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 Donna of Fed Up With Fatigue.

Donna Burch, Fed Up With Fatigue1. Tell us a little about yourself.
I’ve been a newspaper and magazine journalist for almost 20 years. In 2014, I was diagnosed with fibromyalgia after several years of unexplained symptoms. Following my diagnosis, I decided to launch FedUpwithFatigue.com, so I could use my journalism skills to help myself and others live better with fibromyalgia.

2. What is your blog called and how do you define your blog’s purpose?
FedUpwithFatigue.com provides news, research and practical tips for living better with fibromyalgia and ME/CFS.

3. How long have you been blogging and why did you start?
I started in spring 2015. After my diagnosis, I spent a great deal of time online researching possible treatments for fibro. It was pretty intimidating because there is A LOT of information out there, but it’s hard to decipher what’s trustworthy and what’s not. I had been writing about health-related topics for years as a freelance journalist, so it was a natural fit to channel those skills into writing about fibromyalgia and ME/CFS.

4. How often do you post? What made you decide to post on this schedule?
I try to post 1-2 times a week. I feel like it’s important to stay in front of my readers without overwhelming them. I try to focus on quality content over quantity.

5. Do you feel blogging has benefitted you? If so, how?
Definitely. I love helping others, but I also learn a lot from my readers and social media followers. Many of them have been living with fibromyalgia for years and years, so they have tried and done most everything. Learning has been a two-way street. I think it’s also made me a kinder, more compassionate person. My readers email and message me every week to share their stories. It’s a reminder to me that we are not alone in this. We are all on the same journey, even if our paths take us in different directions.

6. Why do you feel it’s important to blog about chronic illness?
I think fibromyalgia is greatly misunderstood. The average person doesn’t understand how debilitating it can be. Even those closest to us sometimes don’t realize the pain and other symptoms we’re living with day in and day out. I think it’s important for everyone with fibromyalgia to do his/her part in raising awareness. It is a serious condition and needs to be taken seriously!

7. What are your top 3 blogging tips for other bloggers?
1. If you don’t already have an email mailing list, start one. That’s the best way to grow your traffic over time.
2. Pinterest can be a great source of traffic.
3. Don’t just focus on your own blog posts; promote other sites, too, so you become a go-to source for your topic.

 

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