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 Layla of Bladder Help.

Layla at Bladder Help1. Tell us a little about yourself.
I am a 30-year-old Freelance Musician and Nutritional Therapy Student who has developed an interest in health after developing interstitial cystitis and IBS a few years ago. Having felt let down by my doctors I started reading a lot about nutrition, biology and the science around health and after a lot of trial and error managed to recover from IC without the help of modern medicine.

2. What is your blog called and how do you define your blog’s purpose?
My blog is called Bladder Help and its purpose is to provide science-backed information about chronic bladder conditions such as interstitial cystitis to help sufferers on their journey to recovery. I also want to share my own experiences and those of others who have recovered to give hope to sufferers.

3. How long have you been blogging and why did you start?
I have been blogging for 1 year now and I started because I decided I needed to put my knowledge to good use and also wanted to specialize in a specific area of health for my future professional endeavors. The blogging community has helped me a lot when I was really ill myself so my hope was to provide the same for others.

4. How often do you post? What made you decide to post on this schedule?
I try to post once a week. Since I am working and also studying and am trying to provide science-backed material I don’t have time for more posts. I think regularity is important for bloggers as potential followers usually like regular updates.

5. Do you feel blogging has benefitted you? If so, how?
Looking into the topic of bladder conditions in depth has given me a great deal of knowledge that can help me later as a healthcare professional.

6. Why do you feel it’s important to blog about chronic illness?
I think it’s important for chronic illness sufferers to know that they are not alone and to learn about other people’s experiences so that they can deal better and maybe even recover from their illness.

7. What are your top 3 blogging tips for other bloggers?
1. Make your blog look professional straight away.

2. Add adverts to your blog from the beginning.

3. Include a sign-up form straight away.

You may not want to blog professionally but, should your blog take off, it’s a good idea to have these tools available from the start.

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