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 Hannah of Sunshine and Spoons.

Hannah at Sunshine and Spoons1. Tell us a little about yourself.
I’m a mom of 4 little ones, age 9, 6, 4, and 2. Three of my children and I have Ehlers Danlos Syndrome along with some of the other medical conditions that commonly accompany EDS. I love to read, write, and sew. In addition to blogging and writing for a local newspaper, I own the Sunshine and Spoons Shop, an online clothing store. Many of my designs focus on various special needs.

2. What is your blog called and how do you define your blog’s purpose?
My blog is called Sunshine and Spoons, a name I chose because even though I’m a spoonie, my life can still have sunshine or happiness.

3. How long have you been blogging and why did you start?
I started blogging about 7 years ago as a hobby, but in April 2014, I closed my old blog and started Sunshine and Spoons. This was because I wanted to go in a different direction with it and wanted it to be more professional. My passion is raising awareness for special needs and chronic illnesses, but especially Ehlers Danlos Syndrome. My blog is a way to do that.

4. How often do you post? What made you decide to post on this schedule?
I generally post 1-2 times a week just to keep fresh content on my blog and keep my readers interested. Any more than that and I risk getting burned out.

5. Do you feel blogging has benefitted you? If so, how?
Blogging has benefitted me in so many ways. I have formed friendships with other bloggers and spoonies and have been able to help people get diagnosed with EDS. I thoroughly enjoy writing and doing so has helped me deal with my family’s EDS diagnoses.

6. Why do you feel it’s important to blog about chronic illness?
To raise awareness for chronic illness and to support other spoonies.

7. What are your top 3 blogging tips for other bloggers?
1. Network, network, network! Reach out to other bloggers, share your expertise with them, and let them share theirs with you.

2. Engage with your readers. They’re more likely to stick around if they know they’re talking to someone real who cares about them.

3. Don’t give up if you don’t see results right away. It takes time to build a blog.

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