The word “digest”, in reference to information, means:
“summary of material or information. Or,
“information or a piece of writing that has been made shorter”
If you’re like me, then you’ve visited a lot of bipolar communities for support. I’ve spent a lot of time at large funded website and forums, but lately, I have been spending more time on personal blogs. Reading personal stories allows me to tap into a more personal relationship because you get to understand what challenges an individual person faces when diagnosed with bipolar disorder. So,
When I decided to start this personal blog, I thought of many names that would represent my mission. Because I wanted it to be personal, I thought maybe naming it after my name, RizvanUllah.com, would be a good approach. However, I decided against this because I wanted to choose a name that was related to bipolar, and when others see it within the search engines or communities, they know what my blog is about. For example, here are some personal bipolar blogs that I actively read:
Above, you’ll notice how the names are direct, including things like “child” or “mom”, right? I’m not totally off, but when you hear BipolarDigest.com, you think about magazines like ReadersDigest.com or szdigest.com with more of a magazine theme. The truth is, when I first registered this domain 7 years ago, I actually did it with the intention of starting a magazine for distribution. However, plans got changed because to have a magazine in circulation requires huge financial backing. The magazine I had planned would cover bipolar news, personal stories, new medication, and improvements in the disorder itself.
However, in recent years, we’ve seen enormous changes online in the form of Digital Marketing, where print magazines are now being circulated online through an app. I’m NOT trying to sell you anything but just being completely transparent because I feel some of you will question the name I chose for a “personal” blog.
In the end, I decided to keep this name for my blog for some very important reasons:
First, even though I don’t have a digital magazine, and want to keep this blog as personal as possible, I’ll still be able to run it as a personal digital magazine. I’ll use this blog to share personal stories or even share news that I’ve read regarding the changing trends in bipolar. If you read my first blog post, then you know I encourage all of you to share your stories by posting comments or sending through content directly to me. Just like a magazine, I’ll still be able to publish others’ content, spreading knowledge to our readers. Next,
By keeping the idea of a magazine and mixing it with my own personal blogging stories, I’ll be able to focus on the bigger picture. For example, I’ve been involved in online marketing for over 7 years, and one thing I’ve learned is you have to stay focused or look for inspiration. This means looking outside the box so I feel treating this as an online magazine will allow me to add certain aspects you all find appealing. I have some big plans for this blog going forward, and I’m trying to learn from the best publications online.
Secondly, as the definition of the word “digest” states above, I’m trying to comprise my life from 2000 when I first got diagnosed into smaller portions, all providing some sort of lesson. It would be enormously difficult if I write out every single minute of my life while battling bipolar, and you guys will have a tedious time trying to pull out the value. This is why, before starting this blog, I sat down for a refresher, looking over what serious events took place in my life, and how I managed them so they would reflect positivity. If I can write and make it as direct as possible, then you will have an easier time understanding what I’m trying to say. You’ll also have an easier time implementing a strategy that has worked for me into your lifestyle (which, again, is completely optional). Next,
This blog is a place where all of you can share your thoughts or even provide feedback. It’s a place where you can share your emotions and be completely transparent WITHOUT having to write a complete story about who you are, where you come from, or what you need.
My Final Thoughts,
Because I’ve promised to be completely transparent about the stuff on my mind, I’ve decided to tell you why I named my blog BipolarDigest.com. I guess much of this was triggered because in my first post, I claimed this as a personal blog so didn’t want any of you thinking it was far from my claim. Hopefully, we can continue to share, and increase bipolar awareness going forward. It’s affecting more people than it has ever, but we are in a position to make a change by supporting each other.
Please share your thoughts and let me know what you thought about BipolarDigest.com when you first arrived on the site.