How Blogging Saved My Life and Became my Job
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How Blogging Saved My Life and Became my Job

I've long had health issues, I've touched on the some of it in previous posts (such as this one about my mental health issues). In my early 20s after getting myself back on my feet after some abusive relationships, I started to get myself back on track. I had started Open University studying Criminology and Social Policy, I was able to volunteer with my local Wildlife Trust, both as a youth range and with school visits.

Then I caught swine flu. I thought the worst part would be the fact I was unable to go to Malta, after being grounded by my doctor, little did I know that I would still be suffering almost 8 years later.

I remember making it to my parents and not leaving the sofa, the energy zapped from my body, while it hurt all over. I thought that would end, but it didn't. The pain never left and my fatigue got no better, in some ways, of course, I was better, my nose no longer ran, but on the whole, my body never recovered from that episode.

It took a long time to get any diagnosis, at first the doctor thought I was just suffering from post viral fatigue, which can last for a long time after a bad viral episode. However, as time went on it was obvious I wasn't going to recover and I was sent to a specialist. It was decided after looking over my history I had probably suffered with ME since my early teens, after a prior bad flu episode and the latest one had kicked off Fibromyalgia as well.

Until that point I had been hanging onto a small thread, that there would be a cure,  I would get better and everything would be as it once was. In that moment though my world shattered. It would never be better. I let my mental health get worse, I gave up on life.

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It came to a head a few months later, I needed to get myself a bit better, I needed to do something. My old past times were ruled out, it hurt to hold a pen for long so I could no longer write to pen friends, and shaking hands meant I couldn't do jewellery making. So in December 2010, I started a blog, this blog. I wrote about rubbish, some silly throw away moment that happened in the day, but had made me smile.

From there it evolved, my brain while suffering from fibro fog often, was kicked into working a little more. Idea's formed, I made friends, I had a purpose again. Blogging had saved me.

However, I would never have thought how far my blog would take me, how now in 2017, it is my full-time job, I am earning enough to live on from it.

You see I thought perhaps I would never work again, not only did my mental health suffer when I worked (I got obsessed with working, threw everything into it until I broke), my fatigue means I never know how I will be from day to day. I thought I would never be a contributing member of society again, paying my own way. However, here I am.

I guess what I am trying to say, is sometimes taking that leap and doing something, may just open doors you never knew existed before, so go on, give it a try. You might find that small step, leads to a big change.

Has blogging changed your life in any way, or have you taken a step and found it offered something amazing?

This article has 41 comments

  1. ellen beck

    I wish I had starting blogging way back when. I was told I should and never quite made it,I didnt feel I had a niche. Now there are so many blogs I would be lost in the crowd so I dont bother.
    I am so glad you got into blogging when you did and am so happy it has helped you through so many obstacles!

    • Sarah-Louise Bailey

      It really is never too late honestly, we see people starting up daily in UK Bloggers and many of them as long as they get their head down and work for it can really make it.

  2. Steffie

    ❤️

  3. Emma

    Loved this post. It’s funny how things can happen for a reason isn’t it? Blogging was my lifeline when I first moved abroad 7 years ago. It helped my family get some idea of what we were up to and where we were too. Now we are back in the UK for a while and I still find stuff to post about! ?

  4. Nayna Kanabar

    I admire your stamina to keep at it despite your illnesses and I am so glad that blogging has given you back your livelihood. Its so easy to give up yet you did not. Well done for that and a real good example to people who maybe feel that if they have an illness they can’t bounce back.

    • Sarah-Louise Bailey

      Aw thank you so much. I hope it can help people know there can be a light, someone said to me at 17 how does it feel to be on the scrap heap already. I can now say I wasn’t.

  5. Deborah Mackenzie

    What an amazing journey! Suffering from any form of mental illness is awful, I know from experience and also from being a carer to my son.

    • Sarah-Louise Bailey

      It really is hard, it still kicks my behind sometimes, but the plus side of blogging is I can take some time off when I need it, no matter if I don’t know that until the day comes.

  6. Ashleigh

    It’s wonderful that you are able to make an income out of your blog; let alone a full time career!

  7. Rebecca

    Love you xxx I’m so glad you decided to start this blog x

  8. Ana De- Jesus

    I remember reading your past posts on your abusive relationships and how strong I thought you were. I very much admire that you took your past and had the strength to overcome everything that had happened to you. That truly took courage and you should be very proud of yourself for writing this post. So happy that you are a blogger and I want to personally thank you for the helpful communities you have created. You really rock x

    • Sarah-Louise Bailey

      Aww thank you so much <3, my life as it was once described to me could be something you have read in a magazine, but you know it made me who I am I have to try and take the positives from it as you do yourself 🙂 x

  9. Rhian Westbury

    I think it’s great that blogging has allowed you to feel a part of something again and it’s amazing that you’re earning enough to do it full time x

  10. Super Busy Mum

    Love this and it’s amazing how blogging has changed so many peoples lives! Congrats on making it your job!

  11. Tess D

    thank you for sharing your journey x

  12. Jeanette Leighton

    Glad you found something to keep you going and get you through we all need something to pull us through sometimes good that you found it ?

  13. Becca Talbot

    Wow! Thanks for being so open and honest about your conditions Sarah, I had no idea that that was what had lead you to full time blogging. I’m glad that you’re not letting the illnesses hold you back from being creative though 🙂 x

  14. Lisa

    Whenever I read something like this, I wonder if this is an eye-opener for me. If God has let me see and read what other people do to overcome it. My dark past bugs me, creating a wall of confusion on my mind that stop me from writing – my own voice. Now, I think I’d write and share what keeps me up and about. Thanks for the inspiration. You are a strong woman! *hugs and kisses

  15. Angela

    This is great to read, and I’m sure your story will go on to inspire so many people reading to take that leap. Thank you for sharing your story x

  16. RACHEL EVANS

    Hi Sarah,

    Thankyou for sharing your story. I have commented on quite a few of your posts, but I didn’t realise how you got into blogging and about your health condition.

    It’s so amazing that you help other bloggers through the facebook groups as well. I really appreciate it.

    x

  17. Wildish Jess

    I wish I would put more work into my blog to make it my full time income. I just slack in batches it seems or life gets in the way.

    • Sarah-Louise Bailey

      You never know you might get into the flow – it took me a while, or try and make it so you even just do one post at the same time each week / fortnight / month etc.

  18. Anvita Bhatnagar Mistry

    Blogging is sure therapeutic. For the longest time I had a journal kind of a blog. Over a period of time I started a food blog and now that it what I do full time. Love it.

  19. Kim

    I think it is so awesome that you’ve been so successful with blogging! This is such an inspirational read!

  20. Nina

    Blogging is such a powerful thing. It really changes peoples lives. I love that it allowed you to work and use your voice when you were ill.

  21. Greatness Reinvented

    Wow loved this post. What a great journey and we are super glad you are now making money from your passion 🙂

    GR

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