As you have probably guessed, I have not written an entry for this blog in quite some time and as usual, I say “it’s been a while since I last wrote”, however this time, I just say, “hello!”. I have a lot to share with you in this entry, so, let us get to it!
First things first;
- JustGeorgeJ (The Future of)
Now some of you reading this will have been readers of my blog since it first started back in 2014 and since then, it has been a journey in itself! JustGeorgeJ, as many of you know, started off as a simple platform that allowed me to document my journey through university as I studied my undergraduate degree however it quickly became a platform that allowed me to share my own personal hints; tips; advice; and more to all the students out there (and prospective students) with an aim to provide them with a comfortable place to read about university from a students perspective. Over the past three/four years, this really took off. JustGeorgeJ is featured on several websites and even won a spot in the “Top 33 Students Blogs of 2016” which was fantastic! (Let’s pray it happens again!). Various people have contributed articles and content and there has been a lot of support regarding this student-aimed blog. NONETHElESS, nothing lasts forever and obviously, I can not be a student forever, therefore, change is needed. As much as I would love to continue creating content for students, I can no longer do so in the capacity I was doing so. All the ‘original’ content I created in my First Year has been revisited twice over and a handful of new original content has been created in the latter two years, therefore, going back to old content is no longer an option.
What does that mean for JustGeorgeJ? Well! Whether you know this or not, I am currently running a separate blog entitled ‘The MA Life‘. This blog is similar to JustGeorgeJ in the way it shares my journey through my Postgraduate degree, however, it does not exactly provide advice and helpful content. (This is also due to the fact I have had a significant break from that blog as well). Therefore, that kind of content will continue over on that site. I was then left with a dilemma. Do I leave JustGeorgeJ to fend for itself and create a whole new blog and just leave this as a testament to my time at university? No! Of course not. Several months ago I attempted to begin writing new content in the forms of these two articles: One / Two. This was the first attempt in which I tried to divert away from my usual content and begin to form something new, but then I took a very, very (very, very, very) long break. BUT I have returned and this is the game plan. ‘JustGeorgeJ’, the site which hosts this blog entry, will be used as my ‘main blog’. All the university content is now neatly filed away in another area of the website which you can find in the menu at the top under ‘University Journey’ and everything from my past three/four years of blogging regarding university is there! From now on, all NEW content will be posted under the selection in the menu entitled ‘Content’. The content from now will be regarding living with anxiety (both whilst attending and not attending university). This is something I have touched upon before and written about but from now on, it will be a solid platform for outreach to people (both students and not) suffering from this Mental Illness. It will both be a personal journey and a collective journey. It will provide personal tips, stories and situations regarding dealing and living with university whilst at the same time, aiming to help those who may not exactly understand anxiety and what it is like to live with it, understand it. Therefore, there is a lot of aims!
2. The Redesign
It is no mystery to any of my readers that the ‘style’ and ‘design’ of JustGeorgeJ changes frequently due to the fact I enjoy messing around with different software I discover and then I create something and suddenly it is the new ‘style’ for my blogging sideline. However, I understand if I want to build a real audience base, I have to keep continuity running throughout my design, style, posting schedule, content and more. Therefore, the ‘redesign’ that you have witnessed beginning to creep up is the ‘style’ that is here for the foreseeable future. I do intend to begin work on creating something more personal and cemented that will last the years to come but for now, this is what I am sticking with. Plain, simple and to the point. If you have not seen the latest graphics, you can see them here;
3. What Should You Expect to See & When
As mentioned above, I intend to keep a certain amount of continuity running throughout this new ‘season’ of blogging. Something I have often attempted in the past and was doing fairly well, until my break. Therefore, it is time to start a new. You will find the following content on the following days;
- JustGeorgeJ – The Ramblings of a Twenty-Something Graduate
EVERY Friday between LUNCH-TIME and EVENING
Every Friday you will come across a new original article that documents part of my journey in living with anxiety, tips and tricks to deal with anxiety, suggestions on books and activities, inspirational stories, real-life personal situations and more.
- The MA Life – The Life of a MA Student
EVERY Thursday between LUNCH-TIME and EVENING
Every Thursday you will come across a new original article that details a part of my course that I am currently studying, the struggles I am facing, tips and tricks for dealing with stress and more in order to help potential MA students and existing MA students.
4. Why a Blog on Anxiety?
Well, why not? Anxiety is something that I live with every single day of my life. Sometimes I am good for an extended period of time, sometimes I relapse but no matter what it is always there. Despite the fact it has been a short amount of time in which I have actually been diagnosed with it, it is something that I have always dealt with in a variety of healthy and unhealthy ways. Mental Health and the stigma against it is finally be fought and the raised awareness of it is increasing each and every day, however, it is surprising the number of people that are still suffering alone and in silence. The number of people that do not believe it exists or at the same time is scared to help a loved one with it because they do not understand it is still extremely high. Although there are professional articles, books, journals, workshops and more, some people cannot attend these or afford them or feel comfortable using them. Therefore, it is a good practice that the people that do suffer from a Mental Health issue learn that they can talk about it and it is okay. The more that the individuals talk about, the more the collective will not feel isolated and alone. It only takes a little to help a lot and with me, I have no problem with writing about the anxiety I face every day and trust me, before you say anything, half the stuff you read sounds absolutely ridiculous and I know that but it is how my brain works and people need to understand that. Anxiety is different for everybody but, just getting my experiences out there, even if it helps one person, hopefully, it will let someone know that they are not alone or it may even help somebody understand somebody they love. Whatever it is, it will be talked about.
5. Will We Still Articles that Help Students?
As I briefly touched on above, the bulk of this new content will be based on dealing with anxiety whilst studying at university as it is relevant and present in my life at this very moment. Therefore, these entries will aim to help students and you never know, the odd article might pop up to provide advice and help to students. We will just have to see what the year of 2018 will bring our way!
Since I started blogging, I have attempted to be active on as many platforms as possible, however, this will no longer be the case. Unfortunately, I am not as ‘blogging famous’ as I would like to be and therefore, at this moment and time, I do not need a million and one platforms to try and keep up with. Therefore, you will see me more active in the following:
And there we go! That is everything you can expect from the new and improved 2018 JustGeorgeJ. If you have any questions regarding the content or what is to come, I have available to reach at Facebook, Twitter or by commenting below and as always at the following email address: firstname.lastname@example.org
To end this entry but also begin the ‘new’ content rolling, I will leave you with this tweet that has been circling Twitter recently;
“Mental health awareness at university is crucial. There’s this assumption that university will be the best years of your life but for some people that’s just not true. And that’s okay. Uni is not worth your happiness and it’s okay to struggle, just please do not be afraid to seek help.” (@alicetaylorxox)