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 Alexa of Girl in Healing.
1. Tell us a little about yourself.
I earned a Bachelor’s degree in elementary education but this year I have been a nanny, which I love, and I have always babysat for work. Next month I am enrolling in the NTA’s online program to become a Nutritional Therapy Practitioner (NTP). I will have my certification in nine months and I am so excited to start helping others with chronic illnesses or nagging health problems to get on the path to health, naturally.
I love cooking and eating real foods. I love educating people through my blog! I am a huge bookworm. I read mostly fiction but I love self-improvement, historical, and health books as well. I crochet blankets and scarves. It is so relaxing and making them as gifts is so fun and rewarding. I hope to visit as many places in the world as I can!
2. What is your blog called and how do you define your blog’s purpose?
My blog is called Girl in Healing. My purpose is to be a place where those diagnosed with an autoimmune disease can find support and information on how to work towards improving their health and getting closer to living pain-free. They can find healthy Paleo recipes that are easy to make and free from foods that commonly hurt those with chronic illnesses.
3. How long have you been blogging and why did you start?
I started blogging in September 2015. I previously was very active on Instagram where I was posting my meal photos and connecting with others living a similar lifestyle. I wanted to extend my reach and expand the resources I was able to provide. My motivation was that when I was first diagnosed there was a lot of unknown and uncertainty, and I wished I had someone experienced in IBD to share tips and support.
4. How often do you post? What made you decide to post on this schedule?
I publish a new blog post once a week, usually, and I post on my social media channels every day, multiple times a day. I like the idea of posting one new great piece of content a week. Then, I promote my content on my social media mixed in with older posts and other people’s posts to provide variety.
5. Do you feel blogging has benefitted you? If so, how?
Absolutely. I have learned so much valuable information and gained so many virtual friendships over the years. I feel I truly know some people, and it is amazing to be able to directly connect with others who have the same condition and follow a healthy lifestyle. It also brings me joy every time someone asks for help, advice, or says they made a recipe of mine and loved it. Having a positive impact on other lives is so gratifying.
6. Why do you feel it’s important to blog about chronic illness?
The number one reason is for others living quietly can find support and information. It is also important to spread awareness and make sure people aren’t embarrassed about their chronic illnesses.
7. What are your top 3 blogging tips for other bloggers?
1. Connect with others in your niche and make friendships.
2. Support other bloggers. Share their content, make their recipes, comment on their photos and blog posts. They will return the favor and it will strengthen your relationship.
3. Make your blog look professional. To make it most appealing, I don’t recommend using too dark of colors, fonts that are hard to read, or unedited grammar.