No Post Day | Rescue Challenge

There’s a YouTube here of The Bellamy Brothers. If you can’t see it please
reload, then contact Google and tell them to stop being evil.

This No Post day is a little different… instead of me asking questions this is more of a request to help other bloggers who might not even know they need some.

I keep a fairly large number of blogs in my public and private blogrolls which have been abruptly abandoned (see blogroll: 999 M.I.A.), and I like to occasionally check on them just to see if there has been any recent updates or signs of life.

I found a blog in my private blogroll a few nights ago — Fluffy Pink Clouds — I hadn’t been to in quite a few months. When I did visit, the last entry was dated December 1, 2008, and was a not very subtle threat of suicide.

When I find a blog kept by someone trying to recover from a mental illness who is having difficulties, I try to leave a few links to blogs I believe could help them, along with a few words of support. FPC had difficulties with depression and self-harm, for example, so I left links to Patient Anonymous and Seaneen.

I’m still not sure how responsible we’re supposed to be for each other, or how far that responsibility should extend. I’ve written before about our collective responsibility to each other, but only after we’ve taken care of ourselves.

So what I’m requesting on this strangest of No Post Days is for whoever is interested in participating to go through their blogroll this weekend and see if anyone needs a little help.

I don’t think this should be restricted to people we have a previous relationship with… so if you’ve got a short blogroll, use someone else’s.

Drop a link to a cool or funny video, maybe to something like the Depression and Bipolar Support Alliance, or to a site which helped you, and maybe to a blog kept by someone who has dealt with similar problems. And a few words of support. If you want to do it anonymously, just log out of your WordPress account.

Just find someone who is having a hard time and let them know they’re not alone.




About Gabriel...

...diagnosed with manic depression when I was nineteen, for the next 14-years I lived without treatment or a recovery plan. I've been homeless, one time I graduated college, I've won awards for reporting on Internet privacy issues, and a weekly humour column. In 2002 I finally hit bottom and found help. It's now 2022, and I have an 8-year old son, and a 12-year old son... I’m usually about six feet tall, and I'm pretty sure I screwed up my book deal. I mostly blog at
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5 Responses to No Post Day | Rescue Challenge

  1. raincoaster says:

    That’s a great idea. I’ll pass that along and act on it, because I’m going through my blogroll right now, actually.

  2. Gabriel... says:

    Thanks raincoaster… the way I see it we have some responsibility to the people we chose to put into our blogrolls, especially if we’re using them to learn about our own recovery from a mental illness or addiction. I’m just not sure how much. But taking a run through our personal blogroll on occasion, just to see if the people in it are doing all right, seems like a good idea.

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