when I have something to say.

Anonymous Sun, Mar 2nd 2014 @ 4:02pm

If anyone is interested I recently used my creative side to write a book for people who have mental health problems and bipolar in particular. It is called Footprints in the Sand by Crawford Buchan and is available on Amazon for the bargain price of £10 with all profits going to a mental health charity. I hope it helps other bipolar sufferers.

Anonymous Sun, Mar 2nd 2014 @ 4:30pm

Julia I have been relatively stable and what I would call on an even keel for about 5 or 6 weeks now. Prior to that even switching on the laptop was like climbing Everest. Even commenting about someone's blog was impossible and the thought of writing one would have got me shaking. Hopefully in a couple of weeks when my creativity has returned properly I will be writing a blog to share with others .Until then I can only comment on other's blog's but even writing this has made me feel more positive about all of our future's. Finding Moodscope has been a blessing for me and soon I will be able to remove my anonymous tag .PS By the way it was me who commented on Cat Steven's new name and please don't let be misunderstood as I love music.

Julia Sun, Mar 2nd 2014 @ 5:07pm

Hi Anonymous. It's good to hear from you and nice you wrote the comments about Cat Stevens and The Animals.I know what you mean about creativity returning properly. It's so important to me.. creativity. It can be very elusive. You can use whatever name you want to. And the next blog you write, you can use a different name! Short blogs are good but long windy (as in roads) are good too although I think there may be a limit on the number of words you can use. You could ask Caroline.. Just write down how you feel. Your comment today reads so well and if it's written when you are not feeling 100% creative, then despite that, your writing is good enough for a blog! (but no pressure)Thank you for writing today and it's good to know you are feeling better after what sounds quite a rough patch

The Entertrainer Sun, Mar 2nd 2014 @ 5:59pm

A profound blog can emerge out of sharing someone else's song, poem, or quotation (like the wonderful Albert Camus quote above). There's no pressure to be original or awesome. If you find something that "speaks" to you, that resonates with you, I can pretty much guarantee that it will touch someone else in the community.

In fact, I'm willing to believe that those of us who like music will be able to list 5 songs that meant something to us along life's 'interesting' journey. Picking a verse would be enough to make your point.

What makes it extra special is the comment you then add as to why it is meaningful for you. That then gives us a sense of connection with you that goes beyond the power of someone else's words.

Alternatively, you are noticing things all the time. I had a ridiculous amount of pleasure today from an encounter with a cheeky squirrel. It sat up and looked me in the eye as if to say, "What, no food?" I was, I guess, 30 times the size of the squirrel - a veritable Goliath to its David... but it felled me with its courage and I took heart. Walking on, the blackthorn blossom is out. Even though the weather is still foul here in the South of England - Spring will have her way! These 'moments' can become a blog of 250 words or less... but a comment is always welcome too!

Julia Sun, Mar 2nd 2014 @ 6:22pm

Absolutely! Thank you for this Entertrainer. I couldn't have said it better myself. I definitely couldn't have said it better myself! I wanted to convey what you have said, that in fact writing a blog for Moodscope is much easier than we might imagine.

ebb andflo Sun, Mar 2nd 2014 @ 6:30pm

My blogging has been an indispensable part of coming to terms with a new exist life, mature motherhood, the loss of career and the search for a new one. I've had incredible support on my blog but also some really cutting criticism, mostly from family. A real eye-opener.
Through the support received I find I wasn't unusual, alone or isolated. It's formed a real community that I continue to grow and thrive in. Although my mood is much better nowadays, my blogging continues to be a big part of my therapy. Bravo bloggers!

Katherine Gordy Levine Sun, Mar 2nd 2014 @ 9:09pm

I am an internet addict. So have two blogs, a face book account with two pages, and a Pinterest account that links to all in one way or another. My gig is promoting what I call Emotional Fitness Training which seeks to provide practical exercises for boosting Emotional Intelligence. I am an "expert" on two fronts- a therapist who directed and trained mental health crisis teams but for almost 14 years fostered teens in trouble with the law, an experience that drastically changed my ideas about getting peace in your life and helping others do the same. Here is a link to my Emotional Fintess blog that introduces four easy emotional fitness exercises. and for those of you on Pinterest another link:

Stay strong as an aging and sometimes cranky old lady I have to work hard to do the same. Sharing and caring is one why I practice kindness and that is an emotional fitness exercise also.

Anonymous Sun, Mar 2nd 2014 @ 9:39pm

Thank's Julia and Entertainer for your ''positive feedback''.Perhaps I could sign in as Cat Stevens as he no longer uses it. Entertainer said about listing five songs which had some meaning in our lives.I will use this as the basis of my blog except I can think of a few hundred which have had some effect and meaning on my journey through life. Thanks Take Care til tomorrow

Mary Blackhurst Hill Sun, Mar 2nd 2014 @ 11:24pm

To anybody out there who's thinking "Yes - but I'm not good enough..." Please be assured that you ARE good enough! You don't need to have a degree in English, an A level or a GCSE - you just need to be able to communicate from your heart to ours. For me - the biggest blessing of Moodscope is not only to know that I am not alone - but to know that the people who are in this with me, Suzy, Lex, Julia, Lostinspace, Th Entertrainor...all you anonymous people, are people who I would actually choose to be lost with, if I had that choice. This Moodscope community is (almost) totally accepting and positively affirming. I write three blogs a week and this (Moodscope) is my favourite by far; this is heart to heart and soul to soul. I know I always help someone, and for every one negative comment (yes - we all hurt so bad some days we need to hurt others too) there are three positive comments. Even if you doubt yourself - put fingers to keyboard and send in your soul - I can promise you that 90% of us will cherish it and the 10% that can't are either having a really bad day or are on the wrong website!

Silvia A Mon, Mar 3rd 2014 @ 12:39am

Hi, Lostinspace, I have been thinking of you lately. How are things going in your country?

Silvia A Mon, Mar 3rd 2014 @ 12:57am

a cheeky squirrel. Les, this is a new word for me as I never met a squirrel nor the adjective. I will look for this word on the dictionary right now.
By the way, I loved your recent blog.
My Geography teacher used to all us "tourists" whenever we turn to a colleague. She was not a great teacher but I do remember her. I have called her up ten years ago, in my forties. It was a good call. Now she has Alzheimer.

Silvia A Mon, Mar 3rd 2014 @ 1:20am

ops, ops, ops! I mixed things! this is the result of reading simultaneously three blogs, three windows opened for commentaries! Not to mention the other tabs with the definition of cheeky.
The first comment is for you, Entertrainer. The recent blog is Les' blog.

Jess Mon, Mar 3rd 2014 @ 3:50am

I'd love to contribute - and I have so many half-written blog posts, or seeds of ideas, on the things that have helped me on my journey of self-discovery, care and recovery -- but alas schoolwork keeps getting in the way! I have a week of holidays coming up soon; perhaps I'll share something. I feel a bit awkward about it though - it feels rather pretentious for a 20-year-old university student to be talking about these things, to so many users!

Caroline Ashcroft Mon, Mar 3rd 2014 @ 8:57am

Hi Jess, we'd love to read your blogs. It's not pretentious at all.

The Entertrainer Mon, Mar 3rd 2014 @ 11:12am

I'd like to say, Jess, that I'd be more than happy to co-write blogs with any Moodscoper, including yourself. "Co-write" rather than "edit" - and I'm equally happy to used as a sounding board. One thing that occurs to me is the potential impact of doing some blogs as interviews - with a set of questions that helps one another understand who we are, why we value Moodscope, and lessons we've learned along this sometime rocky journey. Who's up for being interviewed? What questions would be better? Caroline is at liberty to share my email address with anyone who wants to co-write.

Caroline Ashcroft Mon, Mar 3rd 2014 @ 4:47pm

Thanks Lex, that's very kind of you and a nice idea.

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