Blogging 101- Day Four: Identify Your Audience

Today’s Assignment: publish a post you’d like your ideal audience member to read, and include a new-to-you element in it.


A little Haiku I wrote for the occasion: by Teresa Dean Smeigh 2015

Tigger or Eeyore,

Never know who it will be,

In control each day.

To my children,

I know our lives haven’t gone as you wished. Early in your lives you found out your mother had BiPolar Disorder. A mental disorder that you were too young to understand at that time. I didn’t even understand it at first. I was just a young child when it surfaced.

I lived this way all my life and it was a lot milder so you weren’t subjected to a lot of craziness you didn’t understand. I thank God that he waited until you were old enough before things started getting really messy and your understanding and help was needed.

I know you needed a mom who was there for you through thick and thin and I did my best to be that person. It wasn’t easy. I had to put aside the feelings inside of me, my dear children, in order to help you grow up and into productive adults. Unlike your mother who suffers constantly from Bipolar Disorder.

I feel that I wasted my life because I couldn’t cope with a regular life. I didn’t go for my dreams, too scared. I didn’t make you my priorities like some moms because I was taking care of myself. I was falling apart little by little.

I do my best to attend family get togethers even if I am not feeling up to it and would rather isolate in my bedroom. I love that you guys try to get me out of the house and into doing something with you and my well-loved grandchildren. Believe me I love you all even if sometimes it doesn’t seem that way since I am nurturing myself.

I know some of you do not understand mental health, but I also know that you love me and wouldn’t leave me to struggle alone if I needed up. You guys are there for me when needed.

And I want to make you a promise. I promise to never, ever try to take my life again. I saw the terrible hurt and pain in your faces and the tears and I can’t do that to you. I promise to seek help if ever I feel that way again.

Thank you very much for being my beloved children, I love each and everyone of you.


Your Mom (Teresa E Dean)




18 thoughts on “Blogging 101- Day Four: Identify Your Audience

    1. Tessa Post author

      Thank you. It was hard to write and to post. I know one of my children read it, but she didn’t say anything and no one else mentioned it and my son didn’t have access to it, but it came from my heart.

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    1. Tessa Post author

      Thank you so much Kevin. It came from deep inside. I know life with someone with BD is very difficult and I am the one suffering, but can see sort of their side of it and they were all young kids then.

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  2. Paul Falcone

    This is incredibly powerful and must have taken a lot of strength to write. You asked if I would life to feature it on Dear Hope over at and I WOULD LOVE TO. Thanks so much for joining our community, and I look forward to reading more from you.

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    1. Tessa Post author

      Thank you Paul for the acknowledgement and the kind words. It was hard to write, but I am learning that I have more strength than I realize. I am so glad that you wish to feature it. Thank you for allowing me to join your community.

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