I don’t usually pay much attention to Christian social media awards and ‘top’ lists and what have you, not that I have anything against such things, it just doesn’t really interest me.
But this year in the Premier Christian New Media Awards I had a ‘runner’; namely, Gillan of God and Politics who was shortlisted for the Best Newcomer Blog. I really enjoy Gillan’s blog and try to support with links as often as possible, and even corresponded with him before he went live. Given this I was really hoping he’d pick up the award.
Sadly he didn’t, but he did get runner-up.
But there is a silver lining.
The winner is a blog I’d never heard of called Believer’s Brain. Much to my delight this is a Christian blog dedicated to mental health and regular readers will know how important this issue is to me. I’ve had a look around and the blog looks super. Here’s what the author says of the blog:
Mental health & Christian faith. How can they be reconciled? Are the mentally ill more sinful? less Christian? How do we deal with depression, self-injury and everything else, while being true to God?
Believer’s Brain exists to discuss Christian faith and mental illness. My name is Emma, and I have bipolar disorder. I am also a Christian. I write mostly about depression and self injury, and associated topics.
You can read the About section for yourself and there’s also an entire section on self-harm. Believer’s Brain has been going since March and I will most certainly keep an eye on it. The author is also on Twitter.
So, although I’m disappointed Gillan didn’t win top spot, I’m very pleasantly surprised that a blog majoring on the intersection between mental health and faith did so well.
Finally, I will join Archdruid Eileen in crying into my pillow for never having been nominated for an award