Welcome to interview 2 of my ‘Meet the Blogger’ series!
1. Introduce Yourself & Your Blog!
2. How Did You Come Up With Your Blog Name?
I decided to just use my first name and middle name for my blog, as I’m very unoriginal! No, I actually really love both of my names, so I tend to use them for everything.
3. How Long Have You Been Blogging For & Why Did You Create Your Blog?
I have been blogging for over six months now, as I started in December 2017. In November, I had been diagnosed with Fibromyalgia and ME (Chronic Fatigue Syndrome) after about nine years of pain. I was also diagnosed with severe nerve damage in my stomach last year, caused by undiagnosed appendicitis, and a cyst on my ovary which should have been removed but wasn’t. When I got the last two diagnoses, I felt very alone and like I had been given a life sentence, and that was when I fell in love with writing again. As a child, I always used to write stories, and I have around 20 unfinished ones from when I was a teenager! Blogging is a perfect platform for me, as I can write as often as I need, and about whatever I want- I am not stuck in one particular genre or niche.
4. What’s Your Favourite Thing About Running A Blog?
I love that I have full control over what goes on my blog. When you’re chronically physically and mentally ill, it often feels like you have no control over any aspect of your life, but with blogging you do! I also love the incredible people that I have met because of blogging. For example, as a teenager, I didn’t know anybody else with Borderline Personality Disorder, or whom had suffered from childhood trauma. Now, thanks to blogging and Twitter, I have people I can message all of the time!
5. What Have You Learnt From Running A Blog? New Skills? Advice?
From running a blog, I have learned about how to engage with people more effectively. I am quite an introverted and anxious person in real life, but now that I want to run my own internet empire, I am a lot more confident online! Also, as a teenager, I struggled to commit to anything at all, and to be honest I still do. However, I have now been blogging for over six months, so it just goes to show that I can do it. It’s given me so much more faith and confidence in myself than I have ever had before.
6. What’s The Hardest Part Of Being A Blogger?
I would personally say that the hardest part of being a blogger is the amount of hard work you have to put in. People who don’t blog seem to assume that it’s as easy as just writing a post every now and then. In reality, you have to constantly promote your posts on social media in order to increase your audience, and you have to engage with other bloggers on social media and their blogs. I don’t really mind that part, as although some people in the blogging community can be nasty, I have had the pleasure of meeting some truly amazing ones. Another part of blogging which is difficult for me personally, is the graphics and artwork. I am absolutely horrendous with art, except when it comes to makeup!
7. If You Had To Give New Bloggers One Piece Of Advice, What Would It Be?
Think about what you are passionate enough about to keep on creating new and innovative content about. For me, beauty was the one thing that kept me sane, and the only thing I really had other than mental health and chronic illnesses. Also, make sure that you know what you’re doing with social media, and that you know how much hard work and time you are going to have to put in. And have fun! I know that that’s more than one, but I couldn’t help myself
Things Not to Say to Somebody With Borderline Personality Disorder is my favourite post I have ever written. It was the first post where I openly discussed my BPD and the challenges that I face on a daily basis. There is still nowhere near enough awareness of personality disorders and other lesser known mental illnesses, and I want to help change that on my blog.
Thank you for taking part Nicole!
Go and check out her blog and give her some love on social media!
Lots of Love,
*ALL PHOTOS ARE TAKEN FROM NICOLE’S INSTAGRAM, THEY ARE NOT MY PHOTOS*