Where I’ve Been…

I hit the big time, readers! Well, okay, the unpaid blogger big time…

I have been “hired” by Psychology Today to blog for their website! I know, right? It’s so exciting I can hardly stand it. They even like my title, so the blog over there is also called Do Not Faint, heretofore known as Do Not Faint: Psychology Today.

Okay, so I wasn’t exactly hired as much as I was given a tryout. Which means that I need all of you to go visit there. And leave comments. Please? I’ll get to keep the semi-professional blog only if people read it. And since I’m not modest, I’ll just go ahead and tell you that in the first twenty-four hours of my first post, I got over 500 page views. (That means just what it sounds like it means: it’s blogger speak for “people looked at the webpage that has the post on it, so they probably read at least part of what I wrote.”) To give you a rough idea of why that’s so exciting for me, I will admit that the busiest day this blog has ever seen got around 100 page views. So even though approximately 50 of the count at Do Not Faint: Psychology Today were me looking at the site to reassure myself that it actually existed, that still leaves 450 from readers.

Ladies and gentlemen, I feel like a writer. And it feels good.

I’m not just reposting whatever I write here on the new site; I’m going to recycle some old posts there, but for the most part, I’m putting my more general anxiety disorder/preconception/advice stuff at “DNF: PT” and saving the personal stuff for this blog. Stick around and read both, because this one is not only prettier to look at but will contain updates about how my appointments have gone, the meds I’m taking, how my new job is going, etc. In other words, this right here is my “personal blog.” Over there, I’m aiming for a Mental Health Blogger title. It’s also been really exciting to find posts by my “colleagues,” particularly Mark White, Ph.D., philosophy professor, writer, and the lovely person who brought me to the attention of his editor. Okay, so Avi asked him to, but he did, and I am grateful.

Now, what are you waiting for? Go on, have a look!

4 Comments

  1. cy said:

    you so rock. seriously. congrats on this – it is going to lead to big wonderful things!!! xooxoxox

    January 27, 2012
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    • Anne-Marie said:

      Aww, thank you! And when I make lots of money from book sales and/or ad revenues, I will be able to buy lots of your jewelry. Cheers! xoxox

      January 27, 2012
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  2. chelsea said:

    That’s so awesome. I’m so glad that mental health is getting some attention. I cannot count how many women who have responded with “me too” when I tell them about my experiences with anxiety and panic attacks – even reading your blog has been immensely helpful for me – it’s like having a language to finally explain what I feel.

    Looking forward to reading your posts over at Psychology Today, as well as here. Thank you for being so open and honest about such an invisible thing.

    February 15, 2012
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    • Anne-Marie said:

      The writing itself is healing for me, but when I know that I have facilitated a support community, however small, my heart grows three sizes. Thank YOU Chelsea! Come back any time. I will always write back. And here at Do Not Faint, we are open and honest about everything, visible or invisible. (To the point where therapists ask people I know if they are ok with our lives being so public…)

      February 15, 2012
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