Do you want a great blog design? If you are looking for something that will reflect you and your blog as the individuals you are, I highly recommend Stacey Corrin. She is incredibly easy to work with, very affordable and goes the extra mile. I wanted to know more so interviewed her for my blog to find out more about her blogging tips and her support for mum bloggers. She’s a real inspiration.
1. What is the striking story you have to share?
I started blogging just over three years ago on Five’s A Fellowship. I delved into this world of putting my thoughts to the proverbial page as a way of coping with Post Natal Depression after the birth of my twins.
I’d always been prone to depression in my youth. I’d experienced it with the birth of my first child, however this time it was worse. It felt like I was isolated from everyone and everything that I knew. I was alone in a world of struggle that I didn’t know how to navigate.
Five’s A Fellowship was my release from that. Slowly I realised that by writing things down, I could connect with people, parents like me who were going through something similar. I wasn’t alone anymore and that realisation helped me towards my path of recovery.
Three years later and my first blog is no-more. It was a springboard that launched me up onto bigger and better things. It helped me to discover my true calling, that of a writer and designer and someone with a genuine desire to help others on their journey.
And so my current blog was born. In the space of six months I’ve grown this blog into a source of advice and information for bloggers wanting to grow their online space. I’m staggered by the response of the community. It seems there’s so much information online, but the heart of the message is often lost in the need to appear as popular as possible.
Through my blog I try and cut through this noise, giving actionable advice, support and a friendly voice when people need it. It’s not about telling people how to blog, but encouraging them to find their own way of doing things that is true to themselves.
2. What were the joys that this experience brought your way?
The greatest joy I’ve encountered through this experience, is seeing other bloggers use the advice I’ve given them,.Sometimes they employ my services as a blog designer to help give their online space a bit of a makeover. They fall back in love with writing, with expressing themselves and they enjoy the process so much more. This can only be a good thing.
3. What challenges did this situation bring your way?
I’d have to say my main challenge has been keeping going. There have been times when I’ve wanted to pack it all in. We all have wobbly moments like that where self-doubt creeps in and we feel like we’re not good enough or that we’re merely pretending to be someone we’re not. It’s something I still battle with privately.
4. How do you ensure you get time to yourself and what do you do with that time?
My favourite way to relax is to sit in front of the TV with a good science documentary and a big bag of wool. It might sound a bit corny but I love this simple act of creating something with my hands, while losing myself in something I’m passionate about. Crochet and science are two of those things, so that’s what you can usually find me doing when I’m not working.
5. Have you ever rediscovered or reinvented yourself? How?
Oh absolutely. When I first began working for myself, I marketed myself as a freelance writer. I experienced a huge amount of success doing this but felt I was lacking something. I’m a creative person at heart and if you were to ask anyone who knows me online, they’ll say I love experimenting with WordPress theme designs.
So I reinvented myself and now do both of those things. It’s been a fulfilling experience.
6. Describe at least one physical feature you have that you consider to be beautiful
This is a tough one. I’m terrible at finding positives in my appearance. If I had to pick, it would be my eyes. They change colour depending on my mood from green to blue to grey!
7. What makes you stand out?
I think I stand out because I don’t follow the crowd, I never have done. It’s so easy to go along with what everyone else is doing because it feels safe. There’s safety in numbers after all. I like to go against the grain a little, whether that’s through my writing or my design work.
8. Is it important to you to support other mums?
Definitely. Blogging has opened many a mother’s eyes to the possibilities and opportunities open to them. We don’t have to just sit at home taking care of the children any more. We can influence and help others.
9. Which mum inspires you?
Aly Hodge of Bug Bird and Bee. There’s a lady who has been through so much but who has wonderful children and a great sense of humour to go with it. She’s my geek mother-in-arms!
10. What would you like the next Government to do to improve the lives of mums?
I would say the best thing the next Government can do to help us mums, is to provide us with more opportunities to work flexibly. There’s so much work these days that can be carried out from home or via a virtual workspace. I do this myself as part of my work with a web hosting company where we all work remotely online. It’s this kind of thinking that help bring people together and explore new ways to embrace mothers in the workplace online and offline.