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 Diane of Spoonie Living.
1. Tell us a little about yourself.
I’m a big ol’ nerd with a lot of passions. I studied foreign languages with computer science on the side in college and now work in the tech industry doing customer support and content moderation. Outside of my blogging interests, I’m into comics, intersectional feminism, ethical non-monogamy, and–of course–cats. On the spoonie side of things, I’ve got POTS, chronic fatigue, SIBO, and plenty of chronic pain going on. The pain started in college, but my illness didn’t really kick in until a year or so after I started working. I probably have EDS-H, but you know how these things go… 🙂
2. What is your blog called and how do you define your blog’s purpose?
My blog is called Spoonie Living! It’s a play on Martha Stewart living, and its purpose (despite the somewhat frivolous name) is to provide quality resources for folks with chronic illnesses and disabilities, without fillers like memes and personal posts. My goal is for each post to provide something useful to the reader.
3. How long have you been blogging and why did you start?
I started a personal blog back in college to talk through some things I was going through. I was never serious, though, until my chronic illnesses kicked in for real and I found myself home sick from work and needing an outlet. I had recently gotten involved in the spoonie community, but I was frustrated that it was so difficult to find decent resources and information; other blogs felt cluttered with the kind of filler I mentioned above. So, I did what I always do, and decided to make it happen.
4. How often do you post? What made you decide to post on this schedule?
Spoonie Living posts daily! This is only possible because the bulk of what I post is resources from other websites and blogs. I do throw in original content here and there, though, in the form of answering reader questions, reviewing products, and resources I’ve created myself.
5. Do you feel blogging has benefitted you? If so, how?
Absolutely! In looking for resources for others, I find resources for myself, which is a darned good perk. I also love having a positive impact on folks’ lives, and it seems like Spoonie Living has been doing that. I really do feel that my work has begun to fill the void I saw back when I started blogging, and that’s super fulfilling to me.
6. Why do you feel it’s important to blog about chronic illness?
Because resources and chronically ill voices are still so hard to find! It seems like we’re in the middle of a pretty big surge in the spoonie community, though, and I’m excited to see folks putting pen to paper (so to speak) and changing that.
7. What are your top 3 blogging tips for other bloggers?
Pick a topic and format that you’re really passionate about, take full advantage of social media, and pay some mind to the quality of your website and your content.