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 Melissa of Fibro Warriors Living Life.
1. Tell us a little about yourself.
I am a working married mom with Fibromyalgia and 19 “evil sidekicks”. I consider myself a Fibro Warrior~Living Life. I have been sick with various symptoms most of my life but I have been fully fibrofied for the past 7 years. I have a post-positive, educational facebook page with over 16,000 followers that I created 3 years ago named Fibro Warriors~Living Life. I am a member of LAPAN of the National Fibromyalgia and Chronic Pain Association. I have participated in the Washington DC TAP Conference, am a leader of an online support group, a co-leader of an in-person support group. I have been writing for ProHealth since June 2015. I began selling clothes with my logo on it this past December on ZAZZLE because of so many requests. Writing has always been my passion. I did not show my writing to many people for fear of rejection. Once I became sick, I decided to live like my trademark the dragonfly. Live life to the fullest in the short amount of time.
2. What is your blog called and how do you define your blog’s purpose?
Fibro Warriors Living Life. My blog’s purpose is to bring awareness, education and help living with Fibromyalgia and the “evil sidekicks”.
3. How long have you been blogging and why did you start?
I have been blogging for 6+ years. I started blogging because I needed a way to express what I was going through and I wanted a record of it for my daughter. It did not take long for me to find that I was not only helping myself but others felt the same way that I did. I love the fact that what I write can help others if only one.
4. How often do you post? What made you decide to post on this schedule?
I post on my Facebook multiple times. I post blogs 2-3 a month. I just changed over to wordpress.org (self-hosted WordPress). I am setting up many of the new apps that I have found on this site to help with my Twitter, FB, Blog etc so that I can write more often.
5. Do you feel blogging has benefitted you? If so, how?
It has given me a way to fight back at my illness. I have found a family. I would not be a ‘Leader Against Pain’ with the National Fibromyalgia and Chronic Pain Association if I had not started blogging. I met my Mentor Celeste Cooper and someone who has help support me in my writing. I wrote and edited for the Australian Emag; Living with Fibromyalgia and I have been a writer with ProHealth since June 2015. I am using my words to help myself and others.
6. Why do you feel it’s important to blog about chronic illness?
We are not being heard. We need to help others understand their illnesses and to learn how to be their own voice and advocate. I want for others to know they are not alone and that their are available treatments for them.
7. What are your top 3 blogging tips for other bloggers?
1. Decide who your audience is going to be. Find your niche. Sharing a common interest.
2. Deliver great content.
3. Use social media to help build your following. Connect with other bloggers, write for other blogs.