You see this face? This is my thinking face, frequently interpreted by others as bitchy-resting-face, or ‘the scowl,’ unfortunately. It’s the face I wear when I’m processing difficult information, which today is just what I’m doing. Can you help, please?
I want to know whether to set up a private forum for readers.
Since coming to terms myself with rather a lot of mental muck, and writing about it for the greater good, a funny old thing has happened. Every day I get an email or phone call from someone sad, lost or confused who needs help and just wants someone to hear them.
The connection element is the driver, people want to hear themselves play out their thoughts, and someone to reflect them right back. In so doing the thoughts start to make more sense, isolation is reduced and a degree of human connection is re-established. It’s a vital part of our human fabric and yet, so many struggle with it because my goodness, we might be seen as w-e-a-k in our confused vulnerability if we ‘fess up our confused state.
Today I’m puzzling how I can be useful to more people in a more realistic way, since we seem to be onto something here folks. It’s one thing to be there for people in person but not really scalable, and anyway I certainly don’t have all the answers. Often the wisdom of crowds is what’s needed an insight from someone who has been, or still is, in the same murky swamp as you, but in the next paddock.
So here’s where you come in, shall we start a forum on this blog for people to chat online, in private, about their swamp and offer help to others in difficulty?
Would a private online forum be useful for you or anyone you know? Especially those grappling with tough personal decisions, depressive illnesses and the like.
Anonymity would be important, as would good moderation to keep conversations on track and swiftly boot out any wankpuffins (my new favourite word, see left).
Is it worth exploring more? Would you use a forum yourself? Do you know anyone who would?
Please tell me below in the comments (right down at the bottom of the page, down there ⇓) or PM me, anonymously if you prefer.
Meanwhile, I’m off to come up with a better word than wankpuffin, might take a while.