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!
Introduce yourself and your blog!
I’m Chloe but I’m better known as Nyxie to the online world. I’ve lived in a little place called Northern Ireland all my life. The furthest I’ve gone in regards to living quarters has been to the ‘big’ city during my final year of university. So, I’m not much of an adventurer. Now, I’m settled into life in the country with a cat on one side and my partner, Ryan, on the other. The blog is called Nyxie’s Nook and is inspired by my persistent need to talk about mental health and overall wellness.
Why did you start your blog?
I started my blog in order to document my journey through Anorexia Nervosa recovery. But what started out as an initial diary has grown to something I couldn’t even dream of in the months following its launch. My blog has not only helped me talk openly about my struggles, but it’s also helped me to inspire others. No longer primarily eating disorder focused, I also discuss other mental health issues, wellness and various self-care ideas.
How would you describe your blogging style?
This is a tough one. I’m really sure. I’d say my style is very open and honest. I’m candid and don’t beat around the bush. If I want to write something, I’ll write it and then stumble around trying to justify it later. I’m also very polished, and I’m not saying that to brag. It’s a curse if anything. Everything has to be perfect. If it’s not, you can bet I’m either putting that post off or, if it’s an old post, I’m ripping it down and trying again. I’ve unpublished, edited and rescheduled so many posts in order to bring them in line with the rest. It’s the best thing you can do with your blog, even if it’s just to tweak a line or two.
What is your favourite post that you’ve ever written and why?
My favourite post would have to be: 10 Things I Wish People Knew About My Mental Illness. It’s focused on Anorexia Nervosa, with hints of depression and anxiety. A lot of viewers seem to gravitate to that one as well which I’m very proud to see.
What’s the best piece of advice you’ve got to share about blogging?
It depends what you’re blogging for. If you’re blogging as a hobby or an outlet, then my best piece of advice is to be entirely honest and open. You don’t have to share it with Twitter or Facebook, you’re writing this for yourself and that’s all that matters. If you’re attempting to make a few pounds my advice is simple: You better be prepared to work. It’s not easy and often it’s hours of work scheduling, promoting, writing and researching. That being said, if I can do it so can you. Go self hosted, figure out a schedule (I post Monday & Friday) and plan out at least three months content. You don’t have to have it all written in a week, just make sure you have a clear plan to go by.
What is your favourite thing about yourself?
This is very, very hard question. As cliche as this sounds I love my eyes.They’re bright blue when I cry, gray when I wake up and a murky blue/green throughout the day.
What is your favourite self care activity?
A hot shower. Basic? Yes. Effective? Also yes.
What is your biggest achievement?
If you had asked me this a year ago it would have been‘Graduating and getting a job in health and safety.’ Now? I’m not sure. I would say building my blog from nothing to something in less than a year, but part of me doesn’t accept that as an achievement.
What photograph is guaranteed to make you smile?
Anything cat related if I’m perfectly honest. Or a nice picture of my late grandmother.
Who are your top three bloggers right now and why?
That Autistic Fit Chick has been there for me since day one of blogging. We met online and have since formed a close friendship. We talk everyday without fail and often bounce issues or ideas off each other.
Cara’s Corner, and I’m not just saying that because this is going up on her site. I’m saying that because she’s been through sh*t similar to mine, and I empathise completely. She’s an activist for mental health, she’s candid and not afraid to speak her mind, and despite it all, she’s still fighting.
Diffusing The Tension is another favourite of mine. Jen is not only a wonderful friend but also a wonderful writer. She touches on subjects similar to mine and manages to keep up with blogging while looking after her kids. If that isn’t multi-tasking, I don’t know what is!
If you could make a living solely from blogging, would you do it?
Yes. In fact I’m attempting to do so. Due to health conditions and the death of my grandfather (and later my grandmother), I left my job in June ‘19. I’ve been ‘unemployed’ ever since, but making enough to cover my mortgage since September this year through a variety of hustles, including the blog.
Thank you so much Chloe! Be sure to check her out on her socials.
Stay tuned for my round up of my Blogger’s of the Month in 2019!