I started this blog as a way to keep everyone updated with what was going on with me, and a way to keep up with writing – 80 posts and over a year later, it’s still here and so am I! I’ve talked about films and music and books, about holidays (dream or actual!), shared photos and accounts of day trips.
Much like Twitter, for me a lot of blogging is about the audience – am I writing for me? (Partly – I want to have a record of what I’ve done and seen, and I want to be able to keep up with writing and a blog is a good way to do that.) I also want to write for other people who are going through similar things, in the hope that they might recognise their own experiences here. Selfishly, I also wanted a platform to be able to tell everyone all at once what was happening, without having to explain it multiple times. I know people do read my posts because I have become obsessed with checking the blog stats! (I’m currently on just over 33000 views!) I’ve been able to explore some of my thoughts regarding accessibility, awareness and cancer, as well as share some hopefully not too scary links about symptoms, diagnosis etc.
Blogging is also a good way of venting! Essentially though, your blog is your own space – there are no ‘rules’, like posting a certain number of times or promoting it a certain day. Whether you get lots of traffic or it’s just you, it doesn’t really matter, and if you give up on it very quickly because it isn’t for you, that’s okay too. I’ve found it very helpful for me, and if you have a blog I hope you do too, but not everything works as intended and that’s okay!
As I mentioned in my last post, I’ve set up a fundraiser for my birthday, raising money for the Brain Tumour Charity. I’ve already made my target thanks to some very generous friends, but I’ll be keeping it up for a few weeks yet. The link is here:
If you’d like to get me something but don’t know what, or don’t want to add to my slightly over-the-top level of possessions, if you’re able to it would be hugely appreciated if you could make a donation to the Brain Tumour Charity. If you’d rather not donate via Facebook, you can also donate directly to the charity.