Living with an invisible illness is hard. Blogging is hard. But doing them both together can be life changing, therapeutic and a form of release from your pain and fatigue. When I first started blogging, I had no idea that it would turn into what it is; a community full of support and positivity, like-minded people raising awareness for our conditions and for me, a little corner on the internet where I can focus my albeit limited energy and get my thoughts and feelings out of my head.
This post is for anyone who is thinking about starting a blog and and needs a bit of a push, and also anyone who has already started a blog but doesn’t know if they should talk about their invisible illness! You can also read my blog post about how blogging has helped me!
8 Reasons Why You Should Start Blogging About Your Invisible Illness
1. Blogging is like free therapy
I started my blog to have an outlet, somewhere to get everything I was feeling out of my head. I was having CBT for my ME/CFS at the time and honestly, my blog was more helpful. This is by no way suggesting that blogging should be a substitute for actual therapy, but sometimes writing everything down can really help to organise your thoughts and help you see things more clearly. I often just write for the sake of writing, with no intention to actually press publish but the act of doing so can be so therapeutic and good for me. Often, when I feel particularly low, this is exactly what I do to get my spark back.
2. You can help raise awareness about your invisible illness
Possibly one of the most important and valuable reasons why you should start blogging about your invisible illness is because you can raise awareness! Instead of worrying that not enough is being done in terms of research, and educating Doctors about your condition, take control of it and start educating people yourself. Who better to talk about your condition, the you! In my opinion, there can never be too much awareness being raised, so don’t worry if there are other people raising awareness for your specific condition, there will always be a space for you. You can put your own spin on it, and create a trend for others to follow. For example, one of my favourite trends right now is the What you see vs What you don’t see that Ali Hemsley started. So many people have created their own version and it has done amazing in the chronic illness community!
3. The community is so supportive
Having an invisible illness often means isolated from the world, especially if you are house-bound or even bed-bound. I have been there myself and it is heartbreakingly lonely. But, starting a blog means you have access to this amazing, supportive and positive community online. You would be surprised at just how many people are in the same situation as you, and just as you might feel like there is no one who understands, you will find loads who do. Plus, a bonus is that being part of this community means there will always be someone to talk to, no matter what time of day it is!
4. You can HELP people who have an invisible illness
You have the potential to help other people feel less alone, to help them through their journey, to understand their pain and suffering. Sometimes, just seeing that someone else is going through the same thing is all you need to feel better about your own situation. Everyone with a chronic illness needs that support network, that reassurance that they’re not alone and you could provide that for someone.
5. It’s a hobby you can do from bed
Many people with invisible illnesses struggle the most with chronic fatigue and chronic pain, meaning that they can’t necessarily sit at a desk to blog. But that’s fine, because you can literally do it from anywhere! I often sit in bed writing out posts, or cosy up on the sofa to share my story on Instagram. There is no limit to blogging, it is not a job and so long as you have a phone, iPad/tablet or laptop, you are able to do it from anywhere you want, wherever is the most comfortable for you.
6. You could turn it into a potential side hustle
One of the great things about blogging is that there is no limit to how big it could get. You could keep it small if you want, have a really tight-knit community. But you could always grow it and work at expanding your community even further and possible starting a side business. Something that you can do from home, choose your own hours and be in control of how much you do. There is potential to make some money from your blog, depending on what your goal is, and so if you’re unable to work full time, or at all in some cases, this could be something to consider.
7. It gives you a PURPOSE
I always like to think that everything happens for a reason, and I like to think that I was given these invisible illnesses to help others. If I am blogging about my condition, it seems like there is a purpose for me having it. It also gives you something else to focus on in your life, other than just the pain you’re going through. It can help to take your mind off it and forget about it for a short time.
8. It’s FUN!
Lastly, in case I haven’t convinced you enough already, blogging can be so much fun. For me, it is a genuine hobby which I adore. Yes, I can take weeks, sometimes even months off when my personal life gets a bit too much. But I know it will always be there when I am ready to return, along with the community who will always welcome you back. Don’t miss the chance to create something truly special, that is just yours and yours alone.
It is never too late to start a blog, so if you’re thinking about it, and you’re still not sure whether to give it a go, just do it! If you hate it, you can stop, and if you love it, then there’s no regrets! I know it seems scary to share your journey with an invisible illness, but remember that you are in control. Only you can decide what to share and what to keep private. Blogging about your condition isn’t an open invitation to every detail about your life, you are in control of what you share.
I hope this has helped anyone who is on the fence, and if you do decide to start blogging about your invisible illness, please share a link to your blog in the comments below! Or, if you already have a blog, link your first post about your invisible illness below so I can check it out!
Until next time,