Today’s blogger interview post will introduce you to Matty, who blogs at Confessions. Matty, who contributed a guest post to this blog several months ago, is a senior in college who hopes to become a youth pastor one day. Matty juggles his studies, work, and personal life all while dealing with depression and anxiety.
When you visit Matty’s blog, you’ll notice that not only does he work to reduce the stigma surrounding mental illness, he also writes poetry, about his relationship with God, and about life in general. (Make sure you check out one of Matty’s latest posts called A Little Anthrax For Your Anxiety today — you may have to ask Matty to buy you a new keyboard or a new pair of underwear after reading it, since that’s how hard you’ll laugh.)
Now, let’s get started —
What made you write your first blog post?
My first blog post on Confessions was actually inspired by my previous attempts at blogging/writing. As a young teenager I would bring manuscripts of short stories that I had created to my grandmother. She and I would pour over the details of each story and try to make them any better. She was always so supportive of my crazy ideas. I reread a few of them after a year or so had passed and cringed at how bad they were. I applauded my Grandma for sticking through it though. I’ve tried my hand a few times at blogging but I always drifted from it. January of 2015 brought a new vigor for blogging and I started writing down my thoughts. Fast forward a year and here we are!
What goals do you have for your blog in 2016? We’ll consider them your New Year Blogolutions. 😉
I actually have 4 goals for this year! Only one of them is quantitative while the rest serve as a continual thing. Here they are:
- To continually, and more effectively, pour time and energy in to the blogging community.
- To continue establishing my voice in (and outside of) the Mental Health Community.
- To advance my writing skills.
- To double my reading audience by the end of 2016.
Which character from The Lord of the Rings do you most identify with?
This one is actually a really difficult question for me because I love all of the characters. I was tempted to say Legolas because I relate to his incredible looks and amazing golden locks, but (lol yeah right) thought that might be a bit to presumptuous. I then began thinking of Aragorn because of his mad skills with the sword, but then realized I’ve never really needed to use a sword. My final decision was a toss up between Gollum and Merry. I didn’t want to come across insane (or admit it), so I ultimately decided Merry. He knows how to have fun but also knows a level of responsibility. He’s not afraid to take on a challenge but has a soft side. *insert awwww here*
Set your iPod (or non iPod) to shuffle. What are the first 5 songs that pop up?
- Cheerleader by OMI
- Hall of Fame by The Script
- One Republic Mash-Up by Anthem Lights
- In Better Hands by Natalie Grant (this is my GF’s playlist *smh)
- Hey Girl by Billy Currington
So, Netflix has decided to do a movie on your life. What do you think it’s called and which B-list actor would be cast to play you?
My movie would be called Freakin’ Really? and it would star Jeff Goldblum as myself. Why the title and actor? Well, the title because I feel like I’m constantly dealing with things that make me go “freakin really?” The actor because he was my favorite character in Jurassic Park, and I feel like only he could pull off a snarky chuckle all the while rolling his eyes and just dealing with the stupidity.
Did you play any good pranks in high school?
I was boring in high school, honestly. Due to this, I got picked on quite a bit. Instead of telling you about a prank I pulled I’ll just share with you what was pulled on me (or down in this case).
I played high school baseball during my junior year. We lived up in South Haven, Michigan where it was cold the majority of the year. During the beginning of Spring we would have baseball practice and games, but it was still cold. Due to this I decided to wear sweatpants to school one day. I’m walking down the hall, minding my own business, when all of a sudden I feel a draft. “Curious,” I thought, “it wasn’t cold a moment ago.” I noticed that some girls huddled around a locker looked my way and began laughing. “Curious,” I thought, “I never have much attention from the ladies.” Then it hit me. I looked down. Turns out that one of my friends snuck up behind me and pantsed me in the hallway. Thankfully I can laugh at myself but even more so that I wore boxers that day.
As always, let’s wrap this up with you sharing a few blogs you are fond of. Give us the lowdown as well as the links.
I follow a lot of blogs and I hate that I don’t have the time to read them all. I’m finishing up my senior year of college, and it’s demanding more time than I like. With that said, when I do get the time to read these are the ones I focus on.
Finding Rachel’s Way is one of my favorite blog sites out there. Rachel and I have been friends for the majority of this past year, and I love reading her honest approach to her difficulties and struggles. If you’re looking for an honest approach to all things life while relating to Mental Health, Rachel’s blog is for you!
Behind the White Coat is also another one of those blogs that I’ve followed for a little while. I used to work in a hospital and would always come across doctors who were crude, rude, and just downright not nice people to deal with. Victo is not one of those doctors. She writes from the heart, shares her heart, and makes you laugh with comical retellings of her doctorly experiences.
Confessions of a Recovering P.K. is home to a guy who, like me, grew up as a pastor’s kid. I love reading his thoughts, relating to his struggles, and seeing how God is working through them all. If you ever want to know what pastors and their families go through give him a read.
My friend Lily over at Such Small Hands gives a fresh, renewing perspective on life and finding God despite circumstances. She’s so refreshing simply because she’s honest and open about the things she faces. She’s not shy about admitting she struggles, but she’s also not shy about admitting who takes care of her in the everyday. I highly recommend her even if you don’t believe in God! She’s got a little bit of everything.
Lastly, but definitely not least, is SuperMommyofTwins. Her blog name is Supermom Mentality and she gives a hilarious, yet grounded viewpoint of the Mommy life. I will never be a mother, but I only step away from her blog smiling and appreciating what it means to be a mom. She’s definitely worth the read.
Obviously I’m not going to forget my friend E here. I’ve known her the longest and have actively followed her for the longest time. She needs no introduction because if you’re reading this then that means you’ve met her. I encourage you to share her blog, interact more with her, and keep showing her the love! She’s a gracious gal allowing me (and so many others) a chance to put their thoughts on her site. Keep up the good word E!
Thanks so much for participating and for the kind words, Matty, you rock!
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