Art vs Mental & Chronic Illness – Please Give Feedback!

Hello everyone! I’ve actually had a few good days mentally, which has definitely been a welcome reprieve! Today I wanted to talk to my blog readers about whether they think I do a good balance of art vs mental or chronic illness posts. I have a passion both for art and for advocating and spreading awareness of mental and chronic physical illnesses. Sometimes I worry that maybe I am sharing too many posts about one subject or the other and may drive off readers who are interested more in the other topic.

So…it seems the best thing to do is to ask you guys. Do you think I strike a good balance? Do you have a preference for subject matter or do you just like to read whatever I share? I have thought about separating into two blogs, one focusing more on art and the other more on mental and physical illnesses, but I honestly don’t want to have to juggle two blogs. Sometimes I struggle just to keep up with one (mostly because of the chronic illnesses I suffer from).

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Hi! I am an artist, author, and blogger who also happens to have Aspergerโ€™s Syndrome. I have won several awards and honors for my writings and artwork. I suffer from a few severe mental illness and chronic pain conditions (Depression, Anxiety, PTSD, Fibromyalgia, CFS/ME, Ehlers Danlos, Degenerative Disc Disease, etc.), which greatly affects my life and makes me want to advocate for others going through similar things. Other interests of mine include reading, writing, drawing, watching cartoons and movies, collecting toys, hanging out with my family, and annoying my 3 cats.

30 thoughts on “Art vs Mental & Chronic Illness – Please Give Feedback!”

  1. I can’t speak for your other readers, but I think you should post whatever you want whenever you want unless your main goal is to only attract a certain category of readers.

    My blog consists of about 50% posts related to mental illness (mostly my bipolar disorder) and the rest on other topics not related to any type of illness at all. I find it’s good for me to shift my focus sometimes. And do you know what? Often times my “regulars” are more people without mental health issues. I have plenty of such readers who enjoy my mental health-related posts along with the types of posts they originally found me from.

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    1. Great advice! Yeah, I do wonder if maybe some of my posts might attract a certain interest group and maybe they might even become interested in other things I post about over time. At least I hope that maybe they will. Thanks so much for commenting!

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    1. Yeah, to some extent, I would say art is my escape from both the symptoms of mental and physical illness. A way to forget about it all for a while and concentrate on something else. It is also a way to release emotions that I may have trouble releasing in other ways.

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      1. Then I advise you don’t separate them to 2 different blogs. Inspire others just that. That Art is a good escape or a way to express and deal with physical and Mental pain.

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    1. LOL, I had to go read this post to even remember what it was about. Obviously, I didn’t start another blog. I got to the point I’m just like, I’ll just share whatever I want and not worry about it.

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  2. i found…trying to separate my own poetry from reblogged posts didn’t really work…only a handful of bloggers followed me over to the other blog…when I gave up and recombined back into one blog doing both…an old regular said…she figured I’d return sooner or later! ๐Ÿ˜€

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