Wise Words Wednesday with Donna

Today we are welcoming Donna from Life and other Stories Blog to the seat to take part in our Wise Words Wednesday.

Every blogger that has taken part blogs for different reasons and Donna is no different. She shares her families adventures as well as their health conditions with such honesty that it really helps you get to know her and the family.

Over to Donna now!

Tell us a little bit about you & your blog:

My blog has, in fact, become a family blog with contributions from both myself and my children. The only one remaining to get involved is my husband!

It is about myself living with a single ventricle cardiac condition and Nathan and Cerys who both have cerebral palsy and are full time wheelchair users. It is about our adventures, insights and campaigns – a real combination! You will find us here.

What inspired you to start blogging?

I have always wanted to blog, especially when we have been having some exciting times in our lives, but when the kids were younger I just never found the time. Now they are older – Nathan is 22 and Cerys is 14 – and they have a team of Carers to help them be more independent I have finally found some time for me!

A charity, Little Hearts Matter, supporting parents of children with single ventricle conditions similar to mine asked me to write a blog about my life. When they published it via facebook it had 29,000 views in one night! So I decided to try to write more (it’s still not always easy to find the time) and the blog has gradually developed. If you would like to read that post you can find it here.

What has been your highlight of blogging?

When people have said our blog has helped them, given them hope. Several of the people who read my blog come from America and have read it because they either have a cardiac condition or have a child with a single ventricle cardiac condition. It is lovely when they say they are enjoying getting to know our family. Also when I started blogging I wasn’t sure anyone would read it so to have people living in a different country to myself commenting is amazing to me!

Another thrill for me has been watching Cerys getting involved and watching her develop and engage with writing. Here is one of her posts – https://lifeandotherstoriesblog.wordpress.com/2017/11/01/broomstick-making-at-brockhampton/

Is there anything you have learnt about blogging which you wish you knew when you started out?

That everything takes time to develop. At first it can seem like no one is reading, but gradually people will find out about you.

That the blogging community, in particular the SEND and CHD ones, are so supportive, and that I would make ‘online’ friends with many different people from different backgrounds.

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?

Well I don’t blog to earn money, so for me it has been the raising of awareness of the needs and ambitions of young people with cerebral palsy and other disabilities., https://lifeandotherstoriesblog.wordpress.com/2017/10/06/world-cp-day/

What would be your 1 tip you would give all new bloggers starting out?

Try to join a bloggers group, maybe on facebook, as you can pick up some great tips.

Who do you find inspiring to read/watch in the blogging world?

I enjoy reading Rachel George’s Ordinary Hopes and Louise George’s Little Hearts, Big Love both write about their families, also raising awareness of the realities of their lives. You can see my favourite blogs here.

Lastly – do you have any big plans/dreams for your blog in the next 12 months?

No, not especially. I think I shall just keep trying to become a better writer, and to connect with other bloggers. I would really like to be known as a ‘supportive’ blogger. At the end of the day, family will always come first and blogging has to fit in around them.

Wise Words Wednesday Donna

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