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 Emma of My EDS Journey.
1. Tell us a little about yourself.
I am 39 years old and was diagnosed with EDS Hypermobility and associated conditions in 2014. I live with my parents who are my main carers. I am pretty much housebound these days due to severe mobility problems. I am very creative and love designing things on the computer. I am also a singer and have lessons with a vocal coach but due to my health I am not able to do this much anymore and my dreams of making it professional are not going to happen.
I am very creative and love designing things on the computer. I am also a singer and have lessons with a vocal coach. But due to my health, I am not able to do this much anymore and my dreams of making it professional are not going to happen.
2. What is your blog called and how do you define your blog’s purpose?
My EDS Journey is about my personal journey living with EDS and associated conditions. I write posts on topics that are related to this that will help my readers. As well as diary extracts and general topics such as pacing, pain management, goal setting etc.
3. How long have you been blogging and why did you start?
A few months, I watched a program called the BIG C, where a girl blogged about her condition and this is where I got the idea from. I thought it would be a great way to communicate with others who are going through the same as me so we can share experiences.
4. How often do you post? What made you decide to post on this schedule?
Once a week. I feel this is about the right time to keep my readers interested and this is also manageable for me.
5. Do you feel blogging has benefitted you? If so, how?
Blogging has definitely benefitted me in a number of ways. It has given me something positive to achieve for, improved my writing skills, communicating with other people and knowing I am helping others.
6. Why do you feel it’s important to blog about chronic illness?
To raise awareness so that people gain a better understanding of what it is like living with a chronic condition. It also helps with coming to terms with the diagnosis. People blog about all different topics and why not blog about chronic illness.
7. What are your top 3 blogging tips for other bloggers?
1. Find a schedule that works for you and be realistic about this as it is a lot of work involved.
2. Come across as passionate about your topic.
3. Share, comment, and like other people’s blogs as this will help everyone.