It’s been a battle in my mind for years: what the hell can I do to form some sort of career, earn some sort of money and feel in some way professionally fulfilled? Traditional jobs are out the question because my illnesses make me too unreliable and even on a basic level, I’m categorically not up to being out the house from 8am until 7pm. Running a business from home, in the traditional sense, is also a no go because whether it’s a service or a product that I offer, I still need to be available to my clients or customers 24/7. There’s a misconception that running one’s own business is all about endless cups of tea and marshmallows but the reality is very different. I can, however, write and create content on my own terms according to my own schedule and that’s exactly what I’m going to do.
Soon, this website will be dedicated solely to blogging and service and product recommendations for fellow chronically ill peeps and though I’ll still have an “encyclopedia” in place listing chronic illnesses, my research won’t be featured on this site anymore. It’s still going to be an integral part of what Chronic Illness Central offers but the research itself will only be included on my Instagram account, @chronicillnesscentral. In my short time running this, I’ve realised engagement in study-findings and health news is extremely high on Instagram (perhaps because of the convenience) and very low here. The people who visit this site visit pretty much for the blog posts and the blog posts alone so give the people what they want and all that jazz. I’m still committed to finding educationally sound, thought provoking research so I’m not dropping the ball, no worries there. In the new year, my blog posts will be scheduled for Mondays, Wednesdays and Thursdays as it’s important to me to have some routine in place for my readers.
Not content with this and determined to forge a career for myself, I’ve started the ball rolling on ‘Housebound and Chatty’. It can currently be found on Instagram via @houseboundandchatty and at @houseboundchats on Twitter. The website is coming soon and will tie in, both visually and in its premise, with everything I’m doing here. Yes, I’m pretty much glued to my snuggle chair with chronic illness but I still have a hell of a lot to say for myself and very few in real life to say it to so I figured: you’re all there, I’ll talk to you! The plan is to have a weekly topical podcast on both YouTube and other forums like iTunes, Soundcloud etc and I can’t wait for you to join me whilst I yabber on and drink tea. I want it to be friendly escapism for people in the same boat as me or for those who just need a bit of an out that day. Hopefully, things will be kicking off in April. I’m holding off until then as our lease is up on March 21st and if the landlord decides not to renew, money will need to be reserved for sensible things like a deposit and moving truck. All going well though, we’ll be staying put and I can purchase all the equipment I need.
I’ve also decided to jump off the goddamn cliff and just go for it when it comes to putting my writing forward for publication. I’m beyond bloody excited and feel as though this is what I’m meant to be doing. Sure, it’ll be a rough road with a tonne of rejections but it can’t be any worse than your doctor repeatedly not listening to you. I’m tough as old boots me. I know how to pitch, I know how to write and and I know how to write passionately about what I know, believe and enjoy. Hemingway won’t be rolling in his grave but long gone are the days where writing was about what was “proper” and instead, here we are in a time where people are just longing to connect to someone or something.
2018 has a lot in store for me and to be honest, I’m shitting my pants. T’will be grand though.