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 Danielle of Life of the Inappropriate Tachy Mummy.
1. Tell us a little about yourself.
I am 25 years old, I live with my husband and we have a 1 year old little boy called Kian. I’m completely obsessed with Disney; I have every book, dvd and teddy you can think of. I’m such a big child at heart, I love going on holiday, love the outdoors and reading. I will either be found out walking with Kian or snuggled up with a good book. I work in the hospital as a support worker in theatres but haven’t worked in what feels like forever due to my health.
2. What is your blog called and how do you define your blog’s purpose?
My blog is called Life of the Inappropriate Tachy Mummy. I gave it this name because I felt it summed up my heart condition pretty well. My heart’s always inappropriate but also, when I had Kian, it became more than a blog about chronic illness; it also became my place to write, share and offer advice to other mums. Some people could hate my writing because I am honest and I say what I think. Being a mum is rewarding, but at the same time it’s not always full of sunshine and roses and being a mum with a chronic illness makes the hard days even harder. Let’s get real, it’s no fun when your toddler has a complete meltdown at the hospital because you wouldn’t let them eat a crayon.
3. How long have you been blogging and why did you start?
I started blogging in 2013 a few days after my 2nd heart procedure failed. I found it a good way of coping and used it like a diary. But then– when I started to see people following it and reading– I realised how many were in the same situation as me. I not only find blogging a good way of coping with all the bad and hard times in my life, but through sharing my journey and all the useful tips I have learned over the years, I know I am helping others to feel less alone.
4. How often do you post? What made you decide to post on this schedule?
My goal is always to post once a week but it depends; sometimes I post more. I love writing as much as I love eating cake and would happily do it all the time if I could. However, it’s all about balance and I always put home commitments and my family first. But whenever I find a few seconds (or hours), whether it be on the bus or waiting on an appointment, I generate new ideas and draft it all down if I spot anything.
5. Do you feel blogging has benefitted you? If so, how?
Blogging has became my way of writing how I feel mentally. I felt in a bad place with my heart condition and putting it all down in writing feels like it lifts a huge weight. I also find looking back at old posts when times are difficult helps as it reminds me that things do get better. Blogging has also helped me connect with and meet lots of others with the same struggles. Without starting my blog I wouldn’t have been blessed and met people who know exactly how I feel and what am going through.
6. Why do you feel it’s important to blog about chronic illness?
To raise awareness, which is my main goal, but also to show people that– even with my bad heart having endless procedures that didn’t work and getting a pacemaker at 24– I still try and lead a normal life. It’s a huge part of my life and affects it a lot but I wouldn’t ever let it define me as a person. If I can help even just one person through my writing I feel like I have achieved something positive.
7. What are your top 3 blogging tips for other bloggers?
1. Don’t be disheartened when you first start blogging. Rome wasn’t built in a day and it takes time and a lot of hard work to get people interested in your blog. Just keep writing and over time you will notice your blog growing.
2. Think out of the box and don’t just blog about your life. No matter how interesting it is people can get bored of reading the same things. Think about your experiences in terms of how they can help others. If someone does something that inspires you write about it. One of my most viewed blog posts was a letter to the nurse who restored my faith when I didn’t have the strength. It was a simple act of washing my hair but that day that touched a special place in my heart so I blogged about it. No-one likes to see lots of negativity so limit negative posts.
3. Other social media is a fab way to show your blog off. Instagram is amazing for this and a simple quick picture with good light and filters and some hashtags is a fab way to draw people in. Also read and take time to view and comment on what other bloggers have written. Half the time they will always return the favour and check yours out. Most importantly just be yourself in your writing.