Sunday, March 26, 2017

Blogger Spotlight:Silent D And Me

Hey guys,

Today Blogger spotlight is with Caroline and her blog is called Silent D And Me. You can find it by clicking here.  She has depression, that is where the Silent D comes into play. Having a blog is a great tool to have when you need to get things out of your mind, and especially for me writing and posting a blog post is a good time to just be alone so you can get everything out that you want to say without any distractions.  From reading her posts, I can tell that she is a very strong person so Caroline if you're reading this, you're a great role model to all.

Q: What is the meaning behind your blog name?
A: The name Silent D And Me depicts my life with clinical depression.

Q: What made you decide to start blogging?
A:  I began blogging in May 2015, following a family member's suicide. I took my blog down in September 2015 and restarted it in December 2015, following a friend's suicide attempt. My motivation for blogging is to raise awareness of mental illness (that might sound trite) and to connect with others who are living with mental health issues.  

Q: What do you blog about?
A: I blog about everything I feel is mental health related. I blog about my own experiences mainly and I've had a fantastic fellow mental health blogger share her story with my readers. 

Q:How long have you been blogging?
A: I initially started blogging in May 2015, so over a year now.

Q:What do you like to do beside blogging? Any hobbies?
A: My hobbies include reading, writing, walking, swimming, spending time with my family, DIY, baking and I hope to run marathons in the future.

Q: Have you had writer’s block? What did you do?
A: I get writer's block all the time. I find that I have lots of ideas, but the minute I sit down in front of my laptop, my mind goes blank. I find that jotting ideas down as I get them helps. If the block is severe, I take time out from writing and spend the time reading. 

Q:  What’s one thing you want your subscribers to know?
A: The one thing I want my subscribers to know, is that I have more draft posts saved, than I have published ones. I spend a lot of time deciding which posts my readers would like to read. 

Q: Where do you see your blog in 5 years?
A: I hope to still be blogging in 5 years' time, that's for sure. I hope that my blog has reached even more people and helped them. I'm aiming for my blog to become less about me and more about mental health as a whole. People don't want to read about the author all the time. 

Q:  What advice would you give to someone who is just starting their blog?
A: The advice I'd give to a new blogger would be to take your time. You'll want to get all your ideas out there as quickly as you can,  which is great, but you run the risk of burning out. Also, make sure you cite all quotes you use in your posts, and make sure any images you use are free from copyright. 

Q: Do you have any other social media sites?
A: I use Twitter and Bloglovin to promote my blog posts. I used to use Facebook, but I have recently de activated my account.

Thanks Caroline for letting me interview you and help promote your blog. Again, if you want to check out her blog, click here.

<3 Amanda 

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