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 Charlotte of MissCLX.
1. Tell us a little about yourself.
I’m Charlotte and I’m 25, single and living in the county of Cornwall in the UK. Writing is my ultimate passion. I originally started my blog as a form of therapy so that I could release some of the thoughts that had my mind going hundreds of miles an hour.
I have a list of chronic illnesses including epilepsy, M.E, and POTS, but they don’t define me. I love beauty, style, tattoos and YouTube (where I upload videos regularly).
2. What is your blog called and how do you define your blog’s purpose?
My blog is called MissCLX, which is based on my name (although originally it was called ‘Charlotte Says What??’). The purpose of which is to tell my personal chronic illness story, as well as to entertain. I like to think of my blog as raw and uncensored girl talk; the conversations you may have after a couple cocktails with no subjects of limits.
3. How long have you been blogging and why did you start?
I started blogging in 2014. I knew nothing about blogging or what I was doing and I never expected anyone to read it. It was more for myself than anything.
4. How often do you post? What made you decide to post on this schedule?
I try to post at least once a week, although this can vary. I also upload videos every other day but try to avoid posting both a video and blog post on the same day as each other.
5. Do you feel blogging has benefitted you? If so, how?
I feel like blogging has changed my life completely. I’ve gained so much self-confidence that I just didn’t have before. I’ve gained friends for life and learned so many things. Because of blogging, I was able to quit my previous job and follow my true passion, writing.
6. Why do you feel it’s important to blog about chronic illness?
To raise awareness. Chronic illness and invisible illness are often shunned from the spotlight in society. It’s important that we speak out, not only to let others know they aren’t alone but also to help medical professionals view the problems from a different perspective.
7. What are your top 3 blogging tips for other bloggers?
1. Write what you truly believe in.
2. Always be yourself.
3. Don’t compare yourself to others.