Dear Brandon…


I was trying to think of a new article/blog post to write, but I wasn’t sure what might resonate with readers. I have a degree in psychology, which I don’t utilize in my current job (except when psychoanalyzing my coworkers and boss). I believe my poems and short stories connect with readers on an emotional level, but I want to be able to help people in other ways.

I thought of an advice-type column, sort of a “Dear Abby,” but maybe a little different. If I could get readers to write to me with an issue they are dealing with, I would use that as the subject for my blog post. I wouldn’t respond directly to their specific, personal problem, but address the subject in a more general sense, hoping that it would be relatable to a wider range of people.

I’m not claiming to be an expert on everything that individuals might be dealing with, and whatever I write will be my own opinion and not to be taken in place of a trained psychologist or mental health care professional. With that in mind, if you would like the opinion of an outsider, someone who can be more objective than maybe a friend or relative, this might be the venue for you to bounce off an idea or seek some friendly advice. I can’t and won’t promise the best solution, nor will I promise that I will definitely use your issue as the subject of my post, but if it is something that will be appealing to readers, I would love to see how it goes.

Since this is completely different than my usual posts, the other question is: Should I create an entirely separate blog for this series? Would it be appealing to my current readers or should I branch out to look for an entirely new audience? Now, I’ll be asking for your participation (don’t worry, it’s an easy task). I have only created one poll before, but this seems like a good opportunity to present another one. I think they’re fun, and I hope you do too. They will also help to gauge the interests of my readers.

*This is an invitation to adults only; no one under 18, please.

If you have a different suggestion I haven’t mentioned, feel free to leave a comment. Thanks for your participation!


Published by Brandon Ellrich

I live in Central Missouri and enjoy reading, writing, playing tennis, watching movies, and exploring creative outlets. I have a Bachelor of Science degree in psychology and I love to take my readers inside the minds of my characters.

7 thoughts on “Dear Brandon…

  1. Brandon,

    This new development sounds intriguing! It might be best for you to have a separate blog since, like you said, this one is more for your poetic muses. I, for one, would be curious to see how you utilize your psychology degree. 😁

    First question for you to possibly ponder literarily:

    Dear Brandon, How do you find your strengths, gifts, purpose, etc.—especially professionally—when most of your jobs have nothing to do with your degree and you’re losing confidence in yourself? How do you keep the imposter syndrome and doubts from nagging at your soul?

    ~Forever His Princess, Rulonda JaBrey


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  2. I think having a specific day on the blog you answer questions would be great. I’d suggest adding a new email account, something like askbrandonanything@ — so people know where to send their questions.

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