Hi Courtney! What’s the name of your blog?
Where are you from?
Tell us a little bit more about you and your blog, NP Courtney.
My name is Courtney and I’m a young breast cancer survivor, mother, nurse practitioner, professor, legal nurse consultant, plant mama wannabe, and lifestyle blogger. I was diagnosed with breast cancer at 35, right as the COVID-19 pandemic hit the peak of the first wave. Personally, I struggled to find other women my age who had gone through what I was going through. I felt isolated (on many levels), but found a few women to lean on, who got me through the darkest time after my initial diagnosis. They say it takes a village, and this could not be more true! NP Courtney was created to be not only a space for me to share about my cancer journey, but also a place to grow connections with other nurses, nurse practitioners and health care professionals, lovers of beauty, and fellow moms. I’m currently cancer-free and recently had a reconstruction revision in December 2020. Now that my treatment is complete, I share snippets of my life, both personal and professional.
How many years have you been blogging at NP Courtney?
Less than a year.
Give us your best tip to staying on top of the blog/work/life balance?
I hired a virtual assistant and we’ve worked together to craft an editorial calendar which has me creating more content than ever before
Fill in the blank. What people don’t realize about blogging is….
It’s a lot of work!
What are three things you wish you knew about blogging before you started?
- Blogging is a full-time job
- It isn’t the most fulfilling thing as you start.
- Getting to share your life with others, and see how your stories impact them, is priceless.
What skills and qualities do you think are necessary for a successful and professional blogger?
Dedication, a love of writing, some basic graphic design.
What has blogging taught you that no other career or job has before?
To look inside myself and realize that I have more to share than I thought.
What’s one piece of advice you would give to someone just starting out in the blog world?
It takes time to build a following. Success doesn’t happen overnight. Consistency is key!
What makes your brand, NP Courtney, different than other bloggers?
I offer a unique perspective as both a nurse practitioner and a patient and feel that sharing that helps a lot of other women in similar situations.
What topic do you most enjoy writing about?
I really enjoy writing the nursing content because I’m a passionate educator, but I also love writing about lifestyle content because applies to so many others.
What would your dream partnership look like?
I would love a long-term collaboration to grow with a brand over time and foster an on-going relationship for a product that I truly love and use myself.
A current blogging goal you are working on?
Growing my page views and building a consistent following.
What does a typical workday for you look like?
I work full time as a professor and clinician and blogging is my “hobby” but it’s how I release from my full time job. It’s truly something that brings me joy.
What’s your most recent WIN with your blog?
Getting an editorial calendar together and mapping out content quarter by quarter and truly feeling like I am churning things out regularly!
What is one thing in the blogging industry that frustrates you that you wish you could change?
I feel like it takes a LONG time to break into it. I understand that nothing happens overnight, but I would love to see some smaller wins soon!
What’s your guilty pleasure TV show?
Keeping up with the Kardashians.