I am delighted to share my interview with Rachel Bustin where she shares her blogging journey including the sad reason she started blogging and how her blog has developed from a hobby into a job.
Why did you start to blog?
I started to blog in March 2015 after my 3rd miscarriage. It was my husband who suggested it to me to take my mind off things.
How did you feel when you started blogging?
I was feeling down after my unlucky time of trying to get pregnant, so blogging was my release. In fact I fell in love with blogging very quickly. Back then I blogged about books, gardening and competitions. Slightly different to the family lifestyle I blog about today.
How do you feel about blogging today?
It’s amazing! I have finally found my thing in life, my career!
What is your proudest achievement related to blogging?
That I’m able to help support my family and have that little extra money for things.
What is the most exciting event you have attended as a blogger?
Living down in Cornwall, events are few and far between!
Do you monetize your blog and, if so, how?
My main source of income is sponsored posts. I do have some adverts but have made like £32 from Google Adsense in 3 years! I have made a few pounds from affiliate income sources but it’s not a lot. I think you need huge amounts to make real money from these.
What do you find most challenging about blogging?
The promoting of blog posts. I never seem to have enough time to promote once I have written the post I’m on to the next one.
What surprised you most about blogging?
The online world of bloggers I never knew existed. Always there to help and advise. It’s an awesome community.
How do you balance blogging and family life?
I’m not sure to be honest. I work full time in my day job, so do lots at lunch times at work. Oh I don’t have much time to sleep either my brain is always coming up with blogging ideas. I have a never ending list of things I need to get done with the blog. I think the balance need to be better for me and I’m aiming to take an evening off a week…..maybe!
What would lead to you giving up blogging?
I can’t see anything that would ever lead me to give up blogging, but you never know!
What is your top tip for a new or inexperienced blogger?
Go straight to self hosted. I started off on blogger for about 14 months but was limited in what I could do.
Is there anything else you would like to share?
Blogging for me started as a hobby, now it’s a job, but one I love. Hopefully after I have had my second baby this year I can afford to drop hours when I go back to work in 2019.
Huge thanks to Rachel for sharing her story so generously.
Every blogging journey is different and if you would like to take part in my interview with a blogger series, do get in touch.