Welcome to a special Monday edition of Featured Writer Friday!!
The Feature Writer Friday posts have been a huge hit. And honestly, I’ve fallen a little behind on the posting schedule. To get caught back up, I added this special Monday edition. My next guest blogger is Heather and she writes at dinosaursdonkeysandms.com. Today, Heather will share her blogging experience and share a few blogging tips with you.
On to our featured writer!!
Hi! I’m Heather, a 27 year old actor, teacher, and MS Society Support Volunteer, who lives in England and was diagnosed with MS 2 years ago. At the time I was thinking I would love to start blogging as a way of expressing my thoughts and feelings but the whole blogging world seemed a bit scary and getting back into life became the priority. I then had another relapse towards the end of 2016, which caused me to be stuck at home for weeks with not much to do, the idea then came back to me and that’s how my blog got started. 🙂
1. How long have you been blogging?
I have been blogging for nearly a year and a half. 🙂
2. Are you a full-time blogger or do you also have another job/career?
I’m not a full-time blogger. I work as an actor and Drama/English teacher.
3. What got you started into blogging?
I mainly decided to start blogging as an outlet for my thoughts and feelings about living with MS. I’d always kept that side of my life very private and it was lovely to have somewhere where I could freely talk about it. I also wanted to connect with other people and hopefully help other people with MS.
4. What is your blog about and how does it help others?
My blog is about living with MS. I hope that my blog helps people living with chronic illness to feel less alone, as it can be very lonely at time. And also to hopefully brighten people’s day in some way. 🙂
I love donkeys and dinosaurs. I’m really not a fan of having photos taken of myself but I love photos, and I wanted to include some from my different MS adventures, so that’s why Dizzy found herself apart of my blog. Dizziness and vertigo are also the MS symptoms that I struggle with the most, and as my blog is about my life with MS, it seemed appropriate to call her Dizzy. That’s why my blog is called ‘Living with Dizzy’, as it represents both living with MS and donkey Dizzy. 🙂
5. What is working for you and your blog? Why?
The main thing that works for my blog is that Dizzy loves having her photo taken. 🙂 I also love chatting with other bloggers.
My podcast ‘Dizzycast’ is a new venture and is all about living with chronic illness. I’m really enjoying it as it gives me the chance to chat with other people with MS and hear about their experiences. Currently, it’s just on SoundCloud, I’m learning as I go and haven’t figured out how to get it on iTunes yet (I’ve imagined it’s simpler than I’m thinking it is though!). I’m always really happy to hear from people that would like to be involved, as there is a different guest each episode that comes on to talk about an issue that relates to this. There is then a second part where Jen, Robert and I discuss a certain topic. 🙂
6. What did not work out so well for your blog? Why?
There are probably lots of things that don’t work out so well for my blog, I just haven’t actually registered them!
7. What tool are you using that you can introduce my readers to?
I don’t use that many tools for blogging but I do really want to try out Grammarly. I keep seeing the adverts for it!
8. What piece of advice would you give to someone who is interested in starting a blog?
The advice I would give to someone who is interesting in starting a blog is just to go for it! The blogging community is so lovely and welcoming, and it’s a really fun thing to do! My other piece of advice would be to write about what you are passionate about and what makes you happy. 🙂
9. Where can everyone find you?
Extra bonus question
I am curious about Dizzy the Donkey, where did she come from?
Dizzy comes from the Donkey Sanctuary which is an amazing charity. 🙂 Their main site is in Sidmouth and they also have smaller ones all over the country. They also help donkeys all around the World. They do so much and you can find out all about it here: https://www.thedonkeysanctuary.org.uk/ Their donkey sanctuaries are open all year round to visitor’s and are amazing places to visit. 🙂
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