If you’ve been getting posts here by email, never fear, I haven’t turned that off. You’ll still be getting those, but I have hidden away the signup form for new subscribers. Simply put, the default email subscription tool for WordPress just isn’t doing it for me. All it does is send out posts when they are published. I have been toying around with some new things I want to try, and wanted something a bit more flexible, so I’ve created a subscriber list using Mailchimp. Right now, if you sign up for that list, you’ll receive one newsletter per week, on Monday morning, with all of the week’s posts from this blog and the News and Reviews blog.
Eventually, I will be adding some new features, perhaps running some contests, surveys, or making some special content available to newsletter subscribers. I can’t really say for sure because so much depends on what kind of interest there is in the newsletter first! So, if you’d like to start getting weekly updates, and more surprises in the future, sign up now!
I’m going to be hosting the monthly Blog Carnival Against Child Abuse here this month. Since this is a month where I am facing some big changes in life, including moving across the country at the end of it, I thought why not look into the topic of change. As survivors, change can be terrifying. We are comforted by control and predictability, so change isn’t something that we naturally look forward to. But it doesn’t have to stay that way! I’d love to hear from some folks this month who have managed to embrace change, make changes in their own lives, and how they’ve overcome this fear of change!
As always, we will have the regular topics as well and I look forward to seeing all of you submitting a post, old or new, for this month’s carnival!
-Advocacy and Awareness
-Healing and Therapy
-In the News
To submit an article, you can fill out this submission form. To find out more about this “Blog carnival” thing, you can check out Tracie’s page for more details. The deadline for submissions is Weds. Aug 27. The carnival will go live on Friday Aug 29, the day before I move actually.
Now let’s put together a chorus of survivor’s voices for this month’s carnival and show the world that we’re out here!
If you are a Flipboard user on your iPhone or iPad, you can now get all the content from this site, as well as various links that I share throughout the week, in the Child Abuse Survivors magazine.
You can subscribe in the app, or on the web, and then follow along with the things that are being shared here and among many other resources covering all kinds of topics, in an easy to read online magazine type layout. I use Flipboard on my iPad as a way to see what my Twitter followers are sharing, as well as the “big” news over the subjects that interest me.
If you have a Flipboard magazine that is also sharing information of interest to abuse survivors, let us know in the comments!
If you’re a regular Tumblr user, you can now follow this blog, including all of our posts, on our tumblr blog. Right now it just has a link to the latest posts up, but eventually I’d like to start getting involved with other survivors over there, the same way that we do on Facebook, Twitter and Google Plus, currently.
If that’s your place to hang out and you want to keep up with the site, by all means, follow us over there – http://childabusesurvivor.tumblr.com/
Thanks to my discovery of Simple Tags recently, a WordPress plugin that helps you add tags to old posts, I’ve been doing just that on this blog.
Now, what that means to you might not be much, but it allows me to have another way to present the content here to you. Initially, I had simply created a couple of categories and figured I’d let that be the way you browse posts on the same subject, but over the course of 12+ years of blogging, those categories have become overwhelming. Simply saying here are the posts about child abuse, or depression, is too much now. So Simple Tags helped me broaden the horizons, if you will, and start to use keywords to tag posts and then be able to bunch them up together for you to peruse.
For example, if you wanted to see all the posts where I mention healing, there’s a link for that.
On any post that has tags, you’ll see it toward the bottom, and the tags will be linked to other posts with that same tag. Hope you find it useful!
Lately, something on this site has been keeping me a little busier than normal. There seems to be some reason that Google has stopped directing people to the home page, and listing this site in it’s search results even when you search for the URL: childabusesurvivor.net.
I won’t bore you with the details, I’ve already written about them elsewhere.
I would, however, like to point out that this means fewer people who might be searching for information about abuse survivors, are likely to stumble upon this site, at least for the time being. Given this fact, I want to encourage all of my readers to share. If there’s something you see in a post on this site that you think others would benefit from seeing, share it. If you came here because someone shred the site with you, and you just know a friend who would be interested, share it with them. Don’t be shy, share!
There are sharing buttons on every post, for all of your favorite social networks, or to simply email to your friends. I’ve tried to make it as easy as possible for you to share with other survivors or those who are interested in helping them overcome child abuse.
Share away, and thanks for reading!
Since tomorrow is the Thanksgiving holiday here in the US, and I have sort of been writing about the idea of thankfulness each year at this time, I just wanted to take a minute to say that I’m thankful for you, the readers of this site. I’m thankful that you take the time to read, to comment, to send me links, to share posts from here with your social networks, and that you sometimes even let me know when something that has been written on the site has had a positive influence on you. Knowing that someone, somewhere, is getting something out of this site makes all of the time and effort worthwhile.
Beyond all of that, though, I’m also glad you’re here in a more existential sense. I’m glad you’re here, still working to move forward in healing. I’m glad you haven’t let the abuse take more than it already has, that you are doing whatever you can to heal, and to support others who are trying to heal as well. It may not always look that appealing, and it might be the toughest thing you’ve ever done, but as long as you’re here, there’s at the very least hope for healing and joy to come to your life. That sure beats the alternative!
Enjoy your holiday, however you are marking it!