Dedicated to eliminating stigma associated with mental illnesses, Mehri Coulter has found her true calling: blogging about her life with bipolar disorder. She hopes that by sharing her story, others will feel less alone in their struggles with mental illness. She is a wife and mother of three young children and blogs for www.SoBipolar.com.
Tell me about yourself and what motivated you to start your business or blog?
I’m a stay-at-home mother to my three children who are my everything. They’re my true inspiration for living my best life. I cannot stand the thought of them having anything less than their best mom.
I was motivated to start my blog on bipolar disorder because bipolar ruins lives. In part, because of the lack of support. Many people in my family have struggled with the disorder. I want these struggles to end with me. I wouldn’t wish bipolar symptoms on anyone. Basically, I couldn’t not start my blog. Something inside me just kept nagging me to start writing. Also, my incredible husband was beyond supportive of me starting my blog, without his unending love and support I may still be asking myself “should I do this?”
What do you find most challenging about your business / blogging about your topic?
By far the most challenging aspect of blogging about mental health is keeping my mental health intact. On my Instagram account (so_bipolar) I message with hundreds of people everyday about really heavy topics like anxiety and suicide. Considering those both are struggles of my own, it’s tough to learn how to disconnect from it all.
Describe your experiences with some of the people you’ve met on your journey?
Words cannot express how grateful I am for the people I’ve come in contact with. I have met people who have multiple mental illnesses who continue to fight and thrive in their lives; they’re inspiring. I’ve also met people on the other end of the spectrum who really struggle, and feel that life may not be worth living. Although it is devastating to hear, it’s also rewarding to walk alongside them and hope that my story might make them feel like “if she can do it, I can do it too.”
What networking do you do that helps your blogging / business?
Honestly, not much. I’m a bit of a loner, which I know is not necessarily the “proper” way of doing blogging or business, but it works for me. I like to do things all on my own. I figure I would rather let my content speak for itself.
How do you come up with material/content for your business / blog and keep ideas fresh?
My life is my product. So everyday is a fresh idea for me. Especially when I am hypomanic, I have racing thoughts that can generate a lot of new content.
What’s your strategy with your business / blog in general?
To just keep doing it. I wish I had a fancy strategy, but my goal is just to get my story out there. To just keep writing.
What’s the best thing a blogger can give to his readers?
Hope. Everyone needs hope.
What are some tips for people interested in making money from blogging or starting their own business? What are some realistic expectations in regards to what can be made?
I only started my blog about 2 months ago. So I have not gotten to monetizing my business yet. When I get there, I’ll let you know ; ) But what I do know, is it can’t be difficult. It will just take some good ol’ fashion hard work.
What has been your strategy for creating visibility to yourself and your business / blog?
All this talk of strategy… Now I’m starting to think I need one!
What was the most challenging moment in your business / blog content development process and why?
The most challenging aspect was starting my blog. It took me a year of thinking “should I do this?” Which was just insane. I’m so glad I did. Also, before starting my blog I was not on any social media… I am basically a technology moron. So learning how Instagram even worked was a challenge for me. Now it seems pretty straight-forward.
If someone was interested in blogging or starting a business, what would be a few things you would suggest?
To just start it already. One other thing I think that has helped me is that I specialize (in bipolar disorder). I think that if you have a focused vision and specialize in something, you can be more of an expert in that field.