Welcome back to this week’s instalment of my Meet The Blogger Interview series. If you are new here let me just explain why I created this weekly post….have you ever been surfing the net and wished you could find some new, interesting content to get your teeth into, but didn’t know where to look? Then this series is for you as each week I chat to a different blogger to find out all about their website and believe me no two are the same with a whole range of genre having been featured since I started back in January. Likewise this week’s blogger in the limelight is offering something unique over on his blog, but I’ll let him tell you about it for himself, so without further ado I’m thrilled to introduce Jonathan from My Vertigo and Me.
Tell us a bit about yourself and your blog
My name is Jonathan, I’m 44 years old and I live in Orlando, Florida, U.S, but I originally lived and grew up in the County of East Yorkshire, England.
I’ve had a problem with chronic dizziness and vertigo since the age of 15. For 25 years I lived with my parents and it was a solitary existence because I tried to hide away from the world. Then I met my American wife, Patricia, online and she changed my life forever.
My blog is called My Vertigo and Me. I began in an effort to reach out to others who also have vertigo in the hope of helping them gain knowledge and understanding of their condition. I also want to campaign for a better understanding of vertigo and to let those with vertigo know that they are not alone. It is an unseen yet chronic disability that many people do not know much about.
How long have you been blogging?
I started my blog in June 2019 so it’s only been a few of months.
What or who inspired you to create your blog?
My main inspiration was my wife. I can’t work because of my vertigo so she suggested that I start a blog so I can connect with the outside world. Who knows where it might lead me?
The other reason is because of that horrible disability test in the U.K. I had to go through it shortly before I met Patricia. The testing put me through hell, my stress levels increased dramatically and the vertigo got a lot worse as a result. I use that as motivation to spread vertigo awareness.
What’s your favourite thing about running your blog?
Connecting with other people. Not just those that have vertigo, but many others who are interested in what you have to say. It’s always a nice feeling when someone leaves a positive comment, knowing you have helped them.
How do you stay motivated?
My wife helps me keep me motivated. She has a way of turning everything into a positive, so if I start to lose my motivation, she helps me get back on track. I also like learning and there are some new things that I have learned about vertigo and the balance system since I started my blog.
What’s been the most challenging part of your blogging journey to date?
Almost everything apart from writing the blog itself. I didn’t realize that there is so much to it. SEO (Search Engine Optimization) is the most difficult part. But I am slowing getting better at understanding it.
Tell us about your favourite blog post
I have 2 favourites, but if I had to choose one, I would probably go with Mindfulness and Meditation for Vertigo and Anxiety. It’s very broad in scope and it isn’t just aimed at those with vertigo. Anyone can practice Mindfulness and Meditation to help control their anxiety. I explain a bit about it and the routine that I go through each day. I am proof that it can work wonders. You can read it here: https://myvertigoandme.com/vertigo-and-anxiety/vertigo/
Describe your blog in four words
Campaigning for Vertigo awareness.
What are your future hopes and dreams for your blog?
I hope to get as many followers or subscribers as I can and to help has much people as possible. I wish to change the way the general public view hidden disabilities and to change their mind set. To realize that just because you look O.K doesn’t necessarily mean that you are.
QUICKFIRE GET TO KNOW YOU QUESTIONS:
Early Bird or Night Owl?
I’m an early bird because my wife’s teaching job demands it.
Night in or night out?
Mostly a night in
Ketchup or mayo?
Summer or Winter?
Summer in the UK and Winter in Florida
Tea or coffee?
Iced Tea does that count?
Bath or shower?
Definitely a shower
Pizza or Chinese?
This is a close call, Chinese
Dog or cat?
I can’t decide on this because I’ve had both for most of my life.
Movie or box set?
Sweet or savoury?
I have a sweet tooth
I’d like to say a massive thank you to Jonathan for taking part. Check out next week’s post as I welcome another fabulous blogger.