Happy Birthday to my Blog!
It’s my blog’s 2nd birthday today! So much has happened in the last two years and I’m happy to say I’m in a such a better space today than I was two years ago. My body is healthy again, my life is fulfilling and I’ve never been happier. If you’ve followed for a while, you might have noticed that my blog posts are less frequent than before. I loved blogging here and it had a big role in helping me heal over the past two years. I used it to share my experience but also to connect with others and it gave me a strong sense of community and support. There are a couple of reasons the blog has been quieter lately…
- I used to write a lot on the way to and in Turkey. I don’t travel there anymore so that writing time isn’t there!
- I share most of what I write now on Patreon (which honestly isn’t as frequent as I’d like but there are lots of posts there should you wish to join the community and have a read).
- I now write for the Democrat Newspaper which is really cool, I can actually call myself a writer now!
- I’m studying and working more now than I was so the time for blogging just isn’t there!
I wrote a new Patreon post today about a recent trolling experience I had. I know they are subscribed to my blog and read it as well as follow me on Instagram etc so HIYA! They accused me of many things, all of which I addressed in the Patreon post. Here is a paragraph if you’d like a little read… To give context… I was accused of victim blaming people with cancer, being a woo practitioner, making a living off what I say online, causing people harm…. the list goes on! Someone also wanted to punch me in the face. Another wanted me to rot… Okayyyyyyyyyyyyy! Anyway, here is a bit of the post…
I was also accused of making a living off what I say online. This is true but not entirely. I have blogged about my experience for the past two years, my blog is two today! And I have never monetized it even though I could have. I didn’t use affiliate links to direct people to buy things and make money off my recommendations. The same goes with Instagram and Facebook. I could have done the influencer thing and worked with brands to make commission for speaking about their products. I didn’t do that even though I was approached by brands many times. It didn’t feel right for me and I’m glad I didn’t do it because I think influencer culture has a shelf life and it is a massively criticized profession. I studied in the background in areas that I know can have a positive impact on people who choose to work with me. I recently moved my more personal writing to Patreon (a platform which allows creators to be paid for their content. It seems to be the way a lot of platforms are going online, creators are now using the Netflix or Spotify model to share their work and why not? People put time into creating content, they should get paid for it if others are benefiting from it.) where I make a small monthly income, I run a monthly soundbath event which I advertise online and I also (rarely) advertise my business where I offer both Thermography and Coaching. I speak about them on my Instagram from time to time and sometimes people contact me looking to work with me. So am I making a living from what I say online? Kind of. Most of my business comes from word of mouth which seems to be the way in holistic health because anyone who advertises what they do online seem to get criticised for it!