Hi there!  Well, gosh, what on earth can I say to all of you?  First things first, for those who don’t know me, my name is Ruby, and I’m the admin of A Canvas Of The Minds.  Before I get into the finer points of the setup here, though, I’d like to offer a proper greeting.  I guess as each of you fall into one of three distinct groups, with a little overlap (you’ll see what I mean in a sec), I need to say three distinct things.

First, to all of you who have been reading Canvas for a while (a long while or a little while), hello again, it’s so nice to have you with us.  We’re very happy that you found us, however you did, and whenever you did.  You’ve helped us along on our journey, and for that, we thank you from our hearts!

Next, to those of you who have come to know us through Blog For Mental Health 2013, welcome, we’re delighted that this campaign has resonated with you.  Be sure to look for yourselves on the Blogroll (please let me know if you’ve written a post that isn’t on there).  And thank you for sharing this message, the response we have received so far is absolutely mind-boggling!  If you haven’t written a Blog For Mental Health 2013 pledge and would like to, please do, there is no time limit on this one.  Just be sure and leave a comment so we can share!

The third group of people were all brought here by the very lovely and talented Dr. DeeDee Chickadee, whose post, When Do I Make the Call?, was Freshly Pressed last week (her second Pressing, by the way, the first was for a wonderful piece on her personal blog, Coming Out Bipolar, Round 1)!  A great big hello and welcome to Canvas from all of us!  I have only begun to start visiting blogs, because the response to that absolutely knocked me silly.  But I am finding such an amazing variety in bloggers who have subscribed that it leaves me shaking my head in wonderment.  The fact that a mental health blog could find such a wide audience is incredibly gratifying to me.

At this point, I should probably explain a bit about the basics of this blog.  You see, it’s pretty unique, and probably quite different from the other blogs you read regularly, so I thought I should be a good hostess and show you around.  Our About page, while giving you the sense of things, doesn’t give you the specifics.

Canvas is something my dear friend and fellow blogger Lulu and I cooked up about a-year-and-a-half ago between comments and eventually emails (by the way, if you want to read the wonderful little story of the genesis of this project, and see some attempts at art by me, you can find that here).  We thought it would be a really great idea if we could create a space where people with all kinds of mental health concerns could blog together.  And, luckily enough for us, a lot of really wonderful people thought it was a great idea as well!

At present, we have 14 active authors.  We have different diagnoses, different backgrounds, live in different circumstances in several different countries.  We have different perspectives and vary in age and writing style and how we approach a lot of things.  Diversity is one of our great strengths.  But we have quite a bit in common, too.

We are all fighting for good mental health.  We are all strong and supportive and empathetic, and we all want to work together towards educating people on what living with a mental illness is really like.  We want to wipe out the ignorance and demolish the stigma that hangs heavy around carrying a diagnosis (or diagnoses).  And we want to let anyone out there who stumbles across this space who might be dealing with their own mental health concerns know that they are not alone.  There are so many of us (and I don’t just mean writing for Canvas), and we want you to take strength from the fact that there are others going through what you do who understand.

So take your time and nose around the site a bit, if you haven’t already.  Check out the author pages, which you’ll find under the heading of Team Canvas, as we have come to call ourselves (courtesy of Sailor).  Each author shares a bit about themselves, and you will find links to their personal blogs, as well as a quick way to access all of their Canvas posts by clicking on their Gravatar image.   We have a section called Let’s Talk About, where you can find and participate in monthly discussions on topics chosen by our authors.  If you’re looking for more great mental health blogs, check out our Blog For Mental Health 2013 Official Blogroll, there are a lot of wonderful reads on there.  And while I hope you never need it, we have recently added a Crisis page with telephone numbers and websites (more are being added).

As I mentioned above, I am the admin, which in this case just means I do the behind-the-scenes rearranging and tidying up, and that I’m also the main point of contact if you have any questions or want to know more.  You can leave a comment, or email me at acanvasoftheminds@gmail.com.

Let me finish by saying thank you for all of you incredible interest.  Mental illness is so often swept under the rug or hushed up, and the fact that so many people from so many different, diverse backgrounds and walks of life have found in this something of enough value to choose to subscribe makes me hopeful in a way I cannot properly convey.  I look forward to getting to know all of you better, and hope you’ll always come away from reading our pieces with something to think about, and hopefully with something to say, as well.

With Love,

P.S.  I would be remiss in my duties as hostess if I didn’t direct you to two more posts by our authors that have also been given the Freshly Pressed nod.  Alice was Pressed about a month ago on her blog for the post Epic Quests and crap like that, and on the very same day DeeDee’s post here appeared as FP, Lunch Sketch‘s Be Kind was also showcased.

The timing was perfect.

The timing was perfect.

Like us on facebook:  A Canvas Of The Minds

Follow us on Twitter:  @CanvasMinds

Find us on Pinterest: A Canvas Of The Minds

© Ruby Tuesday and A Canvas Of The Minds 2013. Unauthorized use and/or duplication of this material without express and written permission from this blog’s author and/or owner is strictly prohibited. Excerpts and links may be used, provided that full and clear credit is given to Ruby Tuesday and A Canvas Of The Minds with appropriate and specific direction to the original content.


21 thoughts on “Willkommen!

  1. How did I miss that Dee Dee AND Canvas were pressed? Oh, right, I was under that rock. Yay! This is what I was hoping for – not just for Dee to be recognized, but to have that AND Canvas get the nod. About time! Good to see there are so many new readers. If you need a hand, Ruby, you can always ask some of your authors for help. I’ll help you in saying “Hi, guys! Stick around. I think there are cookies here.”

    • Alice, you’re a gem. And I think you’re a wonderful welcoming committee, which is great, because now that all these people have been lured here, we have to figure out how to keep them coming back. Aside from the mass influx of readers from DeeDee and the FP, many (and I mean many) people who came this way to pledge Blog For Mental Health came by way of your blog, and your post, so clearly you know what the secret is here.

      As for the cookies, I have them right next to me. Girl Scout cookies. Savannah Smiles (or, as I prefer to call them, Singapore Slings). But anyone who tries to get near these will lose a finger, at least.

      (Hmmm. . . Not an attitude very conducive to get people to stick around. But there are also Thin Mints and Samoas and Tagalongs, and those I will share.)

      • OMG, the most ridiculously addictive cookies, too! They’re lemony and covered in powered sugar, and while I somehow start out intending to eat just a few, I always go back and finish the whole box! Thank God they’re only around once a year. 😉

  2. Keep up the good work! I hope to be back in action sooner than later.

  3. Rock on, #TeamCanvas newcomers! I love being part of this diverse, supportive team of bloggers devoted to erasing stigma and improving mental health care and quality of life for those of us with mental health diagnoses, not to mention that we are a bunch of delightfully quirky pals. I encourage all you newcomers and old friends as well, to visit all of our individual blogs as well. The incredible talent of Canvas bloggers is mind blowing. And don’t forget to follow us on Twitter, too! (Shameless plug)

    • Soul Survivor, we truly are a “diverse, supportive team of bloggers”, and “a bunch of delightfully quirky pals” to boot! I had no idea when we launched this concept all of the amazing relationships I would form. It’s so incredible for me to have people like you and the other members of #TeamCanvas in my life, and the relationships I have formed with many readers are equally gratifying. Thanks for being a part of the welcoming committee while I’ve been plugging away at updating the site.

      For anyone who wants a quick reference to individual blogs, those can (of course) be found in the sidebar. As for our social media hookups — in addition to Twitter, we have a facebook page, and a Pinterest — those are in the sidebar, too, or check out our handy little Social Media page, which has the added attraction of an email contact!

  4. Bienvenidos! Benvenuti! Bienvenue!

    Since the post started in German, I figured I’d continue in a few other languages. The three I know, anyway.

    I might be biased but this is a great family. Stick around, say hello, we’d love to hear from you. And we don’t bite. Unless you want us to. I also have a very weird sense of humour.

    • I like your style with that, SSG! If I really stretched, I could dig up the Latin, but I’m not going to bother. 😉

      I think this is a wonderful family, too! I hope that whatever brought various readers here, they take the time to explore, keep reading, stay around, and join in the discussions. We may be a bit nutty, but that has made us more patient and understanding, if anything, so we don’t make a habit of leaping down people’s throats. In fact, we rather encourage open, mindful discussion!

      (And your weird sense of humor is one of the things that makes this place so much fun!)

  5. Ruby, an admission: I’ve been lurking in the shadows here for a short while, admiring what you’re doing here quietly.

    However, I’ve been pledged by one of your more snarky contributors whose wrath I want to avoid – and so am tossing around in my head how to accept the challenge properly. Once I sort out an initial post worthy of inclusion among those already out there, you’ll hear from me.

    • Hey, sometimes it takes a little while before you’re comfortable peaking out from those shadows. I know it took you some time on my blog, and I’m happy that you’re doing it now here.

      As for which contributor, there are so many I could name when you use the word “snarky”. . . But whomever it was, Sid, I’m glad to have you involved, and I look forward to your post when it appears (remember to leave a comment on the Blog For Mental Health 2013 Official Blogroll so that it gets properly added).

  6. I am still relatively new to the wordpress community, but in my short time I can’t believe this! This is so beautiful, so fabulous, so remarkable– I had no idea this many people existed or that there were even community/group blogs devoted to mental health! I looked at the blogroll for Blog for Mental Health 2013 and I nearly had my breath taken away (not even trying to be dramatic). It will take me quite sometime to soak myself in and explore and get to know all of these wonderful resources and bloggers you’ve put here. I want to say thanks so much and you have done such a GREAT thing! This makes me incredibly happy and proud that I am familiarizing myself with this community.

    • I am absolutely humbled and delighted that our site could bring you so much joy, and be a catalyst for helping you to find other mental health blogs to explore. There really is such an incredibly well-developed and supportive mental health blogging community, particularly on WP (there are, of course, other great blogs on other platforms, WP just seems to have the biggest, most positive and connected network). Take your time, and enjoy getting to know the blogs and the people behind them, and be sure to look at blogrolls on other sites, because for every one blog on the Blog For Mental Health 2103 blogroll, there are dozens who aren’t that are wonderful and worthwhile as well!

      And I want to thank you so much for becoming involved with your pledge, and continuing the conversation with your comment here. It really means so much to me, and I look forward to getting to know you better! 😀

Comments are closed.