If you’re a blogger living with a chronic illness, there are probably times when your symptoms make it difficult to blog regularly. Then there’s the challenge of writer’s block, which can happen any time.
If you’re feeling stuck on what to cover this week, try one of the blog post ideas from this list. Your blog doesn’t have to stick to the events of your day-to-day life, unless you want it to, of course. You can also share resources and advice, research updates, home remedies, and more to keep your readers coming back.
1. Share a research roundup. If you see an interesting news article related to your condition, gather together coverage and create a research round-up of links with your own summary or take on the news.
2. Write about myths and misconceptions about your condition. Unfortunately, you most likely hear misinformation about your condition all the time, including from well-meaning friends and family. A guide on your blog to some common misconceptions about your condition — including the facts to counter them — makes for a useful piece of content that your followers will relate to and share.
3. Blog about your favorite home remedies. If you’re feeling pain or discomfort from symptoms, what home remedies have you found helpful? Taking a hot bath? Certain stretches? Share what helps you with your readers, and ask for their recommendations in the comments, too.
4. Share the story of your diagnosis. Many conditions, especially invisible illnesses and diseases without a definitive test, can take a long time to be properly diagnosed. If this applies to you, share your experience and invite others to share theirs. Your followers will appreciate hearing that they’re not the only ones who struggled to get the right diagnosis.
5. Let followers know about nonprofits you support and how to get involved. Do you have favorite charities for medical research into your condition that you support? Share a bit about nonprofits you volunteer for or donate to, why you like them, and how interested readers can help out, too.
6. Blog about clinical research. In order for new treatments to move forward, clinical trials for potential new medications need volunteers to take part. But most patients aren’t aware of clinical research opportunities — only 24% of patients who have never participated in a trial report feeling “very informed” about clinical research opportunities. Your blog about clinical research can include basic information about how to join a research study and why someone might consider it. You can also see how many clinical trials for your condition are currently looking for volunteers.
7. Share a “day in the life” story. Readers who don’t live with your condition but have a loved one who does would particularly benefit from this kind of blog post. Let readers know about your daily routines and how you work around your symptoms. Most people without chronic diseases aren’t aware of how much time managing your symptoms can take up during the day. Readers who live with your condition will also be able to relate to your post and share their own daily routines.
8. Share travel tips. Traveling with certain conditions can be a challenge. Share advice you have on navigating airports and flights, taking long road trips, or any other tips you’ve gathered from trips you’ve taken. Ask your readers for their advice, too.
9. Share how you like to relax. Living with a chronic condition can be stressful. Write a blog post that includes a few of your favorite ways to relax, and ask your readers to contribute suggestions.
10. Gather a list of your favorite fellow bloggers. Create a list of bloggers you follow with a short blurb about what they cover or why you like them. If you share on Twitter, be sure to tag the bloggers on your list so they know they’ve been included — they may return the favor.
11. List the websites and books that have been your best resources. A list of resources specific to your condition is also helpful for readers, especially those who have been diagnosed recently. You can also look into joining the Amazon Affiliate Program, if you’re interested, to potentially earn a portion of proceeds if you readers purchase the books you mention.
12. Blog about what it’s like to join a support group, if you’ve had that experience. Support groups can be helpful resources and a great way to connect with others who understand what you’re going through. They can also be intimidating, though. If you’ve joined one, write about your experience and share tips on finding one that’s the right fit.
13. Write about how your condition is portrayed in the media. If you live with a condition that’s ever portrayed in TV shows, movies, or books, it could be interesting to share your thoughts on that representation. Whether you think a piece captures your condition well or not, a blog post on the topic is likely to spark an interesting discussion with your readers.
14. Put together a list of frequently asked questions. Do you get the same questions over and over about living with your condition? Share a list of the questions you get most often, and ask your readers if they’ve had the same experience.
15. Create a seasonal blog post around how to navigate a particular holiday or event. The holiday season and traveling can be stressful for anyone, but can be even more challenging for those living with a chronic illness. Share your advice on making travel plans, managing stress, and conserving energy during a stressful time.
16. Ask readers what they wish others knew about living with your condition on social media, then gather their responses together in a blog post. This idea is a great way to engage your social media followers while creating a blog post that readers can relate to. You can consider putting this together around your condition’s awareness month, if there is one, but it can be a powerful piece any time.
17. Share cooking tips or a favorite recipe. Whether your symptoms make an impact on your ability to cook, you have certain dietary restrictions that help with symptoms, or you just have a favorite comfort food, share your favorite recipe with your readers. Pictures are an added bonus to posts about food, too.
18. Write about discussing your condition with kids or young family members. It can be difficult to talk about living with a chronic illness with younger family members. If you’ve had a tough conversation with your own kids or children in your family, share how it went and your advice.
19. Blog about your exercise routine and what works for you. Depending on your condition, regular exercise may help you manage your symptoms. There may also be specific moves you’ve found help reduce pain. Share your favorite routine with your readers, along with any adjustments or gear that help you. And be sure to encourage readers to consult their doctor before trying a new exercise program.
20. Connect with a guest blogger. It can be exhausting to keep up with creating regular content, especially when you’re dealing with chronic illness or other health issues. Consider asking a blogger or writer friend to contribute a post to your blog. Another perk of inviting a guest blogger is that the post will likely be shared on both of your social networks, so you may bring in some new followers along the way.