Welcome to the first ever Bloggers Corner! Previously, I have showcased talented therapists and mental health professionals through the Therapists Corner posts every month, but this month I wanted to shake things up and also start interviewing some of the incredibly talented online bloggers I have had a the pleasure of meeting recently. Today I am excited to introduce Chelle from CoffeeHeartMind.com who writes about her own experiences of chronic illness through her lifestyle blog where she also highlights the talents of other bloggers in an interview series More recently she has also started a personal blog called Infinitely Chelle. Let's hear more about Chelle and her blogging adventures!
Q1. What first inspired you to start blogging?
I’ve always loved the idea of blogging. I’ve tried to before but couldn’t focus on it and give it the attention it deserved. Since I’ve been on medical leave for over a year, I realized that I now have the time to share my experiences. I wanted to share what it’s like to be a mama with multiple chronic illnesses. I wanted to inform others.
Q2. Tell us a bit about your blog, who your audience is, and your purpose for writing?
My blog is where I share all things parent and chronic illness related - mostly what it’s like being a mama with multiple chronic illnesses. I hope that with my blog that I can inform others that just because someone is okay on the outside, we never truly know the battles they face.
I wanted to start a community where we can all band together, feel safe and realize that even though we may feel like we battle things on our own - we are never alone. Someone out there has been through what we’re going through. Someone out there IS going through what we’re going through. If we are willing to share our experiences, we can possibly help each other out. Nothing worse than feeling alone. That’s why I started the 3 segments on my blog:
#FeatureFridays - since I can’t write about everything, I wanted to share other’s stories that may be of some benefit to my readers.
#BrighteningMyDarkestDays - I’ve had my dark days, and I know that when we’re in it, it seems like an impossible feat to get out of. So I wanted to share how I got out of mine, in hopes that others will join me in sharing their experiences and we can all help someone escape their darkest days.
#TheBloggerBehindTheBlog - I want to help others connect.
Q3. What’s your favourite blogging ‘tool’?
Canva by far! I’m no good in design and Canva makes it super easy to make graphics for the blog.
Q4. What helps you stay motivated and focused to keep up with the demands of blogging?
The idea that I’m helping someone out there is motivation enough. The comments that people leave help though - I’ve had comments where people have told me that they learned so much after reading my post. That my articles have been accepted and published in multiple sites (to me that means that besides liking it, they may even think that it’ll help someone).
Q5. How has your life changed since starting your blog?
The little goals that keep my blog afloat has helped with my depression. It’s not fully gone, no - but it has helped immensely. Feeling successful - in that I’ve achieved one little goal at a time and that I’ve helped at least one person - has slowly pulled me out of the dumps.
Q6. What is the best piece of advice you could give to someone who is considering starting their own blog?
I say just go for it! I “researched” all about blogging before I started, but that first leap was still scary! You’ll learn as you go! Jump in with both feet and reap the rewards!
Q7. What are your short-term (next few months) and long-term (1-3 years) goals for your blog?
Short term: to increase my loyal followers.
Long term: to have a go-to community for chronic illness bloggers, and to monetize my blog.
Chelle, thank you so much for sharing your passion and inspiration for blogging, and the obstacles you have overcome by dealing with chronic illness and depression at the same time. Your work is truly inspiring and we definitely share the same goal of wanting to help others who are dealing with health or mental health concerns, and to make sure they know they don't have to go through it alone.
Are you a blogger who wants to share your story about how you got started in the blogging world? Would you like to be featured on the Bloggers Corner? E-mail me or comment below for more information!
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