Here at The Blogger Crowd, we believe being open about something that matters to you is very important. We’re also huge on diversity! Someone who has had our eye for a long time is Nicole, from A Beautiful Chaos.
Nicole started her wonderful blog back in 2014 where she talks openly about struggles with mental health and ways you can improve yours. She’s also an avid photographer who captures beautiful pictures. Nicole also runs a mental health awareness shop over on Etsy named ‘Beautiful Minds’ where she sells the magazine to go with it. We thought we’d catch up with Nicole and ask her opinion on a few things as well as about her experience with blogging!
1) What, or who inspired you to start blogging?
I’m not really sure, to be honest with you. I started blogging over three years ago. At the time I was really interested in fashion bloggers and Vloggers although the content I started out doing is very different to what I do now.
2) Is it difficult to talk so openly about mental health and other issues surrounding it?
I’m an introvert. A common characteristic of being an introvert is that you struggle with small talk but enjoy talking about deep and important subjects. I definitely think that’s how I approached blogging about mental health. I never really thought about what people would think of me discussing mental health so openly despite being a taboo subject. The response I got was amazing, so I carried on. Being so open online can encourage criticism, fortunately, I’m yet to experience this.
3) Do you have any tips for people wanting to breakthrough into blogging, specifically about mental health?
Do it for you and you only. Blogging about mental health can be really beneficial for your mental health. Getting your thoughts and feelings down in words gives you brain a much-needed rest. Be as honest as you can but don’t worry if you don’t feel up to sharing everything or if your story doesn’t seem as bad as someone else’s. Mental health is not a competition. You do not need to compare yourself to anyone else.
4) What, if anything, do you wish you could change about the blogosphere?
MORE DIVERSITY! The community is full of middle class, white beauty blogging girls with marble and copper everything. Their lifestyles are often hard to relate to and don’t represent the majority of those in the blogging community. I would love to see more mental health, disabled, LGBT, POC and plus-sized bloggers being acknowledged and approached by brands.
5) Has blogging and being on social media helped with your confidence in any way?
Yes definitely! As a child I struggled with social anxiety, going to the shops and speaking to the cashier would have filled me with dread and fear. Through blogging, I’ve had some amazing opportunities. I’ve got to work with amazing brands, meet other bloggers and do interviews including one recently with the Saturday Times about OCD. Blogging has given me so much confidence in the way I look, in my style and when meeting new people.
6) How important do you think it is to be open about mental health and mental illness?
I think it’s so important. 1 in 4 struggle with their mental health. It’s not something we can afford to be silent about. Suicide takes the life’s of too many people every year. We can prevent this. By being open and honest people who struggle with their mental health feel less alone and frightened. Subsequently more likely to get the help and support they so rightly need and deserve. This is why I’m so passionate about mental health awareness.
If you enjoyed this interview with Nicole and want to see more of her, here are a few links to places you can find her!