I love to find out about individual lifestyle blogger journeys. In this blogger interview, I meet Eva from the Captain Bobcat blog.

Why did you start to blog?

I worked all my life and finding myself as a SAHM at the age of 37 scared me. I am really a person who’s probably not perfectly cut out for that. I started the blog to keep my brain active between preparing meals and soft play visits. I wanted a creative outlet, something new and challenging to learn. I also hoped to inspire others.hopefully inspire others. So a little over two years ago I started my blog.

How did you feel when you started blogging?

I just set up a site and started to blog about our travels as a little family and posted some vegetarian recipes initially. I didn’t even think about what direction it was going to take or setting goals or checking the number of likes or anything like that. I just enjoyed sharing things. I was also thinking if I can learn more about blogging, I might be able to find a related job later when returning to the professional world.

How do you feel about blogging today?

My blog over the last 6 months has become my job. As well as being my hobby,  it has become a part time job. It’s a well paid, flexible job I really like. When I started to blog, never in my wildest dreams had I thought that one day I would be able to generate income with my blog. Apart from that I found my own voice and niche. I am really passionate about: green and ethical lifestyle for our family.

What is your proudest achievement related to blogging?

I recently ran a Christmas giveaway series and I pitched some eco friendly, ethical small shops and independent businesses to offer a prize. So many of them believed in my idea, that I had to run 5 separate giveaway bundles with all the fabulous prizes. I’ve had so many lovely comments, emails, and compliments that I was totally (I still am!) overwhelmed with all the love and help I was offered and received.

 

Do you monetize your blog and, if so, how?

I do in a few different ways such assponsored articles, reviewing products or services and selling advertising space.

What do you find most challenging about blogging?

That it’s a 24/7 job. Since I already have one being a SAHM parent of two children it’s very hard to find the space and time for everything . Another aspect of this is that you start to look at everything and everyone with the eye of the blogger. Constantly snapping photos (camera eye syndrome), thinking about new ideas and posts, all the social media and trying to solve technical stuff.

What surprised you most about blogging?

How it really shapes modern advertising and marketing. I used to read a few blogs before starting mine and now I read hundreds. I had no idea how powerful micro influencing has became. The other (completely different) surprise is I realised that I can never actually run out of ideas! My worry when I started my blog was about not having enough ideas but my ideas just keep coming and coming and I’m having a hard time to keep up with them.

How do you balance blogging and family life?

Tough one. I have at least one of my children with me all the time so I can’t really dedicate time for writing and composing posts during the day. I normally try to do that after they’ve gone to bed, but recently my husband started to complain about that. From the new year I will try to arrange some childcare out so I can have some more time to work.

What would lead to you giving up blogging?

I might take a break, but would probably return to blogging anyway.

What is your top tip for a new or inexperienced blogger?

Find your passion and write about it.

Is there anything else you would like to share?

Please stop buying plastic bottled drinks!

I would like to thank Eva for sharing her experiences and I am sure other bloggers can learn from her. If you are a lifestyle blogger and would like to share you story, please do get in touch.

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I was tagged in a new blogger tag by the wonderful Jaki from https://jakijellz.comIt is ages since I did a tag thingy and it’s great to come across new ones.

I would love to know what you knew already and which bits surprise you!

1 What’s your name?

Alison – that’s your first surprise

2 Any nicknames or aliases?

Sherlock, Clogger, Snuggle Bum

3 Your gender?

Female – not such a surprise

4 Your star sign?

Saggitarius

5 How old are you?

One year younger than I will be tomorrow

6 Your relationship status?

Married

7 Any children?

3 aged 17, 13 and 12

8 Any pets?

2 dogs – a Beagle and a Shepherd/Collie cross puppy.

9 Any tattoos or piercings?

As if!

10 What do you like about yourself?

My passion, creativity and my values. My caring  nature. My wicked sense of humour.

11 What do you dislike about yourself?

My sense of humour can be quite harsh. I am good with words so can go for the jugular in an argument. I am too much the shy, introverted scaredy-cat!

12 Righty or lefty?

Hands or politics? Left wing politically. Right only in writing.

 

Lasts

13 The last thing you drank:

Coffee and lots of them

14 The last thing you ate:

Chocolate out of the Advent calendar

15 Your last phone call:

Pointless one with former manager

16 Your last text message:

I rarely text – in fact it would be fun to have some text buddies. I remember an embarrassing one sent from my last college reunion but it was funny too.

17 Your last email:

From a tooth whitening company.

18 The last song you listened to:

Can’t actually remember – that needs to change. I love music but gave up listening much years ago when husband complained about the volume.

19 The last book you read:

Different Genes

20 The last time you cried:

A little yesterday about my brother Michael who I lost in August.

21 The last blog you read:

Mummy Harris

22 The last person you spoke to:

My 17 tear old son

23 The last place you visited:

The bar

24 Your last holiday abroad:

France

 

Have you ever?

25 Have you ever gotten back with an ex?

Nope and I only have one anyway or one real one anyway

26 Have you ever been cheated on?

Oh  yes and in different ways!

27 Have you ever cheated on someone?

No

28 Have you ever lost someone special to you?

Yes – some alive and some dead

29 Have you ever been so drunk you threw up?

Yes rarely but also not that long ago

30 Have you ever fallen out of love with someone?

Yes

31 Have you ever met someone who changed you?

Lots of people

32 Have you ever been in a situation where you found out who your real friends are?

Yes but also I think some real friends are still friends who don’t know what to say or how to help in a given situation.

33 Have you ever kissed someone you probably shouldn’t have?

Do husband’s count?

34 Have you ever found out people were talking about you behind your back?

Yes but only for good reasons

35 Have you ever broken someone’s heart?

How can we ever be sure on that  one? I hope not because mine has been shattered and it is no fun.

36 Have you ever kissed a stranger?

Yes. That’s how good strangers become good friends – joke!

37 Have you ever had your own heart broken?

Yes and played  a part in that  myself too

38 Have you ever had sex on the first date?

Still waiting to have what I would call a first date. OK, yes but it was hardly a date and I was in a very bad emotional state at the time and it was hardly sex or not by my standards anyway,

39 Have you ever been arrested?

No. I am a very good girl!

40 Have you ever been attracted to someone that isn’t the gender you usually find attractive?

Once.

41 Have you ever done something you regret?

Yes including losing a sense of power and self.

42 Have you ever had a threesome?

I find it hard enough to get a twosome!

43 Have you ever embarrassed yourself in public?

Yes.

44 Have you ever misjudged someone?

Yes including at least one occasion of getting my facts completely wrong.

 

Your Beliefs and Opinions

45 Do you believe in God?

Hard to say but probably or at least I hope there is one.

46 Do you believe in yourself?

More and more as the years go by.

47 Do you believe in Santa Claus?

Of course and the children know never to question his existence. I still look in the sky every Christmas Eve believing I will see the sleigh one day.

48 Do you believe in ghosts?

Yes – living and dead

49 Do you believe in aliens?

It’s not something that really interests me. I have enough issues with so called normal people.

50 Do you believe in miracles?

Yes and have experienced them

51 Do you believe in the power of positive thinking?

Yes. It is so powerful and life-transforming.

52 Do you believe in love at first sight?

No but it does not take me long to get there sometimes.

53 Can money make you happy?

Not as such. Lack of worry about it makes you happier and it can facilitate fun memories but there is also a lot of stuff that is amazing and free.

54 Would you describe yourself as a feminist?

Yes

55 Are you pro-life or pro-choice?

Prefer not to say as could argue strongly for both options

56 Do you have strong political beliefs?

Yes and of the Left Wing otherwise known as let’s be fair kind.

57 Do you have strong religious beliefs?

Not easy to answer. I  was brought up with strong religious beliefs and still need to work out what I think.

58 What do you think the most important thing you can give a child is?

Security and love.

 

Right Now

59 Are you eating anything right now?

No although chocolate is calling my name.

60 Are you drinking anything right now?

No but another coffee is on my agenda.

61 What are you listening to right now?

Karen Brady – shoot me now!

62 What are you thinking about right now?

How to navigate my birthday tomorrow as my  husband will not make a fuss and it disappoints me every year.

63 What are you waiting for right now?

An interesting book in the post

64 What are you most excited about right now?

The  off-chance that my birthday will turn out well with messages and gestures from the right people.

65 What’s your pet hate right now?

Constant housework which always falls on me.

66 What’s your favourite thing right now?

Reflecting on changes I have planned for next year.

67 If you weren’t answering these questions, what would you be doing right now?

Walking the dogs

 

Firsts

68 Your first best friend:

Hayley or the first important one anyway.

69 Your first kiss:

Blackpool trip, Met in a pub. Lad from Sunderland called Dean. Never got as far as the surname.

70 Your first celebrity crush:

Orinoco from the Wombles

71 Your first holiday:

Bridlington where I crawled off with all my clothes on to the sea. Repeated the same experience on a school trip many years later.

72 Your first pet:

Benji the Jack Russell sadly put down when he bit me but there were good reasons for the bite and my parents regretted having him put down and I was so sad to lose him.

73 Your first regret:

I guess losing my birth family has to be the first one.

74 Your first job:

Babysitter aged 17 and used to make what I thought was a fortune thanks to the Maguire family.

75: Your first childhood memory:

Being in the garden with  my Mum. Busy Lizzies, pet graveyards, rockery and the outside kitchen my Dad built for me. Red steps from the back door with Mum saying I would never jump off the highest. Said a lot about me then and still does.

 

Which would you choose?

76 Love or money?

Both. Mainly love but enough money to not worry.

77 Twitter or Facebook?

Used to be Twitter when it was creative. Now FB as brings old friends back.

78 Hook up or relationship?

What would I be hooked up to exactly?

79 Dogs or cats?

Dogs if pushed but like both.

80 Coffee or tea?

Coffee. Not a tea-drinker except after fish and chips.

81 Beer or wine?

Wine. Fond memories of Old Peculiar though.

82 Sweet or savoury?

Love both as a real foodie but probably savoury if pushed.

83 Introvert or extrovert?

Introvert to the nth degree.

84 Vampires or werewolves?

No idea!

85 Seaside or countryside?

Seaside. Will live right by the sea one day.

86 Summer or winter?

Spring or Autumn preferably as not good with extremes.

87 Books or movies

Both but if pushed books.

88 Horror or comedy

Comedy. Don’t get the horror thing at all

 

A few random questions to finish on

89 Do you wish you could change your past?

Oh yes!

90 What’s your dream job?

Novelist

91 What’s your guilty pleasure?

True crime

92 What are you afraid of?

Being rejected

93 What was the first thing you wanted to be when you grew up?

A barrister

94 If you could have any superpower, what would it be?

Time travel

95 If you could change anything about your life what would it be?

To see the people I care about more often

96 Would you want immortality?

Perhaps if you could stay in good health

97 If you could interview anyone alive or dead who would you choose?

Freddie Mercury

98 Would you say you are happy?

On the whole.

99 What one piece of advice would you give to yourself at age eighteen?

Should you fall in love, it is a really good idea to tell the person.

100 Where would you like to be in five years’ time?

Living by the sea or in the mountains. Successful novelist. Children still with me or close by. Friends close by and travel to see others.

How to Join In

Just follow the simple rules below. Feel free to use the image from this post if you don’t want to create a new one.

 

Rules

1 Thank the person who nominated you and link back to their blog

2 Answer the questions honestly (skip any you don’t feel comfortable answering)

3 Tag 10-20 bloggers to take part (let them know on social media)

4 Post the questions without your answers at the bottom of your post so that they are easy to copy and paste for the people you tag

Enjoy!

Grab the questions below if you would like to take part:

The Basics

1 What’s your name?

2 Any nicknames or aliases?

3 Your gender?

4 Your star sign?

5 How old are you?

6 Your relationship status?

7 Any children?

8 Any pets?

9 Any tattoos or piercings?

10 What do you like about yourself?

11 What do you dislike about yourself?

12 Righty or lefty?

 

Lasts

13 The last thing you drank:

14 The last thing you ate:

15 Your last phone call:

16 Your last text message:

17 Your last email:

18 The last song you listened to:

19 The last book you read:

20 The last time you cried:

21 The last blog you read:

22 The last person you spoke to:

23 The last place you visited:

24 Your last holiday abroad:

 

Have you ever?

25 Have you ever gotten back with an ex?

26 Have you ever been cheated on?

27 Have you ever cheated on someone?

28 Have you ever lost someone special to you?

29 Have you ever been so drunk you threw up?

30 Have you ever fallen out of love with someone?

31 Have you ever met someone who changed you?

32 Have you ever been in a situation where you found out who your real friends are?

33 Have you ever kissed someone you probably shouldn’t have?

34 Have you ever found out people were talking about you behind your back?

35 Have you ever broken someone’s heart?

36 Have you ever kissed a stranger?

37 Have you ever had your own heart broken?

38 Have you ever had sex on the first date?

39 Have you ever been arrested?

40 Have you ever been attracted to someone that isn’t the gender you usually find attractive?

41 Have you ever done something you regret?

42 Have you ever had a threesome?

43 Have you ever embarrassed yourself in public?

44 Have you ever misjudged someone?

 

Your Beliefs and Opinions

45 Do you believe in God?

46 Do you believe in yourself?

47 Do you believe in Santa Claus?

48 Do you believe in ghosts?

49 Do you believe in aliens?

50 Do you believe in miracles?

51 Do you believe in the power of positive thinking?

52 Do you believe in love at first sight?

53 Can money make you happy?

54 Would you describe yourself as a feminist?

55 Are you pro-life or pro-choice?

56 Do you have strong political beliefs?

57 Do you have strong religious beliefs?

58 What do you think the most important thing you can give a child is?

 

Right Now

59 Are you eating anything right now?

60 Are you drinking anything right now?

61 What are you listening to right now?

62 What are you thinking about right now?

63 What are you waiting for right now?

64 What are you most excited about right now?

65 What’s your pet hate right now?

66 What’s your favourite thing right now?

67 If you weren’t answering these questions, what would you be doing right now?

 

Firsts

68 Your first best friend:

69 Your first kiss:

70 Your first celebrity crush:

71 Your first holiday:

72 Your first pet:

73 Your first regret:

74 Your first job:

75: Your first childhood memory:

 

Which would you choose?

76 Love or money?

77 Twitter or Facebook?

78 Hook up or relationship?

79 Dogs or cats?

80 Coffee or tea?

81 Beer or wine?

82 Sweet or savoury?

83 Introvert or extrovert?

84 Vampires or werewolves?

85 Seaside or countryside?

86 Summer or winter?

87 Books or movies

88 Horror or comedy

 

A few random questions to finish on

89 Do you wish you could change your past?

90 What’s your dream job?

91 What’s your guilty pleasure?

92 What are you afraid of?

93 What was the first thing you wanted to be when you grew up?

94 If you could have any superpower, what would it be?

95 If you could change anything about your life what would it be?

96 Would you want immortality?

97 If you could interview anyone alive or dead who would you choose?

98 Would you say you are happy?

99 What one piece of advice would you give to yourself at age eighteen?

100 Where would you like to be in five years’ time?

 

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https://bucketsoftea.co.uk/

 

 

 

 

 

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Today I am delighted to share my blogger interview with Sam from www.stressedmum.co.uk Every blogger has a different journey and I hope you enjoy reading about Sam’s as much as I did.

Blogger Interview

Why did you start to blog?

I used to love reading blogs, but when my daughter was approaching leaving primary school I decided to start my own blog, even if it was just for me to read back on.

How did you feel when you started blogging?

I felt a little lost, as our lives were changing and my daughter would not need me as much and I felt I needed to do something for me.

How do you feel about blogging today?

It has become part of my life. My blog is all me and it is something I can have full control over. I can share my tears and laughter. It can be very therapeutic. It can also go the other way and become manic and very stressful. But I just take a deep breath tell myself I am in charge and go at my pace.

What is your proudest achievement related to blogging?

When someone comments or messages me privately about a certain topic I have
written about. Usually chronic illness which is great to be able to spread the word about. Last week I got a nomination for someone’s blog of the week who is a new follower. Tt is the little things that I find the biggest achievements.

What is the most exciting event you have attended as a blogger?

I rarely go to blogger events, but I went to the Chocolate Show recently which was amazing

Do you monetize your blog and, if so, how?

I do by hosting sponsored posts and also the occasional advert

What do you find most challenging about blogging?

For me it is the constant social media and keeping a presence out there. There is a lot of work that goes into blogging that a lot of people do not understand.

What surprised you most about blogging?

The blogging community as right from day 1 of blogging I have been amazed at how supportive it is. Everyone will offer advice or even pass on opportunities to others.

How do you balance blogging and family life?

My life has changed a lot since I started blogging, due to my daughter’s illness. I find that I can work my blog life around my family life. I can be here for her and can just drop everything if needed, as it really is not a 9-5 job.

What would lead to you giving up blogging?

I really can not see why I would want to give up blogging.

What is your top tip for a new or inexperienced blogger?

Join a great bloggers’ group. You can ask any question and get honest replies. No question is too stupid to ask and we all started somewhere.

Is there anything else you would like to share?

For anyone who has thought about starting a blog, I would say go for it, Honestly is the best thing I have ever done and have made so many friends along the way.

Huge thanks to Sam for sharing her story and if you would like to take part in my blogger interview series, please do get in touch.

What is the joy of blogging that makes people stick with it? Are there any troublesome challenges along the way? Where can blogging lead? Today as part of my series of interviews with bloggers, Kerry shares her experiences as a blogger over at https://www.moneysavingjourneys.com

Joy Of Blogging

Why did you start to blog?

I loved reading blogs and had started a WordPress.com blog a few years ago. Unfortunately, this was at a time when I did not have much spare time and it quickly fizzled out. However, the urge to blog never left me. Fast forward to October 2016 and I took the plunge again, this time going self-hosted.

How did you feel when you started blogging?

Nervous! I didn’t have a clue what I was doing but I like to learn new things and I threw myself into everything blogging related. Suddenly the TV could not hold my interest, I would rather be reading up about social media or watching a YouTube video about using HTML.

How do you feel about blogging today?

I absolutely love it. I love that I am constantly learning. I love that I can write about my passions and I love that people come to my blog to read.

What is your proudest achievement related to blogging?

That has to be receiving my first ever payment for a sponsored post. I didn’t specifically start my blog with the intention of making money. I knew it could be a possibility as I had read and heard from many other successful bloggers. I just didn’t think that I would ever get to that postion.

What is the most exciting event you have attended as a blogger?

I have never attended an event. I still don’t feel like a ‘proper’ blogger. I am constantly in awe of the bloggers I see around me.

Do you monetize your blog and, if so, how?

Yes, I started off adding some affiliate links but as I blog about saving money (amongst other topics) find these do not always fit well with my content.

Recently, I have been lucky to receive some sponsored posts.

What do you find most challenging about blogging?

Time. I have a day job and I have two boys (16 and 12) so time is limited. I do make the most of every spare minute I have, which is easy really as I love blogging so much.

What surprised you most about blogging?

The support you receive from other bloggers. I have joined some brilliant Facebook groups and it always surprises me how helpful everyone is.

How do you balance blogging and family life?

I have to be super organised and love making a list and crossing things off! My lists mean that when I do sit down to work on my blog, I know exactly what needs to be done next. For example, my dinner is cooking as I am typing this.

What would lead to you giving up blogging?

Wow, at this moment in time I can’t imagine not blogging. It would have to be something serious to stop me.

What is your top tip for a new or inexperienced blogger?

Keep going. At the beginning you can feel overwhelmed by everything that you need to do. Focus on one area at a time, learn it, master it and then move on to the next area.

Huge thanks to Kerry for sharing her story about the joy of blogging. If you would like to share your story, please do get in touch.

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Me, Being Mummy

I do love a good blogger story and will be highlighting some very special bloggers partly to show how very different bloggers are despite sharing a lot of the same joys and challenges of this particular art form.

Blogger Story

Today I meet Rhian Westbury and I hope you enjoy her sharing her individual blogging story.

Why did you start your blog?

I started my blog because I was doing a lot of freelance work for clients and will I loved writing I didn’t always enjoy having a brief and an outline of the style and content. I wanted somewhere where I was the creative controller so I began writing and it evolved from there.


How did you feel when you started blogging?

I felt relieved to have an outlet but I didn’t really do anything properly. My images were rubbish, I had no schedule and would sometimes go weeks (or even a month or so) without a post.

How do you feel about blogging today?

Ultimately I feel proud about blogging today as I know how far I have come with my skills involved such as social media management, photography, organizational planning and other areas. And while I post 5 times a week (sometimes more when it’s busy) I still love it.

What is your proudest achievement related to blogging?

I would probably say it would have been being picked to go on a four day trip to Ischia a few months back. I applied on Twitter and didn’t think much of it but when I got the email offer I thought it was fake to begin with but it hit me that someone had chosen me for whatever reason be it social stats or my blog and liked it enough.

What is the most exciting event you have attended as a blogger?

For my normal blog I haven’t really been to many events, just two in the last month. But I also edit a large music website and through that I have been to a number of festivals and I’d say the most exciting event would have had to be Download Festival.

Do you monetize your blog and if so how?

I do monetize my blog to some extent but only through sponsored posts with brands who fit my blog and are a natural interesting fit. I have tried affiliate work but never found it to work before but it’s something I need to look into.

What do you find most challenging about blogging?

Trying to keep on top of everything. As I work full-time and I am a music website editor, alongside wanting to spend time with friends, family, my boyfriend etc I find it can be tough managing my time. But it’s worth it.

What surprised you most about blogging?

How time consuming it is. It’s not just writing a post and clicking publish there’s so much more to do such as taking the right photo, optimizing your post, scheduling social media, promoting and so much more.

How do you balance blogging and family life?

I balance blogging with a full-time job in marketing by using my time wisely. I blog and do admin before work in the mornings, I am productive at lunchtime and scheduling is my friend. I batch take photos, batch schedule social media so I can have time off when I need it to enjoy life.

What would lead you to giving up blogging?

I can’t actually imagine not blogging. I think the only reason I would give it up would be if I had a health issue and physically wasn’t able to, although even then I’d like to think blogging would be a good outlet.

What is your top tip for a new or inexperienced blogger?

Buy your own domain straight away. They’re so cheap so it’s not a huge investment but it means you can start building your DA right from the start as opposed to when you change over a year after you start.

www.rhianwestbury.co.uk

You can also find Rhian on Instagram and Twitter @Rswstbry

Do you have a blogger story you would like to share. If you do, please get in touch with me.

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