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!
If you are a blogger with an Instagram account, you will be very aware of the frustrating limit they have placed on us by allowing only one live link in our profiles. Because of the lack of live links on Instagram, many people are concerned about the removal of their Linktree functionality this week and are looking for alternatives to Linktree.
I love Instagram, it is probably my favourite social media platform, but I must admit that the one-link-only rule has been very frustrating over the years. In this post, though, I am going to show you how I have overcome this obstacle and gained more click-throughs to my blog without using another app.
I am so excited to share this news with you! I have been nominated for the 2018 WEGO Health Award in the Best In Show: Blog category!
I first heard about WEGO Health Awards last year when one of the lovely warriors I follow on Instagram was nominated for her advocacy efforts. I later joined them on Twitter for a few of their live chats too. I thought it was a great idea to give recognition to these chronic illness warriors who are not only battling their own illnesses, but continue to raise awareness and support the communities they serve.
I was certainly not expecting to ever be nominated for one myself! This is a huge honour and I am so very grateful.