The blogging journey can be a stressful one.
You have the initial start out period where you spend hours writing posts for hardly a single person to read them, then you gain a little traction and start to get likes and follows, then out of nowhere it goes quiet again and you start questioning everything you are doing – and so on, rinse and repeat.
However, my short journey has been made much easier by a few helpful fellow bloggers along the way, so I wanted to give them a shout out to say thank you.
As My Joints Turn by ‘Lolabellaquin’ is a great read from the viewpoint of someone living with arthritis. She has done some amazing work in the US arthritis community over a number of years and her writing and efforts to raise awareness has been a source of inspiration for me on this short blogging journey. Whether intentionally or not, I also seem to get an awful lot of traffic from her site and readers and it really helped me to get my blog off the ground in those early weeks. Check out her blog here.
Ami’s ‘Undercover Superhero’ – I don’t know where to start with Ami; she has been the font of all blogging knowledge, offered me advice when I didn’t know what I was doing, we’ve supported each other through tough times at all hours with our health challenges, she gave me my first opportunity writing a guest post for her site and the weird thing is, she lives in the same county as me – small world! Anyway, I can’t thank Ami enough and she’s always so keen to help when she’s been through a hell of a lot herself in recent times. Her story is incredible, check out her blog here.
You can view the Guest Post I wrote for Ami’s blog here: THE REALITY OF PAIN & PARENTING – WHEN THE HAPPIEST YEAR OF YOUR LIFE BECOMES THE HARDEST
Pollyanna Penguin’s RA Blog – Another blog that I have given a nod to in the past on this site but not the full-blown plug it deserves. ‘Pollyanna’s’ blog is always extremely informative and well-written and provides many informational and educational pieces behind the condition itself (as opposed to me just whining about the issues!). It’s been running for a number of years and she has a real wealth of knowledge on the subject. Check our Pollyanna’s blog here. (N.B Pollyanna is another blogger who I was communicating with for a number of weeks until a post about the same hospital I attend flagged to me how close to home she is – who knew there was so many health and disability bloggers in Norfolk, UK!?)
If you follow a blog or source of information that you think would be useful or relevant to the readers of my site, then drop a link in the comments and I’ll take a look. Useful sources of information is one of the areas I am looking to develop on this site over the next few months.