Well, it’s finally here. November. Time for Movember, NaNoWriMo, NaBloPoMo, and NaNoWeAreNotInKansasNoMoFoSho (<- Okay, that one’s not real) and Black Thanksgiving. The temperature is brisk, and we’ve fallen back into time.
This November I decided not to take any of the trending challenges, and instead decided to sign up for Blogging University, hosted by WordPress. Why? Well, as most of you know, I just started with a fresh blog no less than three weeks ago.
My name is Scott, however most people on WordPress know me as Twindaddy (or TD for short), and I have been blogging for over 4 years now. I began blogging in October of 2010, but didn’t begin blogging on WordPress until January of 2011. Over the last four years I built Stuphblog (which is a name I came to despise for some reason) into a fairly successful blog, but decided about a month ago that I needed a new start. I also decided to stop blogging anonymously, removing the stormtrooper mask from which I blogged behind for the last four years. For those of you who have arrived here via the Blogging U. challenge, you can get more details here as to why I decided to start afresh and eschew my anonymity.
When I began blogging, I did so to stave off the boredom I sometimes suffered while at work. At the time I was working helpdesk and needed something to occupy my mind in between calls. About a year and a half later my wife left me and it was then that I discovered the therapeutic qualities of writing. Through writing out my feelings, often in the form of poetry, I was able to really clear my mind, not only of the demons I was battling through my divorce, but also of demons I still battled which still lingered from my abusive first marriage and my rough teenage years. Things I didn’t realize I’d been subconsciously holding on to were released through my poetry and prose.
I also struggle with depression, and writing out my ups and downs with depression has also proven valuable to me, especially when I receive understanding comments from other bloggers who also have depression and understand exactly what I’m going through. It’s helpful to know I’m not alone in this struggle.
Aside from the therapeutic qualities of writing, I also like to entertain. I fancy myself as someone who has a pretty decent sense of humor, so if I’m not writing about battles with my demons, I’ll most likely be trying to entertain you with humorous anecdotes from my past, an opinionated and snarky essay, some flash fiction, or stories of my children driving me nuts.
Huh? Children? Yes, I have three of them. I have 14-year-old twin boys (hence the moniker Twindaddy – duh) and a 3-year-old toddler, also a boy. I love them more than coffeh (which is A LOT) and they are my sole purpose in life right now. Like any children, though, there are moments with them that murder what little sanity I have remaining.
Through this blog I hope to, aside from entertaining you, raise awareness for mental health and suicide prevention. Because of the stigma attached to mental illness, too many people are afraid to seek treatment for any mental illness they may be suffering. Untreated mental illness is the leading cause of suicide, and suicide has had a major impact on my life. The American Foundation for Suicide Prevention is an organization I fully support, and I try to do as much as I can for them.
Ultimately, this blog will be a melting pot of my thoughts and feelings based on my mood on any given day. About the only thing I don’t do with this blog is photography, because I suck at it. I will warn you, though, I’m not averse to using profanity.
Over the years I’ve connected with many wonderful people through blogging, and I hope that by taking this challenge I can build my readership back up and connect with that many more. Blogging has given a lot to me, and I value the communities which can be built through blogging with WordPress.