A Versatile Blog.

So, my good friend Gary, at his site klahanie, has seen fit to pass on "The Versatile Blogger" award to me. There are various rules attached to accepting this ward, but being a little bit of a non-conformist, I'm not going to adhere to them. Suffice it to say that I thank Gary wholeheartedly for thinking of me (once again).
Gary has also passed this award on to a number of other bloggers, all of which blog about the subject of mental ill health. Gary has done this to further raise awareness of the many issues surrounding mental illness, and to attempt to reduce the stigma which continues to problematise the lives of many.
But, as this is "The Versatile Blogger" award, perhaps I'll just say that my blog does attempt to cover other subjects as well as mental ill health, the main purpose of this being to show that those with a diagnosis of mental illness are not defined by their experience of such conditions, but are rather so much more than any label can encapsulate. With people often being referred to solely in relation to their illness, it falls upon people like me and Gary to show that there are thinking, feeling human beings behind all the stereotypes.
So, I'll just say thank you to Gary once again, and hope that, in some small way, both our blogs, and the others mentioned by Gary on his site, can get beyond the labels and narrow definitions often imposed on those with experience of mental ill health, and show that it is time that mental illness shed its taboo identity.       


bazza said…
Well deserved David! Yours is one of the few Blogs that still "does what it says on the tin". I'm talking about the description under 'About Me', top right.
I get irritated by claims like "Just me and my madcap world and random thoughts" and then it turns out to be dozens of pictures of grandchildren on the beach! OK, rant over.
Click here for Bazza’s Blog ‘To Discover Ice’
klahanie said…
Dear David,
My rebellious friend, you know that I endeavour to forward on awards in hopes of bringing further awareness of others.
Indeed, you versatile guy, you have demonstrated that your blog is all about variety. You articulately display that you are so much more than any of your mental health concerns.
Congrats to you and we both continue on and along with those others I mentioned, do our best to bring further awareness to eradicate the unfair stigma and labels.
Have a peaceful, positive weekend and thank you for the phone call earlier in the week.
With respect and admiration, Gary
David said…
Dear bazza,
Thank you, and I'm glad that my blog seems to stand out for you as one of the few which is really about what it says it's about. So, this will never be "just me and my madcap world and random thoughts", but shall remain "the passing thoughts of your normal, average delusional and paranoid man"!
Very Best Wishes,
David said…
Dear Gary,
Oh, I'm positively overflowing with positivity now that I've read your comment. But seriously, I thank you sincerely for always thinking of promoting my little blog, and one does hope that we both have had some impact in reducing stigma.
It's always a pleasure to speak with you, Gare, so I too wish you a peaceful and positve week, nay life!
Very Best Wishes, and some cute, little furry things, your way,
Dixie said…
Hi David.
Congratulations! Very well deserved!

Your blog has encouraged me to continue exhibiting the right attitude toward others. Whether they are mentally or physically challenged, or deemed 'the normal of society,' the attitude I bring to the table can be a bridge.

Thank you for writing and sharing your, "Day in the Life...".
Continued success,
David said…
Dear Dixie,
Thanks for your kind remarks and also all the support you have shown this little blog over the last few years. It is greatly appreciated and I'm glad that my writing hasd had the desired effect, on you at least!
Very Best Wishes, from your blogging freind,
klahanie said…
David, you versatile guy, you. It seems you are awake at almost two in the morning.
Of course, this being Penny the Jack Russell dog and modest internet star, I have taken over Gary's blog while the lazy old git is sleeping!
Your adoring fan, Penny!
David said…
Hi Penny, you adorable little pooch you. It's nice to hear that you're keeping watch while Gary, your human, and sometime insomniac, gets some well deserved sleep. As Gary knows, I often go to bed quite early, so sometimes awake in the middle of the night to go on my computer. So, I hope he sleeps well, and come morning, you can get some zzzz's too! Also, could you please tell Gary that it was very nice to speak with him the other day, and I shall be in touch again soon.
With Very Best Wishes, and amny exuberant arf arfs, your way,

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