What is being a blogger really like? What are the joys and challenges of blogging. I interviewed Emma from the Farmer’s Wife and Mummy blog to find out.
Why did you start to blog?
I used to chat with someone over the phone at work and tell her about my life on the farm and what happened with my daughter and she kept saying I should write a blog so I took the plunge and did it.
How did you feel when you started blogging?
I loved it immediately. I was a journalist for many years so writing comes easily to me and, as long as I am writing something that interests me which my blog does, it just flows.
What is your blog about?
It is primarily a parenting blog but I think living on a farm makes it a bit different so I do write about our animals, what goes on and the odd recipe and lifestyle piece is also thrown in for good measure.
What is your proudest achievement related to blogging?
We have received some great things to review and had some lovely experiences . As a writer though, it is the thought of people actually enjoying what I write that keeps me going. My stats are not massive but I am proud of them.
What do you enjoy most about blogging?
The routine of writing most days. I gave up paid work when I had my second child so I feel like I am keeping my mind busy with the blog.
What do you find most challenging about blogging?
Making it look nice. At work, I had people proof read my work. I hate proof reading. So there are some typing errors which I do try to rectify every now and then. I would like to take better photos too.
What surprised you most about blogging?
The community. Like any part of life, you meet people you instantly click with and you meet others who you found nice but then discovered were not who you would usually associate with. It is part of life. We are not made to get along with everyone. The community at large though is very encouraging on the most part, especially when someone is having a hard time and I think that is lovely.
How do you collaborate or work in partnership with other bloggers (
I have just set up my own guest post series on Women In Farming and I run a weekly link called #MaternityMondays. I like taking part in blog hops as it forces you to read other blogs you may not otherwise have discovered.
What would lead to you giving up blogging?
Not a lot really. I think it is natural for blogs to change direction and, maybe when my children are older, I might focus on something else but my blog is my sanity and my little piece of space to call my own.
Why should I read your blog?
I realise not everyone will like every subject matter I write about so I try to keep specific things on specific days so you can dip in and out as you wish. Monday is #MaternityMondays, Tuesday is my 5 things piece where I write about 5 things I like or don’t like about something. Wednesday used to be a recipe but I don’t always have time for that-Food Bloggers deserve a medal for the effort that goes into a recipe post. Wednesday to Friday is usually a parenting piece (or pregnancy if I am pregnant), a piece about animals or the farm and a lifestyle piece.
Now go forth and read Emma’s blog.
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