Plans for the future…?

by | 3 Jun 2022 | Updates / Personal | 13 comments

It has now been a little over 6 months since I relaunched this site and it’s adjoining YouTube channel.  I had committed – in my own head, rather than out loud – to a 6 months’ push to get both platforms populated with content. I wanted there to be a collection of content for you to peruse when you arrive.  (if you don’t know about the relaunch and the saga of a lot of lost content go and read THIS post).  So, here we are, past that 6 months’ point and the sites are fleshed out some again….so, I am starting to wonder about plans for the future…?

What are people interested in?  What platforms reach people?  What’s working, and not working?

I write this blog, and create the YouTube videos with the main goal of engaging people in the Eating Disorder arena – whether that means basic education and introducing you to the field, or keeping you engaged and calling you to action.  However, the landscape of social media has changed a lot since I began blogging on the topic in 2016; it seems people consume more but engage less (i.e. comment, email and so on).  This is hard when creating content becomes a drain on time – and I’m left less sure of what exactly people ARE interested in, and what IS working….?

I have so many ideas, so many vague plans (and some more concrete ones too), and only so much time.  So, it is important to me that my content reaches YOU in the right way.  Are YOU getting value from what is currently here?  Is it of benefit or interest for me to keep blogging, and creating videos – or is there something more impactful I could be doing?  As I say, I have many ideas.

The ‘cost’ of creating blogs and YouTube videos in these past 6 months has been that I’ve held back on other areas of my work – perhaps I could be expanding my services, running more training and so on…

This is all a fine balance between reaching you with information, showing you what I do, and offering stuff that aids your work and therefore aids those with Eating Disorders.  I’m doing all of this while managing my private practice, living my own life, and  – lets be frank – paying the bills.  If I could educate the entire world on Eating Disorders for free I would do it, but as someone close to me often says “…they don’t accept brass washers in Sainsbury’s”, so I do have to charge for some of the provisions I offer.  And, if I want to keep reaching people, keep creating better educational services and therapy services, that all comes at a cost.

So, here I am, wondering.  Wondering how much you value this website (or not), how much help the YouTube videos are (or are not) and where I should best spend my time and energy.

So, I guess this post is a plea for your engagement.  Please, tell me – and be honest.  Guide me… where do we go from here?

13 Comments

  1. Cheryl Morgan

    Hi Kal,
    I attended one of your three day training courses in Bridgend some years ago. The training gave me a brief glimpse into the complex issues around ED. I went on to work with young people in secondary schools and still find myself revisiting your slides and my notes from that training. I struggle every day with the different behaviours around ED and would welcome any further training (I understand on line) you can provide. Your blog and your videos on what not to say or refer to I find so helpful. Thank you for all the work you put into these, Cheryl

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    • Kel_MHB

      Hi Cheryl,
      Bridgend was one of our fav workshops (despite the 5 hours stuck in traffic!) so Iam really glad to hear it was impactful enough that you still call upon the learning now. There will for sure be further training coming – it is a case of how quickly, and in what order….but for sure more training to come. So, I hope to connect more directly soon 🙂

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  2. Alex Strangward

    I was really greatful to attend your training.
    I would love more working ideas. I need the resources for the yp who are have one food issues but not at the point of any diagnosis.

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    • Kel_MHB

      Would love to connect and hear your ideas about what resources (ie what format) might be helpful for you Alex. Always good to think practically about what helps others working lives.

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  3. Francoise R

    Kel I found the ED 3 day series you provided through Onlinevents excellent. As well as the personal sessions of course.

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    • Kel_MHB

      🙂

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  4. Leanne McPherson

    I find your blog ‘keeps me on the loop’ I’m currently a CYP counsellor but eventually I’d like to make ED a specialism. Taking part in the VOXED group gave me a small insight into how people are involved/experience this field.
    You’ve got to do what’s right for you/your family/business but I for one appreciate your efforts & insights greatly

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    • Kel_MHB

      Thanks Leanne. VOXED will continue to grow! It is currently on the ‘pause’ pile but more to come.

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  5. lorraine rooks

    Hi I am new to your site, and was directed to it by my supervisor when I had an ED client – I am a trainee counsellor – coming to the end of my training. I have formerly worked as a SW in an NHS eating disorder service. I am grateful for any information at this point, to inform my practice. I have not joined your YouTube channel but I will now go and find it. Thank you.

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    • Kel_MHB

      Thanks Lorraine.

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  6. Carlene

    You mentioned recently you might do a session on orthorexia- excellent idea. Also perhaps guiding us on where we should be applying political pressure

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    • Kel_MHB

      Fantastic. Thanks Carlene.

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  7. Anonymous

    I find Instagram my preferred choice for keeping up to date with the field of Eating Disorders. I tend to not read blogs or visit YouTube – In fact reading this blog has been an”off the cuff” action for me.

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