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mental health mondays :: coming soon

i've had a lot of requests to bring this feature back, as in really back, on a weekly basis, not just when i feel like it, or when something in particular catches my interest. and the truth is that i miss writing about all sorts of crazy, whether its my own or other people's or ideas about it or anything that's related, really. and my past posts do continue to generate a surprising number of views. so, this is my way of saying that, yes, i will be bringing back mental health mondays and i will be making every attempt to keep it on a regular schedule.

since the subject has been of interest to me for a long time, i've continued to keep up with developments, which means that i have a fair number of things that it's occurred to me to write on. and since i tend to be lazy and disorganised about things related to this blog, i'm making this post rather than diving right in with a post on the subject of mental health in order to give myself time to go through the things i've accumulated and get a solid subject for "the great return post that i find intimidating to think about in advance".

in fact, mental health mondays isn't the only thing that i miss. the regularly scheduled posts were generally a treat to work on, but between mental health, under-reported stories from around the world, and paranoid theories, the research schedule got a bit too heavy for me to handle and still make money. [of course, when people click that happy donation button above and to the right, it makes it that much easier for me to justify writing/ researching.]

i will at some point find a way to fit all the things that i'd like to do here without compromising my ability [and dom's] to live and eat, but until i figure that one out, i have to choose my battles. the battle i'm choosing for the time being is to bring back mental health mondays, starting next week, january 15th. [which, on a completely unrelated note, is martin luther king jr. day. grotesquely, it's also robert e. lee day in some states. who the hell made that schedule?]

if you're unfamiliar with mhm, you can find out more by clicking on the label tag below. if you are familiar, and have an idea for something you'd like me to cover, please feel free to drop me a line at kate[at]fsquaredmedia[dot]net.

onward and upward, probably in a loopy pattern, but with some measure of momentum.

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