People who have lived with and overcome a life problem have a lot to share. We refer to that sometimes as lived experience. That perspective teaches you things that you can’t always learn in other ways.
I wanted to throw an opportunity out there for those of you who read this blog. If you have something to say but haven’t found a way to say it yet, I invite you to consider writing an article for this blog. Weather you currently have a blog or this is the one and only time you are planning to write something you are welcome.
My plan is not to change the blog to an article one but it might be fun to share some things written by others from time to time. Frankly this may also help me by keeping the blog going with fresh posts during those times when my other activities keep me from writing.
In all fairness I need to tell you what sort of articles I am looking for. The main focus of this blog is and will remain on having a happy life. I strongly believe in recovery, that people do not need to stay stuck in their illness forever and that they can and do get better and go on to have happy fulfilled lives. What that means to each of you may be a quite different thing.
Many of the posts I write are about mental and emotional illnesses, substance abuse and their co-occurrence. Some posts have been about counseling and therapy. Related to those topics are self-improvement, parenting and relationships.
What I most would like to hear about are not the daily problems but the daily successes. If you went for counseling, what worked and what did not work. If something else was helpful, what was it and how might others make use of the resource you found?
Even if you did not have a problem that got a diagnosis but you found a way to overcome that issue I would love to hear from you.
If there was a particular book or exercise that you have done that led to your growth and learning by all means share that also.
Professionals are welcome to join in this opportunity. Many professionals are themselves in recovery or have had to do a lot of work on themselves to get to the point they could be helpful to others. We also find we learn a lot from our clients. So if you would like to share those lessons learns by all means send them along, just please be sure, as I know you are aware, not to share anything that would violate someone else’s confidentiality, privilege or otherwise get us in trouble.
Articles for consideration should be from 500 to 1,200 words and positive or constructive in nature. As the author and editor of this blog I reserve the right to reject anything that does not fit with what I am trying to do in this blog and to make small edits as needed. I would ask the author before making any big changes in what you write. I also reserve the right to reuse your article or quote from it in other things that I am writing.
If you send pictures make sure they are not in copy write or I can locate a picture to add to your article. At this point my blog is not big enough to pay for submissions but in exchange for your contribution I can offer you a byline.
These articles should be original not something already posted to another blog. Most bloggers know how to reblog and we all do that from time to time but for this submit-an-article program I am looking for new and different points of view.
Whether you have written a lot of posts or this is the one and only one you will write all submissions are welcome.
This is not something that needs to be done right away, I have posts schedule to appear for a few weeks yet but I find those who say they want to write but never get started never get them written. If you have an idea let me know and we can plan for a future date for your post to appear.
So if the idea of being a writer whose article is featured on counselorssoapbox appeals to you or you just have a burning desire to say something contact me and let’s see if this is something that could happen.
You are of course always welcome and encouraged to leave a comment on anything that is posted even if you chose not to write a long post.
Here is hoping that you all will continue to read counselorssoapbox and that some of you will decide to write an article for the blog.