People search in google when they want information. Sometimes they type in, “my son died from overdose,” or “kill myself after my daughter’s suicide,” “my girlfriend killed herself,” “I relapsed and no one loves me,” “bipolar suicide attempt,” “my father killed himself,” “2 years clean” and so on.
Every day this happens. They search on Google, Facebook, Linkedin, Instagram, Twitter, YouTube, Yahoo, Bing, and even smaller search engines. All are in search of connection that you provide with your emotionally naked stories and wisdom.
People will sometimes search by your child’s name if they know that child has died. And they land here and read. They search your name and find your story. Typically, they read more than one page.
Sometimes they are looking for a community that understands loss. Sometimes they want a place that isn’t going to judge them. Other times, it’s a parent searching for what to do from those of us who’ve been there and they find those stories.
Many of the posts save lives because I get those messages that say so. Other times, it provides a safe place where someone feels they belong.
Your stories dominate the top of the rankings on this site.
Together, you all and me, we’ve reached over 430k people in 2.5 years and over 20k clicks from Google searches alone in the last ninety days.
Below is just one example and I use this one only because it’s a rare instance in which I can see the exact phrase they typed in to find the page. Google doesn’t often reveal the exact phrase but this from a different search tool.
Someone from Kentucky typed “told dad I was depressed and he laughed at me,” and they landed on the article titled, “People choose to be depressed, said my father.” So what someone found out, was that they were not alone. I don’t always get messages or comments on the post. But there are enough here to show that it’s happened.
The very first time I realized a blog could save lives was when a mom shared this post on Facebook. A young lady named Lauren clicked the link and read the post shared by a friend of her mother’s and landed on that post and wrote this message to me. She turned her life around and just graduated from college.
The right share caught the right pair of eyes and she transformed her life.That one share was all it took and this has repeated itself multiple times.
That’s what your sharing does. That’s how these posts save lives. It happens in so many different ways.
So are you ready to put your story out there? Contact me.