My latest worth casing feature blogger Samantha from The Annoyed Thyroid is living proof that anything is possible no matter what your age or what curve balls life decides to throw at you.
Since turning 40, Sam has had more than most thrown at her as far as curve balls go. Diagnosed with cancer not once but twice, Sam’s blog initially followed her cancer journey but has evolved into a celebration of life, kitchen capers and running, just a few of her favourite things.
It’s Sam’s love of life and everything in it that will have you coming back for more at The Annoyed Thyroid. Today we catch up with Sam to discuss the business of blogging.
How long have you been blogging and why did you start?
I’ve been blogging for about 3 and a half years but I think my mum was the only person who read it for the first two years, so does that count? Anyway, I started blogging upon receiving my second diagnosis of thyroid cancer (in a 6 month period.) I was pretty wigged out and needed a space to empty my brain in between counselling appointments. I didn’t realise it at the time but blogging totally saved my bacon. It’s my all time favourite Cancer Perk. And yes, Cancer Perks are totally a thing.
Tell us a bit about your blog and what we can expect to see in the next twelve months?
Well, what started off as a cancer chronicle and a kind of online journal has turned into an eclectic mix of all the things I love; food, travel, running and life. It’s my happy place and I’d like to think that a visit to the blog would leave you with a smile on your dial or a tickle in your taste buds or some food for thought. Of course, in the best case scenario, you would leave with all three!
My blog had an extreme makeover earlier this year (thanks, husband!) and I started the series of my dreams called “She’s So Inspiring.” I know the name is not super original, but the women featured are amazing beyond words and it’s been such an honour to share their stories.
After my two touches of cancer, I’m not a big fan of long term planning and am more of a fly by the seat of my pants type of person. I have no idea what the future holds for the blog, so I’ll hedge my bets and say more of the same, with maybe some added bells and whistles!
Do you have a favourite place or dedicated space for blogging?
We live in quite a small apartment and a home office is a thing of my dreams. Although even if I had a home office, I probably wouldn’t use it because it would feel a bit anti-social being locked away all on my lonesome. My faux office is a spot on the dining room table, that way I’m close to the fridge (and therefore, close to chocolate,) close to the TV and therefore close to my husband (who is always close to the TV.) It works for me.
What are your must have tools and resources when it comes to blogging?
My husband. He’s an IT wizard and is the total technology brains behind this blog. He’s my favourite resource but he is totally not a tool. I’ve just got a monthly planner and try to plan out what I will post and when. I also always have to have a notebook and pen because my brain runs at tangents and there’s no knowing when I’m going to get my best idea. I’m totally a pen and paper kind of girl.
Have you ever experienced blogger’s block and what are your top tips for when it strikes?
No. If anything I have too many ideas. I think I have a syndrome called “Busy Brain.” I have the opposite problem, so many ideas, not enough time!
What have been your blogging highlights and biggest challenges?
The biggest challenge these days is finding the time to do ALL the things. I have a Bloggy To-Do List that is never ending. I just wish there were a few more extra hours tagged on to the end of every day for some value added blogging. I would like that very much. Oh and that old chestnut, comparison! He is the thief of all joy. I try to keep him at bay, and just accept that we are all you-nique. We’re all special and all different.
There have been so many blogging highlights, but I think the best thing is the connections I have made with the people in the blogging community. I have friends all over Australia, in fact, all over the world and some of them I haven’t met yet! How awesome is that? And all because I blogged!
Oh and this interview, would have to be right up there as a blogging highlight, totes honoured!
Who inspires you and what’s on your Worth Casing list when it comes to other bloggers?
Too many to list here. I try to keep up with them all on my Bloglovin feed and regularly feature my favourite posts of the week on the Saturday link up the Ultimate Rabbit Hole which I co-pilot with the awesome Karin from Calm to Conniption, Jess from A Little Part of the World and Fleur from Our Urban Box.
What advice would you give to anyone that is thinking about starting a blog of their own?
Blogging is as much about supporting other blogs and the blogging community as it is about your own. Bloggy love is like a magic penny, if you give it away, you end up having more. True story.
What is your favourite blog post?
My favourite post is this one about my emotional raincoat. It’s my best accessory.
If you weren’t in the business of blogging what would you be doing?
Honestly? I’d like to bake cakes all day. But then I’d want to blog about them so maybe that wouldn’t work. I guess you’d find me in my day job then, teaching international students English or if I ever complete my studies, I’d be in the business of bereavement counselling. It would have to do something that I loved and loved doing, for me, it’s all about making a difference.
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