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 Brittany of A Southern Celiac.
1. Tell us a little about yourself.
I’m a writer, avid traveler, mom, and wife to an interpreter. I advocate for patients with rare diseases and patients with hyperemesis gravidarum. My Christian faith helps me through my challenges as a medical zebra.
2. What is your blog called and how do you define your blog’s purpose?
My blog is called A Southern Celiac. My blog’s purpose is to uplift and enlighten chronically ill parents, celiacs who want to travel, and anyone looking for a new adventure. My blog philosophy is “anyone can thrive”, so I share practical travel advice, parenting struggles, and more.
3. How long have you been blogging and why did you start?
I started blogging in 2014 after I had to quit college due to medical reasons. My mom runs a successful lifestyle and travel blog, and she also has my genetic disorder. She took me on as a co-blogger and encouraged me to find my own voice on A Southern Celiac.
4. How often do you post? What made you decide to post on this schedule?
I post on Monday, Wednesday, and Friday. I chose this schedule after a lot of trial and error. It works well for me: not too much posting for my health, and not so little posting that readers forget about me!
5. Do you feel blogging has benefitted you? If so, how?
Blogging has opened up a number of great friendships. I’ve found so many great people in the blogging communities I’m in! Blogging has also encouraged me to get outside my comfort zone. After all, if I’m not doing new things, I have no blog content!
6. Why do you feel it’s important to blog about chronic illness?
Blogging about chronic illness is important to me because it can help people not feel alone. Before I found the chronic illness community, I was lonely and full of questions. I’ve benefitted so much from other chronically ill bloggers, I feel like it’s my turn to contribute.
7. What are your top 3 blogging tips for other bloggers?
1. Find your own voice! If you try to write in a style that isn’t “you,” it’s going to sound stilted and weird. Don’t try to sound like anyone else. Figure out what you sound like and go from there.
2. Find your sweet spot. That is, find the number of posts a week that works for you and try to stick to it. Readers love a schedule, and a lot of us are a lot more productive if we have deadlines.
3. Use social media. There’s nothing more frustrating than when I find a blog I love and they’re not on Instagram, Facebook, or Twitter! Utilize social media to keep people interested and let people get to know you.