A young family of adventurers living by the sea

Monday, 3 August 2015

The Blogger Interview Tag

I've seen this tag floating around many a blogger's page recently and when I was asked to join in I thought it would be a great opportunity to let some people know why I blog. 



How did you get into blogging?
I have been blogging on and off for years. Mostly within the Tumblr community. When things started to get a bit too bitchy over there (the parenting community is pretty horrendous) I realised that I wanted to create a platform to share what me and Max had done with our day. I didn't expect people to even read it but surprisingly a few of you do! I had pretty severe postnatal depression and when someone suggested writing as a coping method it really helped. It's something that has grown into an extension of me now.

What advice would you give to a blogger just starting out?Think about what you want to write. Don't do it for the freebies because chances are you won't get any. I know it sounds pretty pants but think of your blog as a brand/job. You wouldn't offend someone at work so don't do it online. Your online profile can be seen by everyone so think about what you are writing and posting about. Some things should really be left offline. Also think about what others may want to read, find your own writing style and run with it. You don't want to sound like everyone else!
How has your blog changed since you started writing it?
I think I've found my style. Before I was reviewing things and talking about stuff that everyone else was. I was too obsessed about stats. Now I sit and think about what I write. I have features that I love to do (Friday Reads for example) and take more time with my writing and photos. 
What would be your dream campaign?
A festival would be amazing. We are a music obsessed family and have been fortunate to do Camp Bestival a few years ago (thank you student loans) and a few smaller ones. To be sent on a summer of festivals as a family would be amazing. Max is the biggest rockstar I know so it would be a summer come true for him!
What advice would you give to PR’s wanting to approach you for a campaign?
Don't skirt around what you want. I'm open to discuss most opportunities if they fit with my blog but if I don't think it will work then don't be offended! I'm not scary (though Max can do a mean dinosaur impression!)
Do you have a plan for your blog?
Yes to a certain extent. I want to make more of some parts of my blog, refine my photography skills again (I did a degree and still have so much to learn) and also shout about more of the things I love. I'm working with some amazing  organisations on various projects that I can't wait to share with everyone. 
What do you think about rankings?
Honestly I used to be obsessed. Now I don't care for them. Each search engine, ranking site and award ceremony has different lists. Becoming obsessed with them can distract you from the reason you started blogging. To write about things you love. So I took a step back and de-registered from quite a few of the ranking sites and now feel much better about my writing. 


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