You may have noticed by now that things look pretty different around here... There are two reasons for this.
1. I've decided to create a Squarespace site as I want to make a site that is both nice to look at and fast.
For those of you with your own sites, yes, I became a little obsessed with trying to improve my Google Page Insights rating...I'd been struggling to get the old one past 70%. Yes, for several days, I hyperfocussed on trying to speed things up. All day, every day. But that's ADHD for you!
For this reason, you may have had some trouble accessing my old site over the past few weeks because I had been messing around with plugins with the hope of speeding things up. That didn't happen exactly the way I wanted it to and I ended up losing some of the formatting. Sorry about that!
2. I wanted to create a site that gives me the capability to have frequent guest bloggers on here. This means you!
For a while now, I've been trying to think of ways that I can create a platform where females with ADHD can share their own stories and experiences.
So.... (drumroll, please)
I'm so excited about this as I want to build up a site filled with personal experiences of others so we can show ourselves, and other females, that we're not alone in this.
As you may know, I'm a healthcare sociolinguist (by day!) so I analyse a lot of written and spoken language. I strongly believe that when we use dialogue by reforming our thoughts into words, we can help ourselves (and others) understand what is going on in our own heads. Talking and writing about ADHD makes us think about it in entirely new terms and, by doing so, our thoughts can become more manageable.
By openly writing about my ADHD on this site, I've found that I can gain a new perspective on the condition.
Now it's your turn!
I want YOU to write about your experiences with ADHD - preferably between 500-1200 words, but this can vary depending on your type of post. (I've laid out some submission guidelines here to give you a better idea of how to do this).
You can submit your blog via the site without even having to speak to anyone. (The perfect solution if you've got social anxiety like me!) If you want, you can even be anonymous, or create a pseudonym (preferably a pseudonym). Here's some inspiration from Janet Snakehole and Burt Macklin (I'm going through a Parks & Rec marathon right now!)
I really look forward to hearing your stories, blogs, artwork, graphics, or experiences!
If you want to know more about this, or ask any questions, just get in touch with me at firstname.lastname@example.org