Your name: Jodie Barber
Name of your blog: It’s Yet Another Blogger
Blog URL: itsyab.wordpress.com
Blog social media handles: I tend to just use my own social media platforms.
- Bloglovin’: @itsyab
- Facebook: @jnb201
- Twitter: N/A
- Instagram: @jnb201
- Pinterest: @jnb201
Let’s get to know YOU:
Tell us a little bit about yourself (mini bio): Let’s see, well I’m 21 years old and living in the North East of England. I’ve moved around quite a bit and I actually hold Dual Citizenship as I was born in Alberta, Canada due to a Military upbringing however moved to the UK around the age of 3-4 years old. I currently suffer from several forms of Chronic Illnesses including Rheumatoid Arthritis, Fibromyalgia, Joint Hypermobility, Recurrent Patellar Dislocations, Chronic Myofascial Pain and several blood disorders which go hand in hand with the listed illnesses. Along with this I also have a variety of allergies but that doesn’t stop me from travelling & smelling the roses!
What do you do outside of blogging (think school or work): Well, I’m a University of Sunderland graduate, with a BA Hons in Business & Management and English Studies, class of 2016. Since graduating I’ve been working as a HR administrator in the care industry in order to develop my expertise in this area of business. I’m currently awaiting to start my MSc Global Human Resources Management Master’s Degree at the University of Newcastle in September 2017.
What do you like to do on your down time? Other than working and prepping for University, I am really pretty boring; I enjoy going to the gym to improve my health & wellbeing, catching up with my friends, travelling, experiencing new thing and learning new skills. Adding another string to my bow I believe is the saying. Along with that, I follow a variety of different bloggers and TV series so I do enjoy getting myself all cocooned & comfy on the couch and catching up on the above.
Blog niche: Chronic/Invisible Illness Blogger
What’s the purpose of your blog? My blog is a place for me to express myself. My views, opinions and struggles. But it also I place I can share with others. A place for them to express their views, exchange comments, experiences, advice and just connect. My blog is a place for everyone to just express whatever they want, listen & learn from others who are doing the same. A place to share & grow.
Who’s your target? I don’t necessarily have a specific target, I just want to share my story with everyone. I am definitely all about spreading awareness for Invisible/Chronic and Rare illnesses as I feel that they are something that are not advertised all that well and many people are unsure or even unaware they exist and to what extent.
What’s the best way for your audience to contact you? On any of the social media platforms I shared above. I’m pretty easy to get hold of, alternatively you can just drop me an email which is provided in my WordPress Blogs ‘About’ section.
How would you describe your blogging style? Oh goodness, I don’t know if I have a style, I pretty much just like to write how I would talk, like there is no point in writing like one of my academic papers.. I’m bored even just thinking of that. No, I like to write naturally so to speak, but of course when I’m talking about serious topics or topics I’m not all that familiar with, I do like to try and be a bit more informative.
When did you start blogging? I can happily say I started blogging back in July 2015, I still cannot get over that it’s almost been two years. It feels like only last week I joined WordPress and started building a network of friends. Probably one of the best decisions I’ve ever made was to start blogging.
What inspired you to start blogging? That’s actually a very hard question to answer. I suppose the thought process of starting a blog would have been based on the fact I had a lot to say but no one really to say it to (without harassing my friends constantly that is). You see I was going into my final year of University, I was raising money for charity, my illnesses had begun to progress and initially I just wanted to get my frustrations out! But it all started when my partner and I decided to raise money for Macmillan Cancer Research and shave our heads. Macmillan has been so good to both of our families and we wanted to both raise awareness of their amazing work and give back as much as we could.
From there I spent a lot of time doing two things: finding my feet/my own style of blogging and building a strong network, reading other people’s stories and realizing that this was definitely a great platform to be a part of.
What’s the biggest change in your life since you started blogging? There have been two huge changes in my life I would say. The first one was coming to that fantastic realization that there are so many unique people out there, all willing to share their storied and connect with you. Whether you have everything in comment or nothing in comment, they just want to learn, expand their understanding and connect, just like I did. This opened me up to a huge network of friends worldwide, which is a big deal in itself. But the second thing was me. Just by writing down my feelings/views and listening & reading about other people’s views and comments I learned a lot about myself and have managed to develop into what I would say is a better version of myself. I plan to keep on going to become the best version of me I possibly can.
Blogging goals: To continue to connect, build a network & spread awareness.
- Short term: Start a more affecting guest blogger series.
- Long term: The same as my initial goal I suppose, I just want to spread awareness and grow my connections. I want to teach & learn about as much as I can.
If you could start blogging all over again, what would you do differently? Nothing. If I changed anything, I may not have the fantastic blogging network I have today and I do love all of my connections on all social media platforms. I’m happy with the way I have found my feet in the blogging world, trials & errors all. It is what has made my blog mine. I’m not perfect and my blog is aimed to be a reflection of myself.
How do you motivate yourself to continue blogging? It’s not really motivation I lack but time or energy. I’ve always got something to say so I haven’t lost motivation yet. There just sometimes aren’t enough hours in the day.
What attributes has helped you become successful blogger? I don’t know if I have one single attribute that’s helped me, or if what I’m about to say even classes as an attribute but just my life experience in general. All of the good things, all of the bad things, this have molded me into the person I am today and every experience, positive o negative has helped me develop as both a blogger and a person.
How have you tried to increase your blog traffic? Which way has been the most successful?. I’ve recently started to connect and promote my blog on different platforms including Facebook, Instagram and Chronic Illness Websites such as The Mighty in order to expand my network but I’m not too bother about the quantity of people who view my blog but the quality of them.
What’s your favourite social media platform and why? All are fantastic in their own rights. Instagram for pictures, Facebook for its vast and various forms of connecting & sharing, Pinterest for its boards to create collection of various things all under one spot, of course WordPress & other blog platforms for just being a wonderful on diary to put it in basic terms. They are all fantastic, but Facebook is what I use the most personally.
Most of your traffic comes from which social media platform? Mainly WordPress, however I’ve recently started to connect and promote my blog on different platforms including Facebook, Instagram and Chronic Illness Websites such as The Mighty.
What’s your favourite blogging group on Facebook? I don’t like the word Favorite as, like I keep repeating I enjoy a variety of different networks and hearing what people have to say. However, basing it on personal views towards Chronic/Invisible Illnesses and promoting awareness I do enjoy reading and connecting with The Might and Chronic Illness Bloggers over Facebook
Do you have a freebie for your readers? If so, what is it? Do we need to subscribe to receive it? No, but perhaps something I could look into.
What’s your greatest win so far with blogging? Apart from growing a network of fabulous friends, definitely the self-development achieved through the whole experience of starting my blog right up until this moment.
What’s the biggest lesson you’ve learned so far with blogging? To be myself, I’m not trying to impress anyone nor am I writing an academic piece. I have learned to be myself and make my blog a reflection of me. I’ve basically learned to accept myself as I am, which is a wonderful feeling.
Has blogging surprised you in any way? If so, how? The commitment and devotion from fellow bloggers is unlike anything I could have ever imagined. Getting comments and gestured from all around the globe because they have read what I have written is just unlike anything I have ever experienced. That said, it’s also I fantastic feeling to being to click a button and give that same feeling & support to someone else.
How often do you publish a post? I try to publish a post at least once a week but ideally more, even if they are just picture collages of what I’ve been up to for the past few days. I post a Monthly Blog Schedule in the last Tuesday of each month to show what I will be blogging when for the upcoming month.
Have you had writer’s block? If so, how did you overcome it? Yes and no. With me trying to write as ‘normal’ as possible I’m the kind of person who will go “hmm, I wonder what to write about today? I know, I’ll write about not knowing what to write about – writers block”. But so far my brain is bursting with things to say so I am not too worried.. yet.
Do you have a blogging schedule? Daily theme? Please share! Like I mentioned above, the last Tuesday in each month I post blog schedule for the upcoming month so that you can see what I am going to write, however any guest posts will be extra and appear at random so stay sharp!
Have you guest posted for someone? I’ve not guest posted for anyone specifically however some of the fellow blogging community have been kind enough to share my work. If you view my blog you will be able to find the shared posts and a shout out the blogger for sharing it for me.
Do you accept guest posts? If yes, tell us about it! I do indeed, I’m really very open on my blog. If you have something you want to share and feel it would go well on my blog then I would be more than happy, honored even for you to share that with me and publish your work through my blog! All you got to do is get in contact.
Have you made money from blogging? If so, how? No.
Who’s your favourite blogger now and why? (Name and blog URL) I don’t have a favorite, I enjoy reading a variety of different blogs all of which cover different subject areas. My favorite part of this however is learning. I enjoy to absorb everything like a big ol’ sponge.
What type of blogs are you interested in reading and why? All kinds of blog, as I said about I love to learn, to expand my knowledge and understanding in a variety of different topics/subject areas.
Give advice to someone who wants to start blogging: Find your own Style and don’t worry how long it takes. I know when I started I was looking through loads of different blogs, seeing what their styles were, what layout they used etc. in order to build mine into something majestic. Why? That’s not you. Find what you like and build it how you want it, don’t be another sheep guided by a shepherd. Make it an extension of yourself. The same things goes about your writing styles, this isn’t an English Degree assignment okay, so who cares about grammatical errors or spelling mistakes? Just be yourself, style it how you want others to read it or how you personally would want to read a blog! I personally try to base all of the writing in my blogs on the idea that I am physically talking to the person. Like I say, you do you and make it how you want it.
Tell us one thing your readers don’t know about you: Oh goodness, I’ve already played the Dual Nationality card too haven’t I? Damn. Well the only other thing I can think of is that I learned Russian in school. I can put on a hell of an accent and can recite you a wonderful paragraph which sounds very impressive… but when you break it down I’m basically just saying what sports I participated in in school. My fabulous mimicking accent makes it sounds like some sort of Liam Neeson Taken quote though!
Anything else you’d like to share with us? Go for it!!!
Leave a message for your readers: I hope you all enjoyed getting to know me but I hope you don’t stop there, there is more to me that what is written above so feel free to get to know me more. Plus, I would love to find out all about you and connect, so don’t hesitate to get in touch.