This week’s Blogger Spotlight goes to a fab lady named Becca! She is a twenty-four-year-old blogger from Newcastle upon Tyne. She has been in the realm of creating content online since she was 18 but blogging was something that came along for her later. Below is the interview I had with Becca as well as her links to her social media and her blog.
Q1: What made you take the switch from being a YouTuber to doing blogging instead?
Back when I was 18-20, I made YouTube videos on dog training; like how to train tricks and clicker training. I got up to 800 subscribers and I was proud of it. As I left university and started working full time, I focused more on work and didn’t make any videos for 4 years. Since I’m currently unable to work at the moment because of illness, I wanted to get back into making videos and uploaded a couple. I saw on Twitter and Instagram that quite a lot of people wrote blogs, and genuinely just thought… why not? I like writing, I like creating, I have things I would like to share! I made my first post in June and since then things have gone pretty well I think, and I’m really enjoying it. Although, I do still upload videos, I’m definitely spending a lot more time on my blog. It’s probably 80% blogging and 20% YouTube! I now have about 655 subscribers on YouTube and not many followers on my blog, but I’m very happy with how many views I have on it, it’s still early days.
Q2: What is your favorite thing to blog about?
I want to blog about everything that I’m interested in and the things I’m passionate about. There’s quite a few so, my blog is going to have quite varied content, and I quite like that idea. Last August I was diagnosed with an incurable auto-immune disease called Ulcerative Colitis and my experience has been super up and down. I got pushed out of a job because of how difficult one employer was with it, and it all seemed to boil down to lack of understanding and awareness. I want to raise awareness and share my experiences on it to help others. I wrote a blog called “Living with Ulcerative Colitis” which has so far, been my most popular post. My other interests include dog training, gaming, lifestyle and beauty. So, it’s quite literally, a bit of everything. I want to promote positive, reward based training for dogs, since I’m heavily into dog agility and trick training. My “hobbies” around that are things I do every single day, and things I really enjoy talking about and spend a lot of time on, so it makes sense to include them – and that’s all things beauty and games. I’m a huge makeup enthusiast and I’ve been an avid gamer since I was a child. I’m just one big geek really!
Q3: How does your Ulcerative Colitis diagnosis affect your daily life?
Ulcerative Colitis is a horrible disease, it causes your immune system to attack itself inside your colon and intestines, making them swollen, inflamed, ulcerated and bleed. The main symptoms that I experience are extreme abdominal pain, urgency and frequency with the toilet, bleeding, chronic fatigue, joint inflammation, and it’s generally just a pain in the butt. I take around 6 different medications every day to try and control it, and I have endless hospital appointments, and now have a specialist consultant and nurse that I see every 6-8 weeks. I’m not currently working. I ended up on sick leave. My employer made life much harder than it needed to be, to the point where the stress and anxiety at work, made my illness so much more intense. I felt like I just had to leave that negative environment. I remember I was sick one day, she sent me home around dinner time and I took the next day off. I went back to work and was accused of faking my disease. That was the pinnacle which pushed my decision to leave. It also affects your mental health, so I struggle with depression and generalised anxiety disorder, which I’ve had therapy for and take medication for that as well. So those are some area’s I’ll likely address in my blog in the future.
Q4: What advice do you have for a blogger just starting out?
I would definitely recommend using Twitter, a lot. I got involved with comment swaps, follow trains, and used BloggersTribe, BBlogRT and NEBloggers (I’m in the North East). They were brilliant, when you hashtag them, they retweet you, and they’re often the ones hosting the comment swaps. I made sure I was reading other people’s blogs and staying active, replying to people, sharing their blogs to help them, and I found they in return wanted to help me. I think the community in general are super supportive, it’s amazing. I’m now in an Instagram group for comment and like swaps and I’m in a Twitter one as well. I think most of all, just enjoy what you’re writing, your passion shines through and people will like that.
Q5: What is one quote that inspires you, as a blogger, and why?
My favourite quote, probably of all time, is from The Imitation Game. It’s an amazing film, you must watch it if you haven’t already! “Sometimes it is the people no one imagines anything of who do the things that no one can imagine.”
Note from the Blogger:
The blog is going to be a bit of everything, so there should be something for any kind of person. I’m still new so I’m sure I’ll begin to find certain posts I really like making eventually 🙂
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