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 Marya of Chronic Mom Life.
1. Tell us a little about yourself.
I’m a native New Yorker still adjusting to the Florida lifestyle after 20 years. I’m a mom to four great kids ages 14-25. Our family has been dramatically impacted by chronic illness and disability. My kids’ health concerns include Down Syndrome, CHD, Neurofibromatosis, Scoliosis and Learning Disabilities. In 2010 I was diagnosed with Cervical Dystonia. This was the last thing I needed to happen to me as a special needs mom and it’s been a long, hard journey to become functional. By faith and sheer grit, we keep pushing forward. I’m a big fan of yoga and alternative healthcare to manage my symptoms.
2. What is your blog called and how do you define your blog’s purpose?
Chronic Mom Life – to share my experience, strength, and hope with other women who are struggling and to find peace and wholeness.
3. How long have you been blogging and why did you start?
I started my blog in 2013. It was originally supposed to be a special needs mom blog but the ideas and content just weren’t coming and I almost took it down. In May of this year, it dawned on me to start a chronic blog and just talk about the chronic/spoonie lifestyle.
4. How often do you post? What made you decide to post on this schedule?
Twice a week, if possible three. It’s important to keep adding content to establish blog authority and traffic but I also have to keep my chronic pain condition in mind. I’m thankful for my laptop on days that the upper back and neck pain from my condition are giving me a hard time.
5. Do you feel blogging has benefitted you? If so, how?
While I appreciate the chance to review things that can help and hopefully monetize as I grow, the best feeling is getting positive feedback that I’ve been able to help someone else not feel alone.
6. Why do you feel it’s important to blog about chronic illness?
Chronic illness is debilitating and isolating. It’s important to share our stories so that we can help others, which in turn blesses.
7. What are your top 3 blogging tips for other bloggers?
1. Buy your own domain name and hosting.
2. If you can’t afford a designer (and who can, starting out) stick with a clean design.
3. Check and recheck your writing and grammar.