Val Robus from Sligo can be described as a veteran blogger, having started her blog before the area gained popularity.
“I’ve been blogging since 2009 — before blogs were popular. At this stage I feel like the granny of the blogging world,” she said.
Val writes about her life, her thoughts, and events taking place in the west and north-west of the country on magnumlady.com.
“It really is a mish mash of everything. If there is something on my mind I’ll write about it. I also try to promote interesting things happening in Sligo and the North West of Ireland as I think there is huge need for that.”
She enjoys writing about many issues as it can make her feel better.
“I find when I blog about a topic that’s been bothering me it gets it out of my head and into cyberspace. I find it very cathartic.”
Val’s blog has opened up a world of new opportunities to her. It has even allowed her to help her son follow a dream of his.
“I’ve had so many amazing opportunities because of the blog, including a photography exhibition and various high adrenaline adventures along part of the Wild Atlantic Way — which was amazing and is a story in itself.
“Last year my son, who is disabled, won a place in the Pokemon World Championships in San Francisco. He couldn’t travel without me and I couldn’t afford to go so a friend suggested a Go Fund Me campaign and people all over the world donated to enable his dream to come true. This was all because of the blog and social media.”
Val has recently been using her platform to discuss her anxiety and depression.
“This year I was hit with anxiety and depression which was quite difficult to blog about in the beginning but as I’m recovering I’ve turned it into a positive and I host monthly coffee mornings along with a local charity — Havin’ALaugh for people who might be going through a tough time.”
Val has been using social media since she started blogging and says it has helped her career as well as forged new friendships.
“It’s now turned into a job for me and I work part-time for Martina Hamilton jewellery designer and The Cat and the Moon Shop in Sligo town. So if I’m not on social media as ‘me’ I’m on it in another form.
“I enjoy interacting with people online and meeting them in real life and feeling like I already know them.”