Meet Abbie of Living With JHS!

Your name: Abbie Chandler
Name of your blog: Living with JHS
Blog social media accounts:
  • Bloglovin’: @abbiechandler96
  • Facebook: @livingwithjhs
  • Twitter: @livingwithjhs
  • Instagram: @livingwithjhs
  • Pinterest: @abbiechandler96
Meet Abbie #TheBloggerBehindTheBlog
Let’s get to know YOU:
Tell us a little bit about yourself (mini bio): (anything else you might want in this, let me know) To start, I’m awful at bio’s! I’m 20 years old, originally from Northumberland, UK. I suffer from an invisible, chronic illness called Joint Hypermobility Syndrome, and possibly Fibromyalgia, POTS and IBS. I love blogging, and everything about it, especially reading and getting to interact with other blogs/bloggers. I love travelling, most recently spending 4 months in America in 2016; I only wish I had more money to dedicate to it!
What do you do outside of blogging (think school or work): I am currently in my third and final year at York St John university, studying accounting and finance. Alongside this, I have a temporary job working as a finance assistant in a community centre. Actively looking for a graduate scheme/job to start in September.
What do you like to do on your down time? I am a part of a club called Young Farmer’s. Despite the name, I’m not a farmer. Although a lot of the members are, the club is essentially for socialising and meeting new people, with the occasional farming activity thrown in! There are many clubs all around the UK. I am also part of my local league darts team. Of course, this all depends on whether I have enough energy (or “spoons” for fellow chronic illness sufferers (comes from the spoon theory, as explained in one of my earlier blog posts).

Blog niche: Chronic illness blogger

What’s the purpose of your blog? To support others and raise awareness of chronic, invisible illnesses that are still suffering from lack of knowledge. I share my story about what it’s like to live with a chronic illness, in the hope that it can help others learn and cope.

Who’s your target? Those who are suffering with these types of conditions, families and friends of those, and anyone else who might be interested in these conditions.

What’s the best way for your audience to contact you? Through my Facebook, by email, or the contact form found on my site.

How would you describe your blogging style? Informational, while trying to bring a light-hearted, funny and, sometimes, sarcastic vibe.

When did you start blogging? February 2016. Coming up to my year anniversary.

What inspired you to start blogging? It was something that I had wanted to do for ages, but I just never really had the time, or really knew how. Finally, after regretting not starting earlier, I researched about it and finally for it set up. When I first diagnosed with my condition, there was very little information on it. There was more available when I started my blog, but I felt there still wasn’t enough, and nothing, to my knowledge, of what I hoped to offer. I just wanted to help other people understand what they were going through!

What’s the biggest change in your life since you started blogging? The number of people I interact with. I feel like I’ve got a whole other support community, away from my family and friends. It’s great. I talk to people from all over the World who, otherwise, I wouldn’t have come into contact with. Also, the number of people who message me thanking me for what I do and what a great thing it is that I’m doing has been inspiring!

Blogging goals:
  • Short term: I’ve recently revamped my blog and, part of that revamp, is to offer more regular content. I would also like to break down some of my earlier posts as, looking back, I feel some may be information overload to some people. My biggest short-term goal is interacting and following more bloggers. This is something I’ve neglected to do in the past and I really want to change that.
  • Long term: Continue finding new bloggers to follow and interact with. Continue to help others through sharing my story and musings. Possibly branch out with my blog, I have plenty content in the making if I was to go ahead. Start a travelling blog, to document my journeys, especially my America 2016 journey as there are a lot of family and friends interested in knowing about my trip. Biggest goal: Continue to grow the support page/community I’ve set up!

If you could start blogging all over again, what would you do differently? The changes I’ve made as part of my revamp: I’d have made them earlier. I’m quite happy with my blog now, so if there’s anything I’d do different, I can’t think of anything else right now!

How do you motivate yourself to continue blogging? Knowing I’m helping other people is all the motivation I need. That, and the fact that I love it!

What attributes has helped you become successful blogger? I’m not sure whether I would class myself as successful, but I think being able to being a light-hearted vibe to an informational blog really helps. Possibly the fact I’m so willing to support other people? I’m not sure.

How have you tried to increase your blog traffic? Which way has been the most successful? I only recently started doing this, because it wasn’t something I really thought about when I first started blogging. My aim then was to help anyone possible. It’s still my aim, but now I want to reach as many people as possible to help as many people as possible. My blog revamp is the main thing I’ve done to increase my blog traffic, and also creating separate social media accounts to my personal ones.

What’s your favourite social media platform and why? This is a tough question. I love each of them in their own way. Facebook because I’ve been able to create a facebook page and therefore a support community. Instagram and Pinterest because they’re so visual, while Pinterest adds the ability to create boards. Pinterest is something I’m still learning about but my love for it continues to grow. The only one I’m not really a fan of is bloglovin’ but that’s because I’m still getting used to it, and finding new people to follow.

Most of your traffic comes from which social media platform? Facebook 100%. Although recently, Instagram has been growing it’s traffic flow!

What’s your favourite blogging group on Facebook? I’m not really part of any blogging groups; something I’m definitely trying to change!

Do you have a freebie for your readers? If so, what is it? Do we need to subscribe to receive it? Not yet. Something I’m thinking about doing in the future.

What’s your greatest win so far with blogging? Learning about the number of people I’m inspiring and helping. Huge satisfaction.

What’s the biggest lesson you’ve so far with blogging? The value of having unique content. There are a lot of chronic illness bloggers out there now, where there wasn’t before, so making sure you bring a unique edge to your content to make your blog different and interesting. The use of social media platforms to advertise your blog to gain more followers.

Has blogging surprised you in any way? If so, how? Not that I can think of right now. Ooo, actually. The advice and support other bloggers are willing to give and the countries/places my blog has reached. The list continues to grow.

How often do you publish a post? Weekly. Every Monday morning. Sometimes I will publish a special (my one year blog anniversary will be an example).

Have you had writer’s block? If so, how did you overcome it? Yes. I took a step back and refreshed myself. All of sudden, I had all these ideas rushing into my mind and I had to start making a list. I think I’ve now got the next 2/3 months worth of post ideas!

Have you guest posted for someone?
  • For whom? Not yet
  • Blog URL: N/A.

Do you accept guest posts? If yes, tell us about it! Not yet.

Have you made money from blogging? If so, how? No.

How long had you been blogging before you made any money? N/A.

Who’s your favourite blogger before you started blogging and why? (Name and blog URL)  hadn’t really accessed many bloggers before I started mine.

Who’s your favourite blogger now and why? (Name and blog URL) No, no, no. I don’t like picking a favourite! AHH.

What type of blogs are you interested in reading and why? Beauty, lifestyle, travel, chronic illness. I love learning about other people, and I love all things beauty and travelling!

List the top 5 blogs you are reading currently: (Names and blog URLs)

Give advice to someone who wants to start blogging: PLAN, PLAN, PLAN. Oh, and edit. Major editing. Don’t babble and add in stuff that takes readers on a tangent. It can be good sometimes, but moderation is key.

Tell us one thing your readers don’t know about you: I am part Irish, and my family is HUGE. Spread all over the UK and the World.

Anything else you’d like to share with us? Go for it!!! 

Leave a message for your readers:
Thank you for all your support and inspiration. I hope this has helped you learn a lot more about me. As usual, don’t hesitate to contact me if there’s anything else you want to know! I LOVE YOU GUYS.


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