Beneficial blogging

I find my blog has been an excellent self-motivation tool and has helped my depression a lot. I have suffered little since starting it. As a freelance illustrator, living in a rural part of Britain, it is all too easy to slide into loneliness and the kind of mental ‘bad habits’ which can lead to bouts of depression. Since having my blog, and working hard to promote it, I have gradually found myself being the kind of person I would like to be. My visitors (especially US city ones) enjoy that I live in the Cotswolds, bake my own bread, grow veg, am a ‘proper’ (i.e. earn my living from and am published) children’s illustrator living in an old cottage, and now I find that I have to keep up with the persona that they see me ...

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