When I started blogging, I had few expectations; I only knew I had thoughts and stories I wanted to share that I felt could benefit others. I had only read one blog in my life, felt thoroughly incompetent, but decided to jump right in anyway. I looked at it as a bit of an adventure (I say “bit of” as, in the back of my mind, I knew I could just walk away from it at any time, so it wasn’t like a real adventure).
Now, the idea of walking away from ocdtalk seems almost as ludicrous as walking away from my family.
What I didn’t realize then that is so obvious now, is that blogging involves a community; a group of people who support you, inspire you, and motivate you. I am so fortunate to be part of an extraordinary community of bloggers: genuine, caring people who all put themselves “out there” in different ways; all with the goal of helping others. This blogging community consists of OCD sufferers and their families and friends, those who suffer from other mental health disorders, and professionals who deal with OCD and/or other mental health issues. I particularly appreciate hearing from people who have no connection to OCD, but believe it’s important to understand the disorder.
My original goals for ocdtalk have never changed. I want to increase awareness of obsessive-compulsive disorder and spread the word that OCD, no matter how severe, is treatable. Whether you are a “regular,” or have just stopped by once or twice in your Internet travels, I’d like to thank you for helping me achieve these goals.
Ocdtalk has been such a rewarding experience so far, and I look forward to many more posts. That being said, I am always open to suggestions as to how I can improve my blog. One thing I plan on starting up (as early as next week!) is to occasionally have guest bloggers. Stay tuned for more info on that.
Thanks again to everyone!