Elle’s Écrit, Ils Parlent: Chloe Chats

Hi everyone, and welcome back to another ‘Elle’s Écrit, Ils Parlent’! Today I’m talking to Chloe from Chloe Chats. She is primarily a mental health blogger although she sometimes posts lifestyle content. Read on to find out her motivations for blogging and what she dislikes about blogging!

Ellen: How did you build your following on your blog?

Chloe: I actually have had my blog for a good while [but] it was only October 2018 that I decided to get on social media- and I’m very glad I did! Twitter has been the best for me for building a following on my blog. I think just being supportive to other bloggers was how I gained followers/subscribers. It’s one of my favourite things though, meeting, chatting and supporting other bloggers.

E: You’ve recently collaborated with a few brands. How did you find these opportunities?

C: I have! It’s been really fun. I actually felt nervous to begin with because it’s a bit terrifying that maybe what you write about isn’t what they were hoping to see. But if it’s a review of something then being honest is what you should do! Everyone I’ve worked with so far has been lovely so I haven’t received any negative experiences…yet!

E: I really enjoyed reading your post ‘Horror films and how they exploit mental health issues’. What was your inspiration behind this post?

C: Thank you so much! I really enjoyed researching that one. It was around Halloween and I wanted to do something related to it and I started to read about horror films and found a few other articles and blogs of where people have spoken about the exploitation of mental health. A few years back I wouldn’t have really thought about it that way, but of course they exploit these issues. You can find it in so many horror movies. Even though I found a few other articles on it, there wasn’t that many, and I felt like it’s an important topic and we should all be a bit more aware. I wasn’t trying to turn people against horror films. I will still watch them, but it’s definitely worth bringing attention to it.

E: What is your favourite blog post you have written?

C: This is a hard question. I’d probably say the one called ‘Living with someone who has anxiety’. I hadn’t really seen anyone write about it before from the perspective of someone- like a loved one- who lives with someone that has anxiety. I know that sometimes my anxiety can be difficult to deal with and sometimes my partner struggles so I wanted to tell everyone my advice and what I have learned from my partner’s perspective. I also enjoyed writing my ‘How blogging has helped my mental health’ just because it’s a personal one to me and it was one of [those posts] that you pour your heart into. It was very therapeutic to write.

E: Is there anything you dislike about blogging?

C: There’s not much I hate about blogging. I’d say perhaps when you get the odd person who isn’t very supportive and brings all the drama in the blogging community. I think as well, I don’t ‘hate’ it, but when you write a blog post and someone comments on it saying ‘great post’ and then puts their URL… you know that they’re just looking for a comment back and it’s understandable that you’d want a comment returned if you comment on someone else’s blog, but at least read the blog post!

E: Do you find it difficult to write about your feelings?

C: I used to find it difficult, but now I find that I just talk about my feelings openly on my blog. I won’t talk about everything, there might be some private things that I’m dealing with at the time and won’t want to talk about it, but anxiety wise, I try to be open about it and talk about it a lot. For one, talking about it really helps me, and also, I have found it can inspire others to speak out too.

E: What message do you want people to receive after reading your blog?

C: Hmm, message wise, just that they feel positive or they feel that they’ve learned something from it. I will sometimes write about some general lifestyle things, but my main posts are usually to do with mental health so if anyone feels it helps them a little that’s a massive plus for me and puts a big smile on my face. A big reason [for] talking about my personal mental health issues is so that I can help others and let them know that they’re not alone.

E: What are your future plans for your blog?

C: I’m not sure really, just carry on going with it! I would love for it to be my full-time job, that would be amazing. I know it’s a lot of work to get it to that point, but perhaps I can get close to it this year.

E: You’ve written about lots of places that you have visited. Where has been your favourite?

C: My favourite place [is] maybe Northern Ireland! I had a really nice time. I got to see my uni friend and her new baby, I got to go on the Game of Thrones tour which was amazing, and just having time with my boyfriend was really nice. At that time as well I know that he needed a break from work so it was lovely.

E: What is your favourite quote?

C: My all-time favourite quote is: “You’re braver than you believe, stronger than you seem, and smarter than you think.” Winnie the Pooh.

What a lovely quote that perfectly sums up the essence of Chloe’s blog! If you enjoyed reading this post, make sure you read the previous post where I interviewed Abby from MyLifelines. And if you’d like to be involved, you can sign up here!

You can find Chloe on Twitter, Instagram, Facebook and Pinterest!


27 thoughts on “Elle’s Écrit, Ils Parlent: Chloe Chats

  1. Chloe is one of my fave bloggers ever! So glad to have seen here on this. Also I remember reading the ‘Horror films and how they exploit mental health issues’ when it was first posted and I agree it’s one of my faves too. So cool to hear the inspiration behind it 🙂 And I’m so rooting for Chloe to make this her full time job x

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  2. Aww this was very lovely to read it put altogether, thank you so much for having me on your blog I very much enjoyed answering your questions! ♥️ And I’ve just seen Lavs comment too awww you guys ♥️♥️

    Chloe xx

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  3. I already love Chloe so much and now I feel like I know her even more!! Such a great post and such a great series, Ellen!!💗 I love Chloe’s focus on mental health. It is so needed and SO helpful. I am excited to go read the Horror Movie post!! You both keep kicking ass. You all are amazing!!😍

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  4. I enjoy reading these posts. It’s good to get to know people better. I think Chloe and her blog are so lovely. I don’t watch horror films as I don’t like them. I’m not in a good place mentally and so I’m careful to avoid anything that could be a trigger. Well done Chloe for making the point!

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  5. I already love Chloe’s blog but its great to learn more about her and her blogging journey. Great questions!
    Hayley x

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  6. So cute!! That’s great you featured Chloe, and I love the quote as well ☺️ I’m so glad to have gotten to know her, she’s such a sweetheart and her posts are always awesome and informative with self care and mental health. 🤗

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  7. I always love reading Chloe’s blog and this is such a great way to get to know more about her! I love that Chloe is so open and honest about her mental health journey and her post’s are always so helpful and interesting to read. Plus she is such a kind and supportive person too 🙂 Thank you so much for sharing, such an enjoyable read and I love the Winnie the Pooh quote too! ❤ xx

    Bexa | http://www.hellobexa.com

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  8. Loved reading this interview. I’ve followed Chloe’s blog for a while now. I remember the horror film post too. It was an interesting perspective that I hadn’t thought about before. It was also very true!

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