BLOGGER POWR : Anxiously, me

Sunday, 10 September 2017

Another chat day, another BLOGGER POWR post! Today we are joined by the lovely lady behind the blog Hope you enjoy reading the answers to the questions! 

Blogging and me! 

- How would you describe your blog in a few words?
Hi there! I would describe my blog as a place where those with mental health issues can come to without fear of judgement and find posts that really relate to them.

- Which blogpost, that you have uploaded, is your favourite?
I think it would have to be the Self-Care Q&A that I created. I devised a survey of ten questions to ask my followers as a way of interacting with/making new blogger friends and to find out how they practice self-care as I find it’s necessary to look after yourself - particularly when mental health issues are getting in the way. 

- How long have you been blogging?
I had the first version of this blog for 7 years (according to Tumblr where it started) but I’ve had different blogs over the last 13 years or so. I hadn’t really posted on the Tumblr account in years, though, so I decided to move to Blogger and have been here since April of this year (2017). I’ve only recently started updating it regularly (since the end of June), though.

- What's your favourite part of blogging?
It has to be making new friends. I’ve made so many in the short time that I created my Twitter account for it (April 2017) and everyone has been really supportive.

- What is your blogging method? (E.g. do you take photos before writing up your post?) 
I don’t have many images on my blog as I blog anonymously so someone might recognise any pictures I take at home/in my village and that would detract from it being anonymous. I like to do polls on Twitter to see what my friends/followers want me to write about and I always write down ideas/plans for blogs in my notebook.

- What advice do you give to new bloggers to stand out in the crowd?
Find out what is unique about your blog and stick with it. If it changes over time, that’s fine, but really stick with the phrase “what can I offer that isn’t already out there?” Don’t be a carbon copy of another blogger/blog; post original ideas and really listen to what your followers want to see/ get from blog posts as they are the ones who will drive up your views. Speak to established bloggers and ask for their advice. Also; don’t get into blogging just for freebies or to become popular. It takes real work and dedication; nothing comes for free.

- What are your favourite blog posts to create?
I like posting the responses to my self-care q&a and I really enjoy sharing my experiences to do with having severe anxiety, depression & the other traits that come with them (OCD, agoraphobia etc) as I’ve been told that they have helped my friends/followers not feel so alone. Posts like the latter really just flow out of my finger tips.

About me: 

- How would you describe yourself in 3 words?
I would describe myself as caring, empathetic and sincere. 

- What is your favourite thing to do to relax? 
I like to just chill out with some YouTube videos, listen to music or read. I love to sing too. 

- Name 3 things you couldn't live without!
As cheesy as it sounds; I couldn’t live without my parents. They have supported me throughout my whole diagnosis stage and have really been instrumental in helping me to feel safe when anxiety leaves me unable to feel so. I also couldn’t live without my iPod (major panic the other day when I needed it as a distraction technique and it wouldn’t work!) and the ability to read/write as it keeps me sane.

- Do you have any bad habits?
I could be seen as some as being pessimistic but I like to say I’m a realist (I guess anxiety & depression are good for something). That leaves me being unable to say “yes” to a lot of opportunities so the bad habit lies in me letting myself miss out. I’m a perfectionist which is just a recipe for disaster. I bite my nails when I’m anxious and I bounce my foot/knee a lot (anxiety trait) which not only annoys others but annoys me too.

- What has been your proudest moment so far?
It has to be the response I had from those who wanted to take part in my q & a. It’s such a foreign concept to me to have people who want to interact and be a part of something I have created, and the sheer volume of people wanting to take part really blew me away. 

- What do you like to do in your spare time?
As I said previously, I like to chill out with some YouTube time and I like to learn songs in different languages. I write a lot for my blog but I also enjoy writing fictional stories which I publish online on a site completely unrelated to my blog. 

- What are your future aspirations in life?
Honestly? I just want to get to the point where I like myself and don’t feel guilty for having illnesses that make me unable to get a job so I can be a “functioning and contributing part of society”. It would also be really nice to be a published author and to see my books in shops. I also want to be a guest on a couple of podcasts that I frequently listen to.

- Name three things that never fail to make you smile.
We have family friends who have a young daughter and her smile/laugh is so infectious that you can’t help but feel happy when you interact with her/see her learning how to do things we take for granted like being able to walk. My brother’s girlfriend has a cat that I got rather attached to when they used to live with us and he’s always up for a cuddle/headbutts when I’m feeling down. Again, good music/YouTube content makes me smile too.  

- Confession time! What is your most embarrassing moment?
Where do I begin? I've had the usual "waving-to-someone-who-was-waving-at-someone-behind-me" kind of embarrassment but one incident that really sticks out, and I've never told anyone this before, involves riding a bike and wearing a skirt. I think you can guess where I'm going with this one! Not only did it remove said skirt but it also may have taken my underwear with it...Thankfully no one else was around in the street but there were plenty of open windows with the curtain open so who knows who saw!

We want to give a big thanks for 'Anxiously, me' getting involved with today's interview. We loved reading her answers! Make sure you give her a follow on Twitter to stay up to date with her brilliant blog full of advice and tips for dealing with anxiety. Please show her some love, its a brilliant thing she is doing! 

Until next time, 

1 comment:

  1. Thanks again for considering me for this & letting me take part!


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