Each week we are highlighting a different Chronic Illness Bloggers’ member as our ‘Blogger of the Week‘. As well as getting to know each other better, we hope that you enjoy this series and that you find the interviews with each member to be insightful and helpful.
This week our blogger of the week is Jennifer of The Painfree Life.
1. Tell us a little about yourself.
I am a wife and mother of a beautiful little girl. I used to be a Nuclear Medicine Technologist before they eliminated my shift. I went back to school for my masters in training and performance improvement. Now I am a full time stay at home mom and I work part-time at home doing Web Development. Among many other things!
2. What is your blog called and how do you define your blog’s purpose?
The Painfree Life is a content rich website with inspiring stories, testimonials and helpful resources for individuals, families and friends that need support dealing with the challenges of a chronic illness.
3. How long have you been blogging and why did you start?
I started blogging about 2 years ago after I was introduced to the JBIT MedPro. After experiencing this “contraption” I was/am convinced that it can help most anyone who tries it. So, being the sceptic that I am, I wasn’t going to endorse something that I wasn’t using #1 and #2 it had to live up to all of its claims. So I started writing about my experience with it over a 6 week period. Since then, I have expanded my site to other chronic illnesses. I want to be the go to site for resources, tools, questions, and answers. I want to be living proof that your illness doesn’t have to define you!
4. How often do you post? What made you decide to post on this schedule?
I try to post weekly or if I have a guest contributor, then I post what they have written for me and link back to their site.
5. Do you feel blogging has benefitted you? If so, how?
Yes, it has introduced me to some amazingly strong women and men. The people I have connected with have helped me to know that I am not alone on this journey.
6. Why do you feel it’s important to blog about chronic illness?
The more people we can reach, the more awareness is out there. The more people we can help, support and love!
7. What are your top 3 blogging tips for other bloggers?
1. Be honest and sincere.
2. If posting other peoples’ work (with their permission), give them credit by posting a link to their site and maybe a short bio.
3. Google loves word counts upwards of 300. 700 would be better and 1200, you may get noticed by Google sooner. Don’t be afraid to add pictures.