What is the profile of a blogger? Are bloggers a diverse bunch or all the same? In my series of interviews with female lifestyle and parenting bloggers, I discover the wide range of women who find meaning through blogging. Huge thanks to Louise for sharing her views on blogging.
Why did you start to blog?
I’ve always loved to write, as I child I was forever writing stories and I even did a journalism course after uni but then my children came along and I barely had time to wash my hair never mind writing.
Then one day I read a blog about parenting and thought ‘I could do that’ and so I did, and I thought I would be read straight away, then reality hit and I realised how much hard work blogging really is. After a good year of slogging away, the opps finally started coming and now it’s my job!
How did you feel when you started blogging?
Honestly, disappointed! I had genuinely been under the illusion that ‘write and they shall read it’! But then excited as things started to grow on social media. And it also makes me happy.
What is your blog about?
My blog is about my life. There is a lot about parenting as that is something I spend most of my time doing, and then there is also a lot of things we enjoy. We’re really outdoorsy and so there are a lot of days out, stories about our camper van trips and crafts too, I like to do lots of them!
What is your proudest achievement related to blogging?
I recently got a column in my local paper based on my blog. That was a real high point for me, seeing my words in print.
What do you enjoy most about blogging?
I’m not actually sure. I really enjoy the buzz of getting an exciting opportunity or reaching a new goal on social media but mainly I love it when I get a comment from someone saying that something I’ve written has helped them or that they can relate. It’s lovely to connect to people.
What do you find most challenging about blogging?
Having the time to keep up with all the different social media channels and write. It’s hard to balance it all with motherhood too.
What surprised you most about blogging?
How much work it really is! Seriously! It’s a full time job for sure. 🙂
How do you collaborate or work in partnership with other bloggers?
I have some really fab blogging buddies and we pass details to PRs etc. I also run a link up with friends.
What would lead to you giving up blogging?
Oh that’s so tough. If my husband or children really hated me doing it I’d have to have a good think.
Why should I read your blog?
Because it would make me really happy! But apart from that, because I hope that you would enjoy it.
What are the aims of your blog?
That’s quite a tough one to answer! It’s mainly to share mny own experiences and to let others know that it’s ok to not be ok, to wing it, to eat Coco Pops for dinner every night for a week occasionally! I’ve also written about my PND journey in the help it might help others and I also share our experiences of days out and reviews of things we have loved. Another aim is to build a career for myself that I can do around the children.
Is there anything else you would like to share?
Well, I do have a few social media links if anyone fancied following me on any of them. There’s different content across all of them, but a running theme is generally outdoors with the family, chatter, unicorns, rainbows and lots and lots of cake!