The public vote for Allergy & Free From Blog Awards UK is now open and closes on 30th November 2016, over the next few months we will be interviewing the allergy & free from bloggers who have been nominated for an award to find out more about them and their allergy blogs. We also want to help you find relevant allergy & free from blogs to follow because while they’re all super helpful – they all offer something different !
Our 15th interview is with Hannah Allergy & Free From Blogger at The Gluten Free Redhead.
Tell us a little about your allergy blog content?
Content on The GF Redhead is mainly focused on the journey of adapting to a gluten free lifestyle post diagnosis. I try to keep things quite streamlined and blog about products and reviews, recipes, and generic posts of support, hints and tips. My Coeliac diagnosis came as quite a surprise for me, and I know for many it can be miss diagnosed for some time before the appropriate tests are completed, so I wanted the blog to focus on a real life journey of somebody going through the process of transitioning to gluten free living.
What inspired you to start your blog?
My brother is a keen food blogger, so I was always looking for ideas on what type of blog I could write myself. In the time between my blood test and endoscopy, I’d found a lot of useful advice on blogs so I thought my diagnosis may be the ideal opportunity for me to start blogging. Personally, I wanted to be able to track my progress and document the recipes and products I was finding, but I then also thought that if they were useful for me, they may useful for fellow coeliacs, so why not share my insights! Diagnosis was quite daunting, and although the medical staff were all great with me, sometimes it’s more reassuring to read about the real life experiences of somebody whose already been through it, and to know you’re not the only one trying to cope with coeliac disease.
What advice would you give to other allergy bloggers who are just starting out?
I think it’s really easy when you first start blogging to get caught up in the figures and think “oh, that blog post wasn’t read by many so I think I’ll give it up”. Blogging requires perseverance, but it is possible to build a good following of readers. Try and forward plan which posts you’d like to write, and schedule them equally across a specific time frame. Blogging is happening all the time, and there’s always new stories, so try and stay as current as possible and keep up to date with coeliac/allergy news – follow Coeliac UK, Allergy UK and gluten free companies on Twitter, or sign up for newsletters from various food companies.
What’s your favourite thing about blogging?
The blogging community is such a lovely and supportive online community to be a part of. It’s been great to interact with fellow coeliacs and allergy bloggers and learn from each other. Blogging has also helped me to feel less alone with diagnosis and to know that there are so many of us all trying to cope with the same issues, but also to share the exciting times when new products get launched, or s restaurant launches a few menu etc!
What would winning an Allergy & Free From Blog Award mean to you?
It was such a surprise to be nominated and I still don’t know who the lovely person is that put my blog forward! I’d only been blogging around four months when I was shortlisted in the two categories so it was a great boost to know that my blog was reaching others and hopefully helping them with their gluten free lifestyle. Adapting to a gluten free diet hasn’t been without its difficulties but winning either the best newcomer or best free from recipes in the awards would definitely be one of the positives since diagnosis!
Yay! Thanks Hannah for sharing an insight into your allergy blog and why it all began.
If you have been nominated for an Allergy Blog Award 2017 and would like to be interviewed please email email@example.com.
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