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 Sarah of Sarah Frison, HC.
1. Tell us a little about yourself.
Hi everyone, I’m Sarah! I’m a health coach and trained pastry chef. I was diagnosed with gastroparesis after several years of being ill and I even had to drop out of school. I worked hard on my own to keep my health up to where I wasn’t malnourished but I wasn’t doing great either.
I found my own health coach (Crystal Saltrelli) around the same time I first heard of this thing called gastroparesis. I was diagnosed shortly after and working with Crystal helped me loads. Thanks to working with her and seeing how much she helped people, I decided to apply to a health coaching program myself. I was accepted and that changed my life even more.
Applying the things I learned at The Institute for Integrative Nutrition, I was able to improve the quality of my life so much. I started to work with clients one-on-one during my training and I had more testing, diagnosing me with dysautonomia/POTS. I went on medication for the POTS and started to get regular IV saline. Both of those things made my life even better.
2. What is your blog called and how do you define your blog’s purpose?
I blog under my own name (Sarah Frison, HC), mostly because I never came up with a decent name. I want to use my blog to help others get that same improved quality of life. It’s a great platform to reach people who are interested in taking it further and working with me one-on-one or in a group setting. I hope it also reaches those who can’t afford to hire me quite yet and gives them small things they can do something with.
3. How long have you been blogging and why did you start?
I launched my website in 2015 and I started writing articles a bit before so that I had a couple of posts lined up when I launched. I started my blog to provide free information for others with chronic conditions so they can improve their lives from their couch in their pajamas, for free.
4. How often do you post? What made you decide to post on this schedule?
I haven’t been able to stick to a schedule, unfortunately. For part of the year, I posted once a week/twice a month. It was a great schedule but it wasn’t doable once I had to recover from surgery and a couple of flares. At the moment, I’m going back to two articles a month.
5. Do you feel blogging has benefitted you? If so, how?
I’ve met some great people blogging and through taking different blogging and online business courses. I’ve now got many people I can ask chronic illness/business related things. Also, it’s pretty cool to know people all over the world!
6. Why do you feel it’s important to blog about chronic illness?
I enjoy sharing my tips and things I’ve learned over the years. I also feel it’s important for me to speak up about disability topics. There are still way too few facilities/options for us (not to mention all the awkwardness when you’re looking at accessibility information for events online and there are only options for bringing one person. Hey, I might just come to your event with more than one person and would like to see them during the visit!).
7. What are your top 3 blogging tips for other bloggers?
1. Use a platform that works for you. I think WordPress is great if you’ve only got a blog page. I moved to Squarespace when I wanted a homepage and a better-looking site. I personally find it much easier to use. I spent so much time trying to figure out how to change things in WordPress and still didn’t manage to make everything look the way I wanted.
2. Try to write several posts before you launch your blog, even if you don’t publish them yet. It’s quite nice to have one or two backup posts to use once the blogging honeymoon wears off (and it does).
3. Post consistently. I need to take my own advice here, I was iller than average throughout 2016 combined with my benefits trial and that’s seriously killed my posting schedule. Posting every week/every two weeks/etc. helps people to expect new posts from you and helps them remember you.