My 1st Blogiversary!

M.E. myself and I is a year old! Happy Birthday Blog! 

For someone who doesn’t do very much I seem to have an awful lot to say seeing as we’ve managed 12 months and over 140 posts.

I often forget that I am so much more than just an M.E sufferer but you have all reminded me that I am indeed something more. If nothing else I am a blogger. It is an achievement in itself to have been writing posts over this last year.

If I didn’t have M.E. I’m really not sure I’d read a blog like mine so a special thank you to all those who don’t have experience of M.E. and yet still take the time to read and hopefully try to gain some understanding. Thank you to those who use up their very precious ‘spoons’ to read and comment and share each post I publish. Thank you to the parents and siblings and friends of other sufferers who have joined me along the way. Thank you to my own family and friends who have stuck with it this past year. I hope it hasn’t been a waste of your time and I hope M.E. myself and I has helped in some way, however small.

Changes in appearance since October 2012. Blue seems best, for obvious reasons. (ME/CFS awareness.)

The majority of people who I started this for no longer read my blog; some found it just too upsetting to think of their Anna like this. It was never my aim to upset anyone or make anyone feel sorry or sad for me. I was always just trying to help; to give an honest insight and to try to explain. That’s still my main aim but I also still find it beneficial to get things off my chest. Looking back at the posts also allows me to ‘measure’ my progress. 

Blog-wise I suppose I’m up against it, what with beauty and lifestyle blogs being the blogs of choice. Everyone seems to have a blog these days and many bloggers are after fame and followers but that’s not why I started a blog. I should have picked a much chirpier subject if that was my goal! 

Yet despite not being a ‘mainstream’ topic, we have reached well over 20,000 views. That is ridiculous for a blog about M.E! Posts are shared on Facebook and twitter by people I have never met and have never spoken to. Obviously not everyone who views the blog page will read each post all the way through, but M.E. myself and I has a worldwide audience and I can’t quite believe it! That was something I had never even thought about! This was honestly just meant to help my nearest and dearest to understand and it has become something much bigger. I never imagined that it would be so well received and read by so many. Thank you all for being so nice!

Top Ten audience by country for this week

I would love to know who my readers are, so if you would like to make yourself known please say hello in the comments section below. 

So I will carry on with M.E. myself and I because there is still, somehow, much to say. 

And now, instead of celebrating I am off to the doctors this afternoon with a list of lovely new symptoms as long as my arm. Yay. 

Left: the original blog photo. Right: a year on and I’m still under the same blanket, in the same hoody, wearing the same hat

Published by Anna Redshaw

Blogging about life in the slow lane with an invisible, chronic illness. I wasn't always a sick chick so this is somewhat of a life changing experience!

7 thoughts on “My 1st Blogiversary!

  1. Congratulations on your first blogiversary! As you may know, I found your blog through the Foggy Friends forums, and it's been so comforting to see someone put into words what so many of us with this illness experience on a daily basis. I often find myself nodding and thinking, “Yes, that's exactly how I feel!”. So thank you for being brave enough to share your full experience with all of us. You're helping a lot of people, just letting us know that we aren't alone in this. And neither are you!


  2. Hi! I read your blog because I love and miss you. It helps me stay close and understand what you are going through…… Sometimes it even stops me being mean to you 😉 xxx


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