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 Amy of Little Miss Make Up.
1. Tell us a little about yourself.
I am 24 and suffer from EDS,POTS,MCAS, depression, anxiety, dyslexia, fibromyalgia, sleep disturbance and IBS. I am a qualified beauty specialist I don’t work I receive disability allowance. My blog is my hobby and I blog about beauty life and my illnesses.
2. What is your blog called and how do you define your blog’s purpose?
My blog is called Little Miss Make Up because I’m really small and I have a makeup addiction. I use my blog to review products that I get and to talk about my illnesses in order to raise awareness and as an outlet, as I find it therapeutic.
3. How long have you been blogging and why did you start?
I started in June 2016 because I needed a hobby and something I could do when I was having a flare or stuck in bed. I wanted to keep my mind active and share my beauty knowledge with the world while raising awareness and struggles of a chronic illness.
4. How often do you post? What made you decide to post on this schedule?
I post twice a week, occasionally more if I’m having a very bad week and have more to say. If I’m very very ill I will do one post. I have no reason as to why I do a certain amount of blog posts, it really depends on whether I have a new product to review and on how my illness has been.
5. Do you feel blogging has benefitted you? If so, how?
I feel more open and less inclined to stay home hiding my illnesses. I’m not afraid to be out with a swollen tummy from IBS or to use my crutches or walking stick. I’m not afraid of how I look or how people look at me. I feel like people understand me more.
6. Why do you feel it’s important to blog about chronic illness?
It helps to raise awareness and it helps other people to know that they aren’t alone and that others are ill too. Blogging also educates people about different illnesses and the signs and symptoms to look out for. Finally, it helps people realise that not all disabilities are visible and just because I might look ok, it doesn’t mean that I am.
7. What are your top 3 blogging tips for other bloggers?
1.Be honest and don’t hold back- I just say it how it is and give my honest views.
2. Blog frequently- always make sure you blog regularly. Whether that’s every week or once a month, you need to be consistent.
3. Add photos- I might look awful in photos but it shows my followers how bad someone with an illness can get.