Hello everyone. I know it’s been a long time since I’ve posted anything (over three years, apparently). Part of the reason for my absence is I felt like I had discussed all the topics I had in mind when I started the blog. The other, more significant reason, however, is that I didn’t feel like I was the right person to run a blog like this. While I certainly care enough about the topic and have been dealing with the issue for long enough to gain perspective, I’m not beyond it. My self-harm isn’t always as bad as it used to be, but sometimes it’s worse. I wanted to write this blog as someone who experienced it, overcame it, then would be able to show others that they too can overcome it. But I haven’t. It’s still a part of my life and if I must be honest I don’t know if I ever will be completely over it.
But maybe that isn’t crucial. Despite not posting anything on this blog in over three years, my views and blog traffic have remained quite high and feedback I have received has been positive. I don’t take that to mean that I’m the best writer ever (but it’s fine if you think that 😉). What it does mean, however, is that what I was writing about is important. I want people to know that others are experiencing this and that their less-than-perfect coping mechanisms don’t make them gross or disgusting. For that reason, I would like to return to contributing to this blog.
Instead of blogging, I have been spending the last few years obtaining my bachelors in neurobiology and am currently applying to Ph.D. graduate programs in neuroscience. One of my research interests is the neuroscience of addiction and addictive behaviors. While I want to continue with the blog posts having a personal touch, I would like to present some relevant research that’s being done that I find interesting (and I’ll present these in a manner that’s as accessible as possible to everyone). I might also expand upon my most popular older posts.
I also apologize to those I haven’t responded to during my absence. I’ll definitely be better about that, even if I don’t think I have all the answers.