There’s plenty of evidence that journaling and other writing exercises can be therapeutic for everyone. But have you ever considered starting your own mental health blog?
If you’ve been considering making a leap from scribbling down your thoughts and feelings to publishing them on the web, read on to find out how to make your blog successful.
What Are the Benefits of a Mental Health Blog?
Self-expression is probably the main reason to blog about your experiences. You may also want to connect with others who are in similar situations.
Blogs can be a way to raise awareness about little-known conditions, and a successful blog may even supplement your income.
Choose Your Platform and Get Set Up
More than half of all bloggers choose WordPress as their CMS (content management system). While there are others out there, WordPress is generally considered the most user-friendly for new bloggers with little or no web development experience.
You can choose a free version of WordPress, or buy a domain name and hosting services for a small fee.
Give your blog a name that’s unique, memorable, and indicative of your content. The more specific your niche, the better: “Brenda’s Musings” won’t work as well as “Bipolar in Boise.”
You’ll probably want to set up social media accounts for your blog, or at least link to it from your personal accounts.
Start Creating Content
Remember that content is more than just the written word. Consider sharing your artwork, uploading videos that you’ve created, or even sharing funny GIFs and memes. These can be standalone posts or can be used to illustrate what you write.
No matter what you post, be sure to update your mental health blog regularly with fresh content. This will help Google recognize it and rank it higher, which will come in handy if you want to monetize the blog or just get more recognition.
Speaking of Money…
One simple way to earn a little spending money from your mental health blog is to become an Amazon Affiliate. That way, when you mention books or other products, you can receive a small amount of compensation.
Google AdSense is another avenue to explore. It probably won’t finance a yacht, but it’s hands-off once you get it set up.
Don’t Shy Away from Self-Promotion
Share new blog posts on your social media, and encourage your friends to do so, too. Consider linking to reputable, related websites, such as facilities like The Hills Youth and Family Services, which help those with mental health issues.
Engage with your readers, too. Encourage them to leave comments, follow you on Twitter, or even submit guest blog posts. Not only will they be more likely to return if they feel heard, but you’ll be furthering the dialogue around mental health.
Ready to Start Blogging?
We have loads of tips, tricks and advice. For example, check out some of these best practices for blogs. And if you have questions or simply want to connect with other beginner bloggers, feel free to leave a comment below!