Spooniehacker is an independent online lifestyle magazine for all genders.
It aims to bridge the gap between mainstream media and the online chronic illness community.
Spooniehackers are chronically ill people who are hacking all kinds of systems (including their own bodies) to live their lives in their own ways.
The word ‘spoonie’, comes from Christine Miserandino’s Spoon Theory. Combined with the idea of ‘life hacks’, the name Spooniehacker represents the idea that chronically ill and disabled people are the ultimate lifehackers, inventing unique ways of surviving and thriving in an often inaccessible and stigmatising world.
Spooniehacker is a platform where we can celebrate and learn from each other, while rewriting some of the common stories about chronic illness and disability that exist in the mainstream. Also, it aims to get us all paid for our work.
The Spooniehacker team
Spooniehacker was launched by Aly and Emily, two chronically ill journalists who missed making magazines, and wanted to produce something that spoke to their lives and experiences, that they could do from their beds and around their symptoms. Emily now runs eco-blog Grow Eat Gift.
Want to support us?
If you’re chronically ill/disabled, and would like to contribute to the magazine, check out our contributors’ page.
When the magazine launched in autumn 2018 we hoped to be funded through a combination of donations, grants and affiliate links. However, due to worsening health on the team, this has not been possible. We currently run at a loss and are looking at the best way of moving forward for the benefit of the chronic illness community, without bankrupting the team! Anyone who would be interested in working with us to make Spooniehacker self-sustaining, please get in touch.
You can make donations via our Paypal account. Every penny we receive in donations is used to pay chronically ill and disabled people for their work – including £1 to Christine Miserandino’s crowdfunder every time we make a contributor payment.
Our accountant is Arian Bloodwood and we highly recommend them if you are an ethical business or sole trader in the UK!