1. Who are you? Tell us your genre, how long you’ve been at it, who or what inspires you or whatever you want us to know.
I am the Cancer Curmudgeon, otherwise known as Wendi. My genre is cranky-ass, stream of consciousness, thoughts on cancer culture. I was inspired to begin blogging in 2012 (I think) because I needed a community—the in real life community was too pinky-perky for me. A word about my logo—the anarchy symbol over the pink ribbon—because I thought all that pink ribbon culture needed to be upended and I wanted to contribute to that goal. It didn’t work.
2. What’s been your biggest blogging roadblock this year and did you come up with a way to get around it? (If you didn’t, that’s okay too. We’re here to support you.)
My biggest roadblock began as became more involved in politics after the 2016 US election. I started with minor organizing and social media management, and it just kept growing. Plus, I started social media management for a non-profit mental health group. Oh, and I got a real 9 to 5 job about a year ago, giving up my pet sitting business. My whole world turned upside down and right side up again in the past few years. It’s not that I stopped caring about my cancer friends or being scared – I just ran out of bandwidth.
3. What’s something you accomplished with your blog this year that you’re proud of?
Writing this piece—because I haven’t written in a loooooong time—thanks for the push, Nancy!
4. What are a couple of your best blogging tips?
Don’t go so long between posts like I have done here—I’m so rusty!
5. How do you handle negative feedback or comments?
They used to hurt me back when blogged regularly. I built a huge callous over the past few years and I will probably just ignore any negative stuff. Again, no bandwidth.
6. Share a link to a favorite post you’ve written THIS YEAR (or anytime if you’ve been a bit quiet) that you want more people to read.
This one, because it’s still true, and still necessary in this world where people blame sick people for getting sick.