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 Norman of Men With Fibromyalgia.
1. Tell us a little about yourself.
Fibromyalgia, Chronic Pain, CFS/ME, patient and Patient Chronic Illness Blogger, BOD and Program Director at #SupportFibro. Actor, Model, and disabled USMC Veteran
2. What is your blog called and how do you define your blog’s purpose?
Men With Fibromyalgia. Supporting men and raising awareness that Fibromyalgia is not just a Woman’s disease. Supporting men and their families in this fight because it matters!
3. How long have you been blogging and why did you start?
2014, started my own personal pain journal, titled for fun menwithfibromyalgia… within 48 hrs had so much support from other Men that the website and blog were officially formed… never intended on being a known blogger.
4. How often do you post? What made you decide to post on this schedule?
Once every 2 to 4 weeks. I want to write more often, but in working with the Chronic Illness Bloggers, and the International Support Fibromyalgia Network, I am not putting out as much content as I would like. However, both these side projects have helped us get to where we are today, and in the long run will help us bring a lot more content and research to bare on Fibromyalgia!
5. Do you feel blogging has benefitted you? If so, how?
Blogging for me has shown how big of a support network is out there, that many are unaware of! It also gives me a place to focus my studies, as well as vent my personal frustrations and get advice for dealing with this disease.
6. Why do you feel it’s important to blog about chronic illness?
If not us then whom? When MenWithFibromyalgia.com got started there were a couple of Facebook groups… and 1 website. Everything else was based on and run by women. Now I have nothing against women, heck I was born by one and married one. But with Fibromyalgia being widely seen as a woman’s disease, when the Mayo Clinic says it is a 60-40 split between women and men, I knew something had to be said.
7. What are your top 3 blogging tips for other bloggers?
1: Blog about what you love! If it is not genuine your readers will know.
2: FACT CHECK! I have seen many blogs out there, who do not check their information against a reliable source. Check and recheck your facts. Provide useful information to your followers.
3: Social media… Yeah I know with so many sites out there pick 2 to start with… say Facebook and twitter. But whatever you pick, interact with them. Answer questions, ask them questions, like their responses…. remember if you are blogging your social media and blog followers are who YOU ARE responsible to.