I am so excited for the year that lies ahead; something about new beginnings just really makes me happy. For me, 2019 was quite a difficult year health wise. It started off really well and then I think I overdid things in May with my very ambitious ME awareness campaigns and it totally wiped me out for the rest of the year. So I will try hard not to make the same mistake again this year.
I am honoured to have been nominated for the Chronically Hopeful Award! And no, I did not create this award, the name is just a happy coincedence, although I had actually been planning to create one for spoonie bloggers myself. But as you can see, fellow chronic illness warrior, Pamela from There Is Always Hope, beat me to it!
I am so glad there is now a peer-nominated award to recognise and acknowledge all the amazing chronically ill and disabled bloggers and advocates out there and I hope that through this award we will all get to discover new blogs as well as learn from and support each other. A big thank you to Pamela for setting it up.
I'm so honoured and grateful to be nominated once again for the WEGO Health Awards. Last year I was nominated for the Best In Show: Blog category, this year it's for the Best In Show: Facebook category for all my ME/CFS advocacy.
Being an advocate is hard work, especially when you have a severe chronic illness like Myalgic Encephalomyelitis. Patients are putting their own health on the line during advocacy campaigns, pushing their limits, trying to be consistent, to be heard, to be seen. They often pay for months afterwards in the form of deterioration and much pain.
Of course we do not raise awareness for personal recognition, but for the good of the community as a whole. Being recognised is still a great joy and reward. It lets patient leaders and advocates know that their efforts were seen and appreciated, especially if they have been isolated by their worsened condition in the aftermath of a busy awareness campaign. Things like this can lighten the load and lift our spirits.
If you're a blogger who uses Instagram to promote your content, then you will most likely be just as frustrated as I was about the one-link-only policy they have. Only the link in your profile is clickable and any links in your captions are completely static. For now. Hopefully they will change this in the future, but until then, I suggest using an Instagram landing page on your blog which will allow you to increase your active links on Instagram and get more click-throughs to your blog.
One of my favourite things about the blogging community are the seasonal tagging events. These blog tags are like a game of "20 Questions" and "Tag - You're It!" rolled into one.
You generally answer a bunch of themed questions or write a post based on a theme or prompt and then tag a few people to take part. It's a wonderful way to get to know each other better and a fun escape from the usual topics we write about. This one is all about Summer favourites!