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!
Why did you start your blog?
I needed a way to express myself after an abusive relationship and started documenting my recovery. I had all these thoughts and feelings trapped inside and shame was one of the biggest things keeping me from speaking up. I met a friend at work called Billie Geena, who persuaded me to start blogging – she refuses to take any credit for it, but was a huge part of the journey. The more I wrote, the more important I realised it was to be having these conversations – and that by writing about my own struggles, I was giving others ‘permission’ to open up about their own.
How would you describe your blogging style?
Writing is an important outlet for me so I suppose my blog posts vary in style along with my feelings. I don’t plan ahead though, which probably holds me back a little to be honest. I fly by the seat of my pants. Sometimes I probably fly with no pants at all. Yeah, I like that. I’m gonna say that my blogging style is Commando Pilot.
What is your favourite post that you’ve ever written and why?
Hmm… I’m not sure I have a favourite. The letter I wrote to Stephen Fry had a pretty big impact on my reach, but that was in November 2017 and I’d be lying if I didn’t say I think my style of writing has changed since then. As someone who likes to learn and improve, I’m going to say that my favourite blog post is always my most recent.
What’s the best piece of advice you’ve got to share about blogging?
Resist the pressure of other bloggers who may try to tell you that there are ‘rules’ around blogging. There is no set schedule that suits everyone. There are no right or wrong ways to make money. There are no numbers that indicate success. There is just you, making content you care about and sharing it with your readers, they’ll appreciate your authenticity and the courage to be yourself.
What is your favourite thing about yourself?
What is your favourite self care activity?
Netflix and a takeaway, if I can afford it, but I also feel so much better after getting out of the house (even just a walk around the block with the dog works just fine!)
What is your biggest achievement?
Surviving. That’s no joke, there were times that I thought I wouldn’t make it. I think I’ve made the best of some pretty shitty situations. Whoever is dealing the cards in the game of my life is a bit of a sicko, but I’m learning to play with what I’ve been given. I’m proud of myself. Oh and I wrote a book. It’s called Don’t Be A Dick – it’s about self care and kindness and not being a massive tool. It’s available for pre-order, I think you’ll like it.
What photograph is guaranteed to make you smile?
There’s this one my boyfriend took on the Harry Potter Wizard’s Unite app. I can’t share it with you; he’d be mortified, but if you can picture a topless bearded man photographing himself with a weird filter that not only smooths his skin but also adds Harry Potter glasses and a Gryffindor scarf, then you’re pretty much living it. It’s very retro porno. It makes me literal LOL every time.
Who are your top three bloggers right now and why?
My favourite bloggers list is pages long, but I go through phases of binge reading a particular person’s work. Cara’s Corner has always been firmly at the top of my list, but seeing as you’re here already, I’ll try to recommend a couple of bloggers your might not have found yet.
(1) Sassy Wyatt of Thinking Out Loud – Sassy writes posts about disability, mental health and blindness. Her posts have taught me a lot, particularly about how to make my blog and social media as accessible as possible.
(2) Peter Shaw of pshaw192.wordpress.com – Peter is one of the most sincere voices of mental health. He is also a fierce supporter of women who have been victims of misogyny, assault and abuse.
(3) Nicole Eloise of nicoleeloise.wordpress.com – Nicole blogs about chronic illness, mental health and beauty products. She is very open about her struggles to leave the house and it’s refreshing to read posts from someone who is so honest about the good and bad.
What is your favourite word?
Sisu – it’s a Finnish word for grit, determination and stoic resilience. I have it tattooed on my wrist. My heritage is Finnish and the tattoo reminds me where I’ve come from, in more ways than one.
What question would you like to ask next months blogger?
If you could only recommend 1 book, which would it be?
Thank you so much Anneli – you must check out her blog and socials!
Stay tuned for next months blogger.