Patreon & Changes

The best thing in this mental health life is that you can always turn the page on your mental illness.

I recently dealt with an impressive mixed episode throughout two very rough days, but the sun always comes up, and I take comfort in that reality.

Something New… Patreon

That brings me to something I have been working on all week and I want to officially launch it on The Bipolar Writer blog–my official Patreon account.

http://www.patreon.com/jamesedgarskye

Here is what Patreon is according to their Website:


For creators
, Patreon is a way to get paid for creating the things you’re already creating (webcomics, videos, songs, whatevs). Fans pay a few bucks per month OR per post you release, and then you get paid every month, or every time you release something new. Learn more about becoming a creator on Patreon.

For patrons, Patreon is a way to join your favorite creator’s community and pay them for making the stuff you love. Instead of literally throwing money at your screen (trust us, that doesn’t work), you can now pay a few bucks per month or per post that a creator makes.  For example, if you pay $2 per video, and the creator releases 3 videos in February, then your card gets charged a total of $6 that month.  This means the creator gets paid regularly (every time she releases something new), and you become a bonafide, real-life patron of the arts.  That’s right–Imagine you, in a long frilly white wig, painted on a 10-foot canvas on the wall of a Victorian mansion.  And imagine your favorite creators making a living doing what they do best… because of you.

http://www.patreon.com/jamesedgarskye

What Patreon Means to The Bipolar Writer?

My goal in my Patreon account is for me to connect with my followers to a point where they become a part of the experience. I have created tiers on my Patreon account that give a patron a level of access to my writing that has never before been seen.

I want to be able to write full-time, and this idea, using patrons that have access to my work monthly work through a subscription service can help me achieve some significant goals. The first goal is to pay for a legit editor for The Bipolar Writer: A Memoir. I am going to self-publish, but I want this book to reach every person possible. That means releasing the best work possible.

A second goal for creating a Patreon account is to start new projects. I am planning on starting a mental health podcast with fellow advocate because she has very unique perspectives on her mental health. I want to be able to share the stories of others much like my interview series.

That leads me to the next goal, writing a book on different members of the community much like Humans of New York with a focus on the many faces of mental illness. There are so many more things I want to do to spread the word and end the stigma, and I think Patreon will allow me to reach these goals.

The most basic tier is $2. If half of the fantastic people here on The Bipolar Writer Collaborative blog sign up, I can begin to reach new levels in my writing.

http://www.patreon.com/jamesedgarskye

Changes to The Bipolar Writer Blog

There have been some changes to the blog already in place. The business level allows me to add new tools to get our message out to a better audience.

I will admit, I am not the best at making everything work, so I am looking for someone with experience that can take the plug-ins that come with the business level and make everything better. There will be an upcoming store soon which the goal here is to help others sell their work through this blog (I am still working on this.) There will be changes in the coming weeks and I will keep you updated. Stay strong in the fight.

Always Keep Fighting

James

SILENT NO MORE!

This is a quest blog post that I was asked to feature on The Bipolar Writer Blog. You can find the authors website here. The link is also below

I do not own the content and the subject discussed is of what author wanted to share on my blog.

Silent No More!

Women carry a tiny little human being for approximately 9 months and their hope is that maybe one day that tiny being will do something to make a difference in the world. But what about women that lose that chance in the very beginning of their pregnancies? What about their dreams and hopes for their baby? What about the men that will never perhaps get a chance to become fathers and teach their child things of this world? According to the American Pregnancy Association, 10-25% of pregnancies end up in miscarriages, that’s 1 in every 4 pregnancies that lose hope, gain a hole in their heart, and forever are scarred by the pain of losing a child that they immediately fell in love with but that never came to be. Our society treats miscarriages like it’s a cold that will eventually go away. Statements such as, “you’ll get over it,” or “it’s so common,” or “you’ll get pregnant again,” are just some things I have heard people say to women and myself, who have lost a baby, a tiny part of them, a little being in the first 20 weeks of their pregnancy. I find that people forget that miscarriage is not a choice. It’s a tragedy that shatters dreams in an instance. One minute you have your life planned out with this tiny baby growing inside of you and the next minute, it’s over. We need to come alongside people that are suffering from miscarriages and be of support. We need to empathize, empower and engage instead of ignoring, forgetting and blaming!

How do we help and become more aware as a society in today’s fast paced world? We do this by first, empathizing and not sympathizing so that we can begin to understand the pain and heartache that occurs. Ask yourself, “what if that was me, losing my child?” “What would I need?” Say things like, “I am here for you” or “how can I help you get through this pain?” It’s okay to not understand what they are going through but it is important to let them know that you’re there for them in this journey of healing.

Second, we need to empower women who have gone through miscarriage to self-care and not blame themselves. Women question their choices from A to Z, everything that may have made “them” lose their child. Self-care is essential to healing.
Third, we need to engage with them by having conversations with their loss rather than brushing it under the rug as if it didn’t exist. The saying, “Out of sight, out of mind,” should not be applied to women who have gone through miscarriages. We need to talk to them, sit with them and engage in helping them heal through the loss by having grief groups specifically for miscarriages for example.

This is not a subject matter that should be hidden, it’s one that needs to come out of the shadows and be made aware of in our society. Next blog, I’ll go into depth about what the three E’s, Engage, Empower and Educate can do to help people who have gone through miscarriage/s and how we as a society can come alongside them and help them heal.

Authors Blog site: http://movingforwardwithhope.blog/