The Future Of THE OCD DIARIES

by Bill Brenner on February 20, 2012

After lots of feedback, I’ve decided to change this blog rather than kill it. Erin is going to be my partner in crime in this endeavor. She’s my soul mate and has lived through much of what I’ve written about, so it makes perfect sense.

We’re in the brainstorming stages, but here are some ideas we’re kicking around.

Mood music:

http://youtu.be/pAzyeA9-ib8

I kicked around the idea of changing the name, but most of you have advised against that. The blog is rooted in my desire to raise awareness of OCD and other illnesses of the mind, and readers have suggested I should keep the name as a reminder of where this all started. Others pointed out that it’s become a brand name. When you change the name of a known brand, you confuse the audience.

The tagline of the blog will definitely change, though. It started as the blog that kicks all those demons in the teeth, but the topics have expanded so much that it’s really a blog about dealing with life. Maybe I’ll hold a contest for new tagline ideas.

I think the banner will have to change in other ways, but we’ll see. If my cousin Andrew, the artist behind my banner, is reading this and has any ideas, get to work!

I’m going to switch platforms from WordPress.com to WordPress.org so I can further customize the blog and allow for ads. There are many great organizations out there that can help people with their demons, and I want to offer them a place to get known.

I also want to invite more guest writers in.

Erin has a good idea for readers who have followed my no-flour, no-sugar posts: A section with recipes for those who want to live it without getting bored by the same old food.

Since my love of hard rock is an ongoing theme, I want to devote a section to exposing new and local bands I think you should know about.

Faith has been another main theme, so maybe we can create a special section for that.

The possibilities are endless.

This thing is still in the planning stages, and we welcome your ideas.

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Christy February 20, 2012 at 7:49 am

I love the ideas, especially the recipes. After reading Potatoes not Prozac I was inspired to cut sugar out of the diet and then reading about OA stuff I cut out flour too. I did incredibly well for a year and lost about 40 lbs. I ‘fell off the wagon’ and now I am having a rather hard time getting back on. I would definately benefit by some recipes. Most likely those recipes would benefit Cristian too who has all his food allergies:-) Maybe they would inspire me do it again.

Bill Roth February 20, 2012 at 8:03 am

I know I keep saying this, but you have to publish this. Even as a Kinds eBook. More people would benefit from this.

Faith Morrill February 20, 2012 at 8:32 am

I think there definitely ought to be a section devoted to kids and family life, so we can be treated to a regular dose of Sean, Duncan, and Madison’s witticisms.

kokedit February 20, 2012 at 1:07 pm

Wonderful ideas! And I think that you and Erin will make a great writing team. Go, you two! 🙂

pennywrites February 20, 2012 at 3:47 pm

I started a new one and then killed it, opting instead to do as you are, let the current one morph into what it will become (still a conversation with PJ but expanded). I was feeling too much pressure to produce.Not ready for that just now. Looking forward to see where this takes you.

Jason Miller February 29, 2012 at 11:47 am

Hello, I just recently began reading your blog. I’m currently working on a website/blog that also deals with OCD (mainly) and other life controlling issues. I decided to start a blog because all my people have encouraged me to get my articles published. Look for it soon at http://www.dailyocd.com. I enjoy reading your blog and would really like to network somehow. Keep it up!

Lori Jeanne March 24, 2012 at 7:38 am

I am so thankful for you, your insight and your company. OCD can be so damn lonely. ..youre excellent company:-) Take care, Lori

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