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 being a lifestyle blogger is 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.