Introduce yourself, why did you start blogging?
I was inspired by Kony of New York on Facebook. The content was so real and so raw. I’m a health science major and I really started getting into health in undergrad because of it. I wondered if I could mush the ideas together and create something of my own. It’s evolved into something very original and heartfelt. I never imagined I would have made it this far with blogging.
How did you come up with your blog name?
50 Shades of Humanity was inspired by the idea humans and our experiences lie on a wide spectrum and it is never black or white. We all struggle to varying degrees and have different stories to tell.
What type of content do you generally post on your blog?
All my content is health and wellness related, but I use the 7 dimensions of wellness which gives me a larger area of content I can tackle. The 7 dimensions of wellness include physical, emotional, intellectual, social, spiritual, environmental and Occupational wellness. It shows how total health and wellness is best accomplished by enriching all of these dimensions.
What are your main struggles as a blogger?
My main struggle would be (consistent) readers. It’s hard to get people to read these days even on topics that are interesting. The people that need to learn about the topics I cover the most are the ones least likely to read, but social media helps a ton with gaining readers so no worries.
What are your favourite tools for blogging?
Google docs saves livesssssss. It especially helps with blogs that have features from other bloggers. You can communicate through the docs, share them with ease, and edit simultaneously.
What is your favourite social media site for interacting with your readers?
Twitter most definitely. I use twitter polls from my blogs and it is how I get a lot of my anonymous submissions.
What is your favourite post that you have written? And why?
MY fave is definitely “Speak Your Vaginal Truth”. It touches on vaginal health, STIs/STDs, yeast infections, bacterial vaginosis, lubrication, discharge, personal anonymous quotes from several people on their experiences. It really shows the truth and struggles behind being a women and how honesty allows to end the stigma around vaginal health. Check it out here: https://50shadesofhumanity.wordpress.com/2018/10/07/speak-your-vaginal-truth%F0%9F%97%A3%F0%9F%97%A3/
What advice would you give to someone who is thinking about becoming a blogger?
Brainstorm first. Find out your target audience. Find things people fail to speak on that will draw readers in as well as something you’re passionate about. Self-promotion is your biggest friend and don’t get hung up on readers too early it takes time.
Thank you so much, Michelle, for participating in my first ever ‘Meet the Blogger’ series. I hope you enjoyed it as much as I did. If you’re new here, be sure to check out her social media and blog with a little comment saying you found them via BryoniBurnsBlog.com.