As announced this weekend, Pandora is leaving her role as co-editor of this site in order to pursue her new career as Mummy. As well as taking time to thank Pan for the hard work she’s put in over the last couple of years, this seems like a good time to open a discussion about where to take this blog in the future.
I also want to use this space to canvass for a replacement co-editor.
The main function of the blog has been to host the This Week in Mentalists round-ups. For those not familiar with the format, each week a different blogger tells us about what mental health stories they’ve found interesting over the past week on social media or in the news. Hence what Pandora and I mostly do is go round cajoling people into taking a turn at doing it. We normally take turns at this on a monthly basis – Pandora did it for August, so I’m about to do it for September. It’s also been the role of me or Pan to do TWIM if we can’t find someone to do it on any particular week (though when it’s my month I tend to do it at least once anyway, to keep my hand in).
Also, it’s coming to that time of year when we need to start thinking in advance about the annual TWIM Awards, which takes place in December of each year, to reward good-quality mental health blogging. Last year was a bit of a change in that rather than simply voting on it, there was a two-round system where in the first round people nominated their favourite blogs, and in the second round winners were picked by a judging panel made up of prominent figures in the Madosphere. Last year we also introduced the #Twentalhealthawards, which recognised mental health tweeting. The #Twentalhealthawards was a straight vote without a judging panel.
I’d like some feedback regarding nomination categories. The TWIM Awards had the following categories last year:
Mood Disorder blog
Eating Disorder blog
Personality Disorder blog
Anxiety, Stress or Trauma blog
(Roughly correlates to F40-48 of the ICD-10: includes anxiety, Obsessive-Compulsive Disorder, Post-Traumatic Stress Disorder and Dissociative Identity Disorder)
Autistic Spectrum Disorder blog
Psychiatry, Psychology or Psychotherapy blog
Nursing, Social Work or Professions Allied to Medicine blog
Student or Academic blog
Blogger Not Otherwise Specified
(A miscellaneous category for blogs that don’t fit easily into one of the other categories)
The #TwentalHealthAwards had the following categories:
Any thoughts from you guys about these categories? The categorising of the TWIM awards among diagnostic lines is something that’s proved problematic. Although some people agree with the medical model, not everyone does. Also, we’ve had feedback along the lines of, “Yes, I have a personality disorder, but my blog isn’t simply about having a personality disorder”. Hence I think the TWIM Awards categories need to change.
I did wonder about maybe taking out the word “disorder” to use more neutral language. So, “mood disorder” could become “mood”, “eating disorder” becomes “food and body image”, “autistic spectrum disorder” could be “neurodiversity” and so on.
The #TwentalHealthAwards categories mostly seemed to work well, though “patient experience” got a little crowded. I’m wondering how to break that up a little without again falling back on the medical model.
So, to summarise, I’d like a new co-editor, I’d like some feedback on the forthcoming awards. Oh, I’d also like some more volunteers to do a TWIM roundup at some point in the coming months.
I don’t ask for much, do I?