A New Start: “Bipolar Today” Becomes “Bipolar Village”
I haven’t had a lot of time to work on the site in this last school year, and so I spent some time thinking of what I wanted to do with Bipolar Today. I decided that, in the end, I wanted to transform the site into something new.
Simply put, having the site take off on Facebook like it did last summer radically changed the site from being one where I was writing into the ether, to one where a thousand people were reading what I was writing each week. This certainly affected the kind of effort I put into the writing. More importantly, though, the site started to morph into a community, with people developing relationships, contributing, and supporting each other and me.
Truth be told, I wasn’t ready for the transformation. It was a rough summer to begin with, and I knew I was going back to school in the fall. When the summer ended, I put the site on hiatus.However, the more I thought about it, the more I think it’s definitely the natural place for Bipolar Today to go…turning into a community of people with bipolar disorder and their supporters. More than anything, the wonderful (and somewhat scary) changes of last summer showed me that an online community can be something very helpful, and it is something to which I wish to contribute. Now, of course, I’ve got the entire infrastructure for this in place.
So, now that the school year is over, I thought I’d work directly on this. This summer, what was “Bipolar Today” will be more focused on being a community effort with artwork and guest posts and, I hope, eventually member editorship and moderation. This will, I think, really bring out the strongest parts of last summer’s changes; it can be a place to which we can all contribute and share.
To honor all of this, I decided to retitle the site to “Bipolar Village.” I’m a grass-rootsy type, and the idea of a “village” really strikes me as the best way of thinking about a community: people who spend their time together, co-operate with each other, but haven’t instrumentalized each other. It really captured everything I like about peer movements, and so I decided to use the name.
All the old blog posts have migrated over here, along with the gallery and the guest posts, of course. The old news section, since it doesn’t fit with the new identity and was out of date anyway, is gone. There’s a new email for submissions: email@example.com, and I have a new email as well: firstname.lastname@example.org.
I have one major mea culpa, however, which is that I’m simply never going to be able to catch up on my old correspondence. I was getting over 60 emails per day near the end of summer, and I simply will never be able to get to those hundreds of emails. If you sent me an email, and what you sent me about is still pertinent, please contact me again. I apologize to everyone whose correspondence I missed; I simply ran out of time to respond to everyone and, eventually, anyone.
However, I’m back and ready to work. I had a great summer with you all last year, and I look forward to having another great one with you in this new home.
bi-polar village sounds good.
Great idea!!! will look forward to new discoveries!! I have missed you my friend!!!! Suzy Jensen
Thanks, Suzy. Welcome back :).
i like the new village and have only been manic once but i’m on olanzapine and stable…keep up the good work!
Thanks, Wayne :).
Love the name. Please do not take on too much like all of us like to do…you know where that unfortunately leads. I myself lost summer and christmas last year. Fingers crossed for this year
Thanks, Michelle. I definitely was doing too much last summer. I’m hoping this new plan will make it easier :).
I lost my husband last April to bipolar suicide last year. With sites like this Ihope to educate myself so that I can help our daughter not to follow in his footsteps.
I’m very sorry to hear that, Rose. I hope this site is able to help you in your journey.
wow I hope this can help my twisted, ever changing mood swings.etc…Looking forward to reading more.
It’s great to have you aboard, Brenda.
I wish us all good luck in our futures. You have helpped me learn to understand myself and my bipolar. Thank you. I love this idea of a village.
Thank you, Sam. I think this will be fun :).
I am do pleased Daniel to see your new plan. The site and interactions were a massive help last year. Its so important you don’t overcommit your own time snd wellness. I look forward to being part of the village. Best of luck 🙂