One Year With Mark Wester – My Blogoversary

It has been a crazy long time since I published my last post and I owe you an apology for disappearing so long. There’s been a lot of things going on in my life lately and I have just noticed that I haven’t actually posted anything for 2 weeks!

But I finally got some time to sit down, open a bottle of my favorite wine and stop for a moment to think about my life. And while I was sitting on my balcony daydreaming, I suddenly remembered that I was doing the exact same thing one year ago. On the day when I started blogging.

Time is flying, is it not? It’s been a year since I published my first post and well, the world changed a lot in the last 12 months. And I have changed too. A year ago, I wouldn’t have imagined that I would be able to survive such a year. The day I wrote my first post, I felt I was going crazy and I thought that writing would be a way out. And I was right, it was definitely the way out.

Now, when I am writing this post, I feel good. It has been a crazy year full of challenges and uncertainties but over the last few months, I have become a different person. The Mark who did not know what he wanted from life and who was drinking to drown his sorrows and to escape from his fears, has slowly disappeared and a new Mark has taken his place. A Mark who most probably has always been there but who was buried in his OCD.

Writing has helped me a lot. But it wouldn’t have helped me get through this year and to become the person I am today without the people who have been supporting me.

Amazing people who made me feel that I was not alone. Fantastic human beings who have read my posts, left supportive comments, sent me beautiful emails and who told me that my writing had helped them.

And yes, I am talking about you, my dear readers. I cannot even describe how much it means to me that you are here to support me. And I cannot thank you enough for reading my blog.

What have I learnt from blogging?

Well, a lot of things. First of all, blogging has shown me that I am not completely “useless”. If there is one person out there who finds my posts helpful, it means that I was able to help a human being. And that is an amazing feeling. Over the last 12 months, I have also learnt that no matter how unusual my thoughts and feelings seem to be, there will always be someone who can relate to them and understand the way I feel. And finally, writing has made me think about my problems and reflect about the things I truly want from life.

What are my future plans?

Well, as you might have already guessed, I am planning to carry on blogging. I am going to publish posts about my personal experiences with OCD and about topics that I am passionate about such as different learning methodologies, communication techniques and LGBT rights.

And I have some news for you! I have started to work on my first novel that I am planning to publish next year. It tells a story which is inspired by my OCD struggles but it also talks about love, family, friendship, society and life in my city, Budapest.

Furthermore, I am going back to university. As you know, I have always been interested at psychology but I do not have a psychology degree nor am I a certified therapist. And I really think it is time for me to open a new chapter in my career and to do something that I feel truly passionate about. (Wish my good luck πŸ™‚ )

What would you like to read about?

I think it is also time to ask what YOU would like to read about. Is there any topic that you would like me to explore in more details in any of my future posts? Or do you have any questions that you you’d like to ask me? Or any feedback? Please feel free to share your thoughts in the comment section!

One Year With Mark Wester – Your Favorite Posts

Over the last 12 months, I have published 83 posts. Let’s see what your favorites were! (Based on my stats)

  1. OCD: Living a lie
  2. In the prison of your own mind: Responsibility OCD
  3. When Your Brain Is Drained – OCD & Mental Exhaustion
  4. Am I a monster? – The story of my Harm OCD
  5. 9 things you shouldn’t say to someone with OCD

Thank you for reading!

I cannot thank you enough for supporting me and for reading my posts. It means the world to me. Love you all.

Mark

22 thoughts on “One Year With Mark Wester – My Blogoversary

  1. Sounds like some great things ahead for you! Many types of writing can be very cathartic, something I found out for myself when I began writing novels a few years back. It’s great to see someone coming out of 2020 in a better place. Hope you have a safe and wonderful holiday and New Year!!

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    1. Yeah! I am pretty excited about the future. And well said – writing can sometimes be truly cathartic.
      Thank you for reading my blog ❀ and I wish you a Merry Christmas and a Happy New Year!

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  2. Happy Blogoversary Mark!!

    I’m so happy that writing this blog has been helpful to you and that you feel much better than last year!

    As I told you before, I love your writing and your articles have helped me a lot. You aren’t useless and you will never be, please don’t forget that! Your articles are always well-written and I can relate to them so much. And your take on everything is very thoughtful!

    I really wish you the best for the year to come. I’m glad you’ll continue writing your blog as I take great pleasure in reading it.
    And I wish you the best for your book too! I wish I could read Hungarian to read it as I’m sure it will be as good as your blog posts; even better I’m sure!
    And I hope you will enjoy going back to university and learning about psychology! I did a bit of psychology as a side class during my studies and it was really interesting. I’m sure you’ll like it!

    I wish you the best again,

    Athena

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    1. Hi Athena,

      Thank you very much ❀ Writing wouldn't have been so helpful for me if I did not have amazing people, like you, reading my blog.

      And I am glad to read that reading my articles has helped you. It means a lot to me that there are people out there who find my writing helpful.

      And actually, my future plan is to publish posts even more frequently than nowadays! December was unusually busy at work so I couldn't spend enough time on my blog but I hope next year will be a little bit quiter.

      Thank you ❀ the book is based on my own life and my experiences and well, at the moment I am having difficulty with "making my characters more unrecognizable". Like most of the characters in my book are based on people I know and I am really trying to make sure that I will not offend anyone in any way.

      And I am writing it in English. Hungarian is my mother tongue but I have never been too good at writing in Hungarian haha.

      And thank you! I too hope I will enjoy going back to university. It has been over 7 years since I left uni so it will surely be fun to go back. Especially if I study something that I enjoy.

      Thank you again for reading my blog and for supporting me ❀

      How has your Christmas been?

      Cheers

      Mark

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      1. Hi Mark,

        I’m so sorry for the late reply.

        I’m looking forward to reading more articles from you in 2021 then!

        Oh then I’m also looking forward to reading your book eventually! I totally understand that it must be hard to make your characters more unrecognizable but I’m sure you will manage to do so in the end.

        I’m sure it will be fun yes! I really hope you will have a wonderful time at uni!

        My Christmas has been very good, spending time with my family has been good. And how was your Christmas?

        I wish you an early happy new year and I wish you the best for 2021,

        Athena

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