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 Vikki of The Bandwagon.
1. Tell us a little about yourself.
I’m a Criminology graduate, with a passion for books and authors. I was diagnosed with Perthes Disease when I was 4 and am currently suffering from something as yet undiagnosed, but more than likely Fibromyalgia or Rheumatoid Arthritis. I have two cats who are the stars of my Instagram, and I’m currently working on a collection of short stories, which will be illustrated by my very talented friend, and hopefully published soon!
2. What is your blog called and how do you define your blog’s purpose?
‘The Bandwagon‘. It started as a book reviewing blog, featuring author interviews and various literary news, but it’s grown in the past year to include all things feminism and other contemporary issues, including chronic illness.
3. How long have you been blogging and why did you start?
I started blogging a few years ago. I wanted a safe space to be creative, to delve into my passion for literature and write. Writing is my release.
4. How often do you post? What made you decide to post on this schedule?
I try to post every week. This has been made easier since I took on a fantastic team of book reviewers, but it can be hard to keep up with things.
5. Do you feel blogging has benefitted you? If so, how?
It’s definitely helped me create a name for myself in the literary world. I can call many amazing authors and bloggers my friends, and I have a network of contacts at various publishers. It’s really helped me grow as a writer. And, since I started opening up about living with Perthes Disease and other chronic illnesses that have recently developed, I find the network really helpful and supportive. Being able to reach out to others who understand is so important.
6. Why do you feel it’s important to blog about chronic illness?
Nobody wants to feel like they’re alone. Writing about my experience, and reading about others, really helps you feel like you have a support network. And, for me, writing is a release. It means I get rid of all those negative thoughts.
7. What are your top 3 blogging tips for other bloggers?
1. Write what you know. Nobody loves chronic illnesses, but it’s a part of us, and telling our stories is so important.
2. Be realistic. Don’t push yourself to write and do more. Do what you can.
3. Reach out. Contact other bloggers and exchange experiences. Chronic illness can be extremely isolating; this is one way of breaking down that barrier.