Blogger of the Month – August

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 my favourite people to follow!

This month is all about Zoe from No Light Without Darkness.

Introduce yourself and your blog!
Hi! I’m Zoe. I’m a 23 year old aspiring writer living in Scotland. My blog covers all things mental health, wellness, and self care.

Why did you start your blog?
I’ve suffered with anxiety and depression for as long as I can remember, and after finishing 11 months of counselling I decided it would be good for my long term recovery to find a healthy outlet for coping with my mental illness. I discovered my love for writing; and upon finding other mental health bloggers on Twitter, I realised my experiences could be used to help people in the same way those bloggers helped me.

How would you describe your blogging style?
My blog posts are very personal to me, so I try to ‘write with the door closed’ and not be afraid of vulnerability. I also post very sporadically, it’s not unusual to see me disappear for months at a time and then pop up with 3 blog posts in a week.

What is your favourite post that you’ve ever written and why?
I’ll Never Be Emily. I wrote this just for myself, months before I even thought about starting a blog. And I had to stop writing halfway through as I was crying so much. I let out so many suppressed emotions and memories I didn’t realise I’d held in for years, and once I’d finished writing the whole thing I felt like a weight had been lifted. It was just a piece of writing, but I never felt the same after that.

What’s the best piece of advice you’ve got to share about blogging?
Blog for yourself first. Blog about what you love, have a schedule that suits your lifestyle. Don’t bend and fold for the mass market if it doesn’t work for you. Some people blog for a living so I can understand playing the numbers game, but your passion will get people to subscribe and keep coming back for more. If your heart isn’t in it, your readers will pick up on it.

What is your favourite thing about yourself?
I’m always nervous about these questions! It’s not something I tend to think about, I think I can be very critical of myself. But I do like my sense of humour, and my ability to use humour to cope during tough times. My counsellor called it deflection, but I could make a joke out of anything to lighten the mood and laughter, for me, really is the best medicine.

What is your favourite self care activity?
Escapism is so therapeutic for me, and my favourite way to indulge in that is by playing a video game. Sometimes I want something relaxing, so I’ll sink half a day into The Sims. Sometimes I need to work through some anger, so I’ll speed run Left 4 Dead. If I want to do something more passive though, I’ll watch Rick and Morty for the 357th time. Again – laughter is the best medicine.

What is your biggest achievement?
My boyfriend and I moved from Oxford to Central Scotland last year with no jobs or anything lined up. It was so surreal packing boxes and seeing basically our entire lives in the back of a Ford Fiesta, and it was by far the scariest thing I’ve ever done. We’ve been here for 6 months now and while it hasn’t always been easy, I don’t regret it at all.

What photograph is guaranteed to make you smile?
Any photo of my dog is guaranteed to make me smile, but this one is my favourite. That’s my boyfriend, Ollie, holding Angus up to get a better look at the Kelpies, because as he put it, “Angus can’t see them from down there!”

Who are your top three bloggers right now and why?
I’ve always enjoyed reading Jenny in Neverland – she has so many helpful posts for bloggers and freelancers. The Anxious Lass has such a gorgeous professional looking blog and she’s so candid about mental health, I really drew a lot of inspiration from her for my own blog. I also like reading Uncustomary Housewife, there’s such a variety of posts to read and I have fallen down the rabbit hole on there before!

What is your favourite response to a post, either a specific person’s response or a general sort of response you might see from multiple readers?
When Time to Change shared one of my blog posts on their Facebook page. I don’t advertise on Facebook because it’s a whole different breed over there, and people tend to be much more rude and judgemental about touchy subjects such as mental health. I was relieved however when people were praising my honesty in the post and sharing their own personal stories. I was pleasantly surprised!

What question would you like to ask next month’s blogger?
If you could travel to any point in time, where would you go and why?

Thank you so much Zoe! Please check out her socials for some amazing content.

Stay tuned for September’s blogger of the month!

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Blogger of the month - August

2 comments

  1. I can relate to this bloggers answers a lot!! I also write sporadically and very openly. I try my best to keep a blogging schedule but it’s so hard not to just post 5 time in a day! Can’t wait to check this blogger out x

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