Some New Things About My Blog

Just a quick post to say I’ve added a few things to my blog.

The first thing is a new feature WordPress released a few days ago called ‘threaded comments’… basically people can now respond directly to a comment by clicking on the “Reply” link which shows up beside the comments time stamp.

It’s easy.

WordPress allows for up to nine responses to each comment, but for now I’ve set the feature for three. I figure someone will leave a comment, I’ll respond to it directly then either they can comment back or someone else can.

Hopefully this feature will get me responding faster…

The next thing is my About Page now has a frequently updated YouTube thing. It’s not always music… sometimes there’s magic tricks and The Funny, other times it’ll be my own content.

Hopefully this feature will get me making my own video content again…

And the big one is a new page for recovery stories… it’s an idea I’ve been working on for awhile.

The idea is to put up quotes and links back to posts which show how people are recovering from manic depression and other mental illnesses… because we share the general symptoms, and the general behaviours are similar, to recover from a mental illness or addiction is to follow in the steps of those who went before us.

There really should be very few surprises to living with a mental illness…

So I think this could also be a place to find raw and real stories of recovery to give to people who are in crisis.

Right now Seaneen, Experimental Chimp, Thordora and Migraine Chow have all agreed to be a part of the page, and I’ll be approaching other people as I go.

To start the plan is to update the page once a week, so it’ll be changing frequently.

I’ll also be taking requests… I think there are posts we read which teach us something about our recovery, but then those posts get lost because the nature of blogging is to only have a history as deep as our front page.

So if there’s a blogger or a specific post you think could help someone else — even if it’s yours, just drop the link in the comment section.

Hopefully this works out… I think it’s a cool idea.

…but I think I may change the name a few times. Maybe “Recovery Testimonials”…

Feel free to test out the new comment thread feature.

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About Gabriel...

...diagnosed with manic depression in 1989, 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. I have an 8-year old son, and a 4-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 saltedlithium.com....
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7 Responses to Some New Things About My Blog

  1. exactscience says:

    Simple put: all ideas seem cool, bonus points if the YouTubes include TMBG at some point

    • Gabriel... says:

      I’m glad you think the recovery page idea is cool… especially since you inspired it — along with a few other people who dart in and out of crisis. I figure sooner or later people are just going to tune me out when I’m screaming “we all share this recovery”, so I’ll bring in other voices.

      I can’t think of who or what TMBG is right now… but I’m going to guess “They Might Be Giants”. If so then… maybe.

  2. robomiso says:

    i like the idea of a recovery page too… i think it’ll help a lot of people even if they’re afraid to come out and say all the stuff that everyone else can. *cough*cough*

  3. thordora says:

    yes, you’re not the boss of me now would be appropriate. 🙂

  4. Alicia says:

    I really like the recovery page idea as even myself, years into this, still needs to read of surviving.

  5. Gabriel... says:

    I’ve decided I don’t like the comment threading thing… at least not on my site. If I responded to everyone individually right now my avatar would appear three times in a row in the sidebar/recent comments thingee. I don’t know why (there’s something beyond the aesthetics issue) but I’ve always been weirded out by that.

    I still like it as a way for people to respond directly to each other though… although that rarely happens on this blog. Which is weird… there are a lot of weird things happening with my little blog recently. But I digress.

    I think I’m going to stick to my traditional mass responses…

    I’m glad you guys like the idea of a recovery page. I have to get a new title for it, and find a way to let people know it has been updated, but I think it’s going to work.

    Konnyeje wa robomiso… I got the idea for the page just before Christmas when a friend took a nosedive in their recovery and there just wasn’t anything else I could say to him (hi Scooter). Then, maybe it was seasonal, a bunch of younger people who were early in their recovery also took a nosedive. So I figured having a place to go to collect stories and links from other people who went through the same things would be a great resource.

    Hi Thordora… yes, no, maybe, I don’t know… could you repeat the question? (This TMBG’s for you Scooter.)

    Shxw’ele’ shkwche’ Alicia… welcome back. The recovery stories are one of the most important parts of an AA/NA meeting. It’s like a touchstone to who we were so we can remember why we’re doing what we’re doing. It becomes too easy to say “so… what was so hard about being untreated?” after we haven’t been suicidal for a few months, or a few years.

  6. Immi says:

    “so… what was so hard about being untreated?” sounds like a likely title. Unwieldy but to the point.

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