Brotherhood of World Bloggers Award

I feel very proud of myself this afternoon as I have been kindly nominated as one of the first recipients of a brand new award created by Kevin at voiceofglass. This is a wonderful award and I am delighted that Kevin has seen fit to award this to me!

On accepting the award, recipients are asked too…

  1. Thank the blogger who awarded them with the award.
  2. Link back to that bloggers blog post in which the award was given.
  3. State what receiving the award means to them.
  4. Say why they starting and/or continue blogging.
  5. Make a statement as to why they feel men blogging is important.

In following the requests from Kevin here are my responses.

State what receiving the award means to them.

Receiving this award makes me very proud because it has come from such an esteemed blogger who has recognised something in my blog that he feels inspires other people.  Recognition from your peers is always an honour because there are so many people out there writing blogs so being chosen gives me that nice warm happy feeling inside!

Say why they starting and/or continue blogging.

I started blogging because I was in a bad state of mind mentally and wanted to document my daily thoughts and feelings as a way of therapy to help me get to the root of my depression. Originally I did not expect anyone to read it and then suddenly I was getting messages from people who said they were surprised about how honest and open I was about my issues and that they recognised a lot of me in them! Especially men which gave me the inspiration to carry on blogging with the aim of helping others, men in particular, and of course myself.

Make a statement as to why they feel men blogging is important.

It is nice to know that other men are going through the same battles that you are and without other male bloggers I would still be sitting in a dark room and a dark place.

Blogging from a male perspective shows other men that it is ok to talk about depression and that it is not a sign of weakness to have it.  We need more male bloggers talking about mental health issues to show the world that we will not be held back by the stigmas that surround mental illnesses and the more we talk about these things, the better understanding from our peers and society in general, we can generate.

Thank you Kevin for creating this award and for choosing me as a recipient!