The Mental Health Blog Family, or #MHBlogFam, is a network of mental health bloggers who help each other by supporting one another and our blogs.
I recently set up a comment pod system for any and all mental health bloggers. All members in each comment pod have committed to commenting on each other’s blog posts (minimum of one) per month. There are three different levels of comment pods so that you can decide which commitment is best for you.
Gold Comment Pod
Our Gold comment pods have a maximum of 16 members. This means that you will receive a minimum of 15 real comments every month from everyone else who is in your comment pod.
Silver Comment Pod
Our Silver comment pods have a maximum of 11 members. This means that you will receive a minimum of 10 real comments every month from everyone else who is in your comment pod.
Bronze Comment Pod
Our Bronze comment pods have a maximum of 6 members. This means that you will receive a minimum of 5 real comments every month from everyone else who is in your comment pod.
The main idea of #MHBlogFam is to help get mental health bloggers together so that we can form friendships and show each other support.
As bloggers, we sometimes get discouraged, or we get writer’s block, or we feel like an outcast in the blogging world. There are tons of bloggers out there so it’s easy to feel lost, but each and every one of us is different, and we each have our own voice and story that deserves to be heard.
How exactly does #MHBlogFam work?
On the first day of each month, you may begin visiting everyone’s blogs and start leaving your comments. You may do so at your own pace. If you’d like some comment love on a specific post, you’re welcome to share the link to it in our group DM.
It is each group member’s responsibility to keep up with the blogs they have and haven’t already posted a comment on. Each group has a Google Spreadsheet to help everyone keep up with the blogs they have and haven’t yet commented on.
We’re all big girls and boys
This system is only functional if we abide by the honor system. It is important that you visit everyone else’s blog and post at least one real, substantial comment on any one of their posts. It doesn’t have to be a long comment, but it must be something more than “Great post!” or “I love your blog,” and it must address the subject matter in the post.
If you fail to post all of your comments in a given month, I will send you a reminder. I will do this only three times. If you do not post your minimum requirement of comments for a third time, you will be removed from the group without further notice.
You are joining with the understanding that you have a certain number of comments to complete every month. We understand that things come up or that you may forget, which is why we give you a few chances before removing you from the group. With that being said, we simply cannot hover around everyone in the group to make sure they post their comments.
If the end of the month is nearing and you know that you won’t be able to meet your commitment, please let us know so that we can make a note of it. We are more than happy to give you extra time as long as you follow through with your commitment by the end of the following month.
You are welcome and encouraged to check and monitor the comments from the group members to be sure that you do receive the correct number of comments. If you notice that someone’s comment is missing, please send me a DM so that it can be addressed.
How do I join a comment pod?
If you are interested in joining one of our comment pods, you must be a mental health blogger and you must have a blog. You must also be willing to commit to posting a minimum of either 15, 10, or 5 comments on other mental health bloggers’ blogs per month.
If at any time you feel like you cannot keep up with the commitment of posting your comments per month, you are welcome to either DM me and request to be placed in a lower-level group, or you are welcome to DM me and ask to be removed from the group. There won’t be any hard feelings — I promise! You will always be welcome to move to a higher-level group or, if you decide to step away for a while, join a comment pod again at a later time.
To be added to one of our comment pods, please follow me, @ItsNicoleCarman, on Twitter, and DM me to let me know that you’re interested in joining one of our mental health comment pods. Please include the type of comment pod (Gold, Silver, or Bronze) that you’re interested in joining. Or, you can simply comment on this post with this info.