I truly believe one of the most important parts of blogging is supporting other bloggers.
With that in mind, I’ve started a monthly series where I will feature a different blogger each time so you can all get to know some of favourite people to follow!
This month is all about One More Light LB.
Introduce yourself and your blog!
I’m L / Lisa and I blog over at OneMoreLightLB! I write mainly about mental health, and travel.
I’m Scottish, in my mid twenties and absolutely love music!
Why did you start your blog?
I started my blog almost by accident; the death of Linkin Park frontman Chester Bennington hit me really hard – he was my hero and he got me through some really difficult times when my mental health was bad. To lose him the way we did felt to me like the loss of hope and I floundered a little in the immediate aftermath. In January (2018), I finally managed to sit and watch the Memorial Concert held in his honour, and afterwards I wrote about what the hashtag #MakeChesterProud meant to me, and posted it on a fan forum site. The feedback was amazing, so I did something I had wanted to do for a while and entered it for submission on The Mighty. When it was published, Anna Shinoda tweeted about it and it was one of the most emotional experiences of my life. People tweeted that it made them cry, they thanked me for writing it and they wrote about how it made them feel less alone. It was then that I decided I wanted to write about my mental health, and I started my blog in summer 2018 to do just that.
How would you describe your blogging style?
I guess my posts are generally quite emotional? I tend to write when I feel like I want or need to say something, or when I feel ready to share something and as a result the end product is usually quite personal and full of my own emotion. My travel posts are obviously less so, and I try to keep them upbeat!
What is your favourite post that you’ve ever written and why?
Most of my posts mean a lot to me for different reasons, so that is a tough one. If I had to choose, I would say it’s the post The Night My Life Didn’t End. The content of that post is something I rarely talk about even in my “real” life so it was a really big deal for me to write and share it. Obviously the posts about Chester mean a lot to me too, but this is the most personal one, written only about me and for my blog.
What’s the best piece of advice you’ve got to share about blogging?
As cliché as it sounds, it is simply to be yourself. It shines through if you’re being genuine and that’s how you get to interact with people who are genuinely interested in what you have to say. Also, reciprocate that interest; it’s not a competition, we all have voices and stories we are passionate about so engage with people as much as you can.
What is your favourite thing about yourself?
Oooft…can I skip this one haha? If I had to choose, I would say I’m quite loyal and always willing to stand up to people for my friends.
What is your favourite self care activity?
Probably a bubble bath (I know, I know) with some prosecco. Self care isn’t all pampering – generally it’s going to a gym class or going to bed early for me – but if you’re asking my favourite then I just don’t think you can beat a good bath!
What is your biggest achievement?
Either graduating top of my class at university or having Anna Shinoda tweet about my article. It’s a straight split!
What photograph is guaranteed to make you smile?
Pretty much any photo of my dog!
Who are your top three bloggers right now and why?
1. The wonderful host of this blog, Cara, because she is someone who has inspired me since I started blogging, and back then if you told me she would ever even notice I existed I probably would’ve laughed.
2. Beth Anne over at My Name is Beth Anne constantly blows me away with her content, it’s so candid and raw, but she somehow works a bit of humour or wit into her posts despite the emotional nature of the topics!
3. Nicole Carman at Navigating Darkness because not only is her content great, she also puts a LOT of work in behind the scenes to bring mental health bloggers together, to support them and to organise different series of posts.
What question would you like to ask next month’s blogger?
If you could collaborate with any celebrity on any subject, who / what would it be and why?
Thank you so much Lisa – I highly recommend her blog to everybody, she’s an incredibly talented writer and her content is excellent.
Stay tuned to find out February’s blogger!