Happy Wednesday and welcome back to our latest Wise Words Wednesday. Today we are welcoming Bethany to the blog to share her blogging journey.
Her blog is full of honest posts on her life with her illnesses, she lets you see life through her eyes and the daily battles she may face. For someone so young, she is incredibly brave and honest to share it all with her readers.
Tell us a little bit about you & your blog:
My name is Bethany, I’m 19 and from England. I started my blog December 2017 when I thought to myself ‘People need to know’, I know, and odd thing to say to yourself. I’ll take you back in time, March 2017 I was diagnosed with Raynauds (circulation problems so I often turn white and purple) then in October I was diagnosed with Erythromelalgia (more circulation problems so I also turn red and swell) with Low blood pressure and a future of knowing more Hospital appointments, blood tests and not knowing what’s around the corner for the rest of my life.
It was because of this that I thought to myself where do I find encouragement ..? To know I’m not alone ..? I’ll be honest I was a total clutz when looking for what works best for a blog, it was kind of an on the spot thing (I’m like that you see, when I get a thought it my head, I just have to do it, but then get in a mood when I can’t). This was the start of Young, Sick and Invisible.
I only have Facebook for my blog which is https://www.facebook.com/YoungSickAndInvisible/ feel free to pop over and take a gander.
What inspired you to start blogging?
I got really stuck when creating my first blog post so had to think back, what inspired me in the first place to start my blog. My illnesses, that was the ultimate reason as to why I’m doing this, the thought that I have these for life, with no known cure, nor may there ever be, no awareness and to be honest very rare (1 in 100,000) and not even many Doctors knowing the cause. I did this so that others out there, who have no one to talk to, had someone, so that they don’t feel alone, they gain strength to fight each day and overcome battles many couldn’t face.
What has been your highlight of blogging?
The highlight of blogging for me would be the positivity it brings, the people who message me on a daily basis or comment on my blog posts on how it has helped them personally. With weekly testimonials from people who also suffer from chronic illnesses whether that be mentally or physically.
Is there anything you have learnt about blogging which you wish you knew when you started out?
I have learnt about all of the hard work and dedication blogging brings, which I never knew before. When I started out blogging I was doing a blog a day, it became so tedious that I was getting bored, running out of content. Until I spoke to a few bloggers, they told me to space them out, let people wait and they’ll enjoy your blogs more. I wish I knew this before because at least then the blog would be neat and tidy (I have OCD so with the dates not being perfect it ticks me off lol)
Bloggers sometimes get a lot of stick however many work really hard and are reaping the rewards, what has been the most rewarding part of blogging for you?
The most rewarding part of blogging would be the joy it brings to others. I’m not paying for my blog so all that I get is free, I started it with the thought it might not get anywhere, but as long as it helps one person I’d be over the moon. I don’t want to ever pay for my blog, I don’t want advertisements or stuff like that as that’s not what I had in mind for my blog in the first place and the future. I do however have a lot of respect for people who are full time bloggers and that’s their source of income, it takes a lot of work and time, so kudos to them.
What would be your 1 tip you would give all new bloggers starting out?
My tip would be to never give up on your dreams, I know lots of people say that, but seriously, if you dream about one day being a mainstream blogger, even a part time blogger, or a hobby blogger. You had a reason as to why you started in the first place, carry that with you Day by day, make your blog original, make it so that your voice shines through. Don’t worry thought if you get writers block, take your time, never rush a blog, it has to come from the heart.
Who do you find inspiring to read/watch in the blogging world?
I haven’t as of yet found someone who inspires me in the blogging world. I do however get inspired by quotes, I live for great quotes. (I am a sucker for famous vloggers to brighten up my day)
Lastly – do you have any big plans/dreams for your blog in the next 12 months?
My only plan within the next year is that I’m still blogging, as any blogger would. I hope that it grows, and as it grows it helps many. My only dream is that someone reads my blog and it helps them gain strength within themselves, whether that be a person with or without a chronic illness.