Friday, January 27, 2006

Bipolar Web Site Idea

Looking for input here.

In my opinion, the web resources for bipolar disorder are not good. Some sites have great information, but are not professional in terms of design, and thus the content is not taken as seriously as it could be.

I can build a professional site (not like my blog...), and believe that with good input can put together an excellent resource. RSS feeds for blogs (available through Blogger, but not sure about all services,) which will show your most current blog posts, and drive additional traffic to individual blogs and web rings. Discussion forums, perhaps chat rooms, comprehensive links for resources, book reviews (if people submit them), current news feeds, and so forth.

If handled the right way, it would not pull traffic away from existing sites, but rather consolidate the resources and information to increase traffic to those sites.

First, is this something that is really needed? Or at the least something that would be used? Are the resources that currently exist sufficient? Do we really need one more? It would take a significant amount of time to build and maintain such a site. It might pull in a minor amount of advertising income, but would really be a labor of love. So if not seen as necessary or would not be used, there's no sense in putting the time into it.

Looking for honest and candid input, pro and con. If you don't think it would be used, or not a good idea, don't be afraid to shoot down the idea. Don't hesitate to leave anonymous comments for this one, you won't offend me.

7 comments:

Nilla said...

You are right- most sites out there are (a) crap (b) confusing (c) conflicting with each other and (d) offering advice that is WRONG. The one I like is WebMD for stuff like this. Having a "Bi-Polar Info" site sounds pretty good, but I think that there are some out there already? Name it "Up and Down Site" or something :)

jane said...

I'd never even thought of this but now that you've mentioned it, I think it sounds like a good idea. The only website I'm aware of is Pendulum.org & I don't believe it's real user friendly.
I may be mistaken, but I think what you're talking about is something like a hub for blogs, chat forums, things like that?
I think in the sense of medicine alone this has huge possibilities. When I'm on a new medicine or thinking of one, I trust other bipolar people, not the medical profession.
I'm ignorant when it comes to knowing what to put on these sites, or how, it's brains like yours that know this stuff like the back of your hand.
If you don't get all the feedback you want & want me to put a post on my blog & refer them here, I'll be happy to.

Jon said...

It will take me a while, but I'm working on it. Currently I cross-post my blog to livingbipolar.com, but I think I'll use this domain for the new site.

Don't expect anything soon, keep in mind my bipolar gives me big thoughts and dreams, but little in the way of motivation to finish them. But I'll keep going on this one.

ariadnek said...

I agree as above, the concept sounds worthy of pursuing!

If there's anything I can help you out with, please give me a shout. :-)

The Queen said...

Jon- I LOVE this idea. If there is anything I cand o to help let me know. I am not that great at web building, but I could help research and locate info if needed:)

Jacqui said...

Jon - that is a great idea!

So many sites don't offer the amount of information we need or are difficult to maneuver through when looking for specific information.

A one-stop location for everything we desire/need -- perfect!

BipolarPrincess said...

I know of quite a few but the only one I find helpful is one by someone who has a family member with bipolar. It is the only one who lists news stories pertaining to bipolar, such as bipolar people in the news. The rest seem to only talk about meds, and I agree with Jane, I want to hear about it from someone who takes the medication. I have some web sites that might be helpful, let me know if you want them.