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 Confessions of a Fibro Mama.
1. Tell us a little about yourself.
I have Fibromyalgia and am trying to do life as a mama as well as I can while fighting it!
2. What is your blog called and how do you define your blog’s purpose?
Confessions of a Fibro Mama: it’s the blog of a mama who is trying to live, love and be well while living with Fibromyalgia.
3. How long have you been blogging and why did you start?
Three years ago I became pregnant and needed an outlet to write through my experiences. I then realized I had things to share from my learning on the “front line”. My blog has evolved to a combination of a journal and tips and sharing my experiments. It’s really helped to write through my feelings on this journey.
4. How often do you post? What made you decide to post on this schedule?
At the moment, it’s once per week as I find it difficult to find the energy to use the computer to write, edit, get a picture etc. as my neck is a big problem for me. So I have to use my “neck computer allowance” for work.
5. Do you feel blogging has benefitted you? If so, how?
It’s helped me to work through my journey! I have managed to share and think through what I have learned and connected with some amazing people. I’ve always loved writing and now I have found my best outlet.
6. Why do you feel it’s important to blog about chronic illness?
To share the knowledge. I have struggled at every step to find sufficient information, particularly about pregnancy with Fibromyalgia. Creating awareness is also really important.
7. What are your top 3 blogging tips for other bloggers?
1. Just write (on Evernote, or wherever suits), even if you don’t have the energy to develop the idea now, it’s there to work on.
2. Break up the tasks into manageable portions.
3. Make a (flexible) plan for scheduling and posting to help you keep on top of everything.