What blogging is like for me (Part 2)

When I started this series a few weeks back, I created it with the intentions that it’d start discussions in the blogosphere.

The series is all about sharing what life is like behind the scenes for some bloggers, and how they overcome their struggles to create the content that you read and see.

Chloe

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Tell us a bit about you…

I am Chloe, a 21 year old blogger who has just graduated from University in the UK. I like to blog about my experiences as a student, fashion and beauty, but also sometimes about my mental health and strategies that can be used to aid it, such as mindfulness.

Explain why blogging is different for you…

I think blogging is different for me because I sometimes find it difficult to find the motivation to post when I am having a really “low” phase with my mental health. To counter this, I try to always make sure I have backup posts ready, and sometimes I’ll speak about what I am thinking and how I am feeling, although I like to think of my blog as being a positive place for me to return to, so I keep this at bay a little bit.

How has it made blogging harder?

Definitely yes, but I think it has made it easier in the sense that I have more to talk about, and it has become progressively easier for me to write about as I gradually become more open.

Chloe’s details:

Blog: https://www.chloexlizabeth.com/

Twitter: https://twitter.com/chloexlizabeth

Instagram: http://instagram.com/chloexlizabethx


Ray

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Tell us a bit about you…

My name is Ray and I’m a professional musician (but also a photographer/artist/writer). I graduated my Masters and teaching diploma from the Royal Academy of Music on Violin in 2015. I now freelance in Sussex and London, both performing and teaching.

I started blogging this year to share my story of living with Crohn’s Disease to help raise awareness, support others with the condition and share the lifestyle that goes with it (diet, wellbeing, home life etc).

I love writing, and thought it is time to put it to some good use!

Explain why blogging is different for you…

Blogging about my own Chronic illness was difficult at first. It may seem quite specific to health blogs, but there are so many possibilities and avenues to explore as Crohn’s is part of my life, although I don’t let it rule who I am. I just have to fit it into my schedule.

It differ to some extent due to the fact it includes personal stories, but is similar when I discuss topics relating to my interests (interiors, fashion, music, art etc).

There isn’t a lot in the way of pictures and photographs to include when discussing Crohn’s specifically (that’d be strange), but when discussing diet for example, I included photos of my weekly smoothies or something I was using to make me feel good.

I thought it would be quite challenging to think of topics every single week, but they just keeping rolling out of my head as it is usually related to my week. I have recently branched out into occasional product review posts as well (then again they are also related to my wellbeing!).

How has it made blogging harder?

At first it did make the whole idea of blogging much harder, one because you never know who would be interested in reading a personal story from a complete stranger and two, because these are very personal accounts of things that I have been through; painful experiences both mentally and physically, but revisiting them through writing has actually felt like a weight lifted. It was really worth the initial struggle to get started.

 

Ray’s details:

Blog: http://rayboxcrohnsvlog.blogspot.com/

Twitter: https://twitter.com/TheCrohnsVlog

YouTube: https://www.youtube.com/channel/UCg3l16Z4bePME6gikCu4m_A


How amazing are Chloe and Ray?

When I started blogging, my focus was sharing my personal story. We talk so much about the benefits of sharing your story with your readers for your readers, but we tend to forget how it positively impacts us.

Like Chloe said about her mental health struggles. We may talk about how little motivation we have when we’re feeling low, but having a backup can really allow us to have the space we need to self-care.

I’ve done it myself. I’ve written posts weeks in advance before, so when I was having a bad day, I could upload one of my pre-written posts. We need to look after ourselves when we blog. Blogging takes time. It takes a lot of effort. If we have a day where we’re busting out posts left right and centre, why shouldn’t we produce as much content as we can?

Ray said it himself, “but revisiting them through writing has actually felt like a weight lifted”. Life can be tough. Life can be exhausting. Blogging can really help when life is tough.

When I’ve been through my own battles, it’s been hard to open up about them, but writing has given me a platform to learn about my feelings and how the battles can help others.

I truly love creating posts like this, because I have so much respect for people who want to share their stories. Sharing your story can be tough, so Chloe and Ray, thank you so much for being so open and sharing part of your story with my readers.


If you’d like to share your story…

Please do get in touch. We can help so many people with these blog posts, and with everything that has been said in this post and the first post (you can read it here), people are creating discussions and having the confidence to open up.

Use the contact form to get in touch.

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3 thoughts on “What blogging is like for me (Part 2)

  1. Love these two! I think blogging can make experiences feel more valid somehow. Like, you’ve put pen to paper (metaphorically) and now these ideas are a real thing.

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