Monday, 3 August 2015

The Blogger Interview



I've been tagged by Helen over at All The Beautiful Things to take part in The Blogger Interview.  I love reading others, getting to know more about the people behind the blog and this one is really interesting; getting to know the reason behind the blog... so here goes!

How did you get into Blogging?
I started a food blog back in 2011 and adored it; but I fell pregnant and lost every iota of appetite and stopped blogging.  I've always loved writing so, whilst bored and between houses, I started this blog to fill the time - and boy does it do that!

What advice would you give to a blogger just starting out?

I'm no expert and relatively new myself.  My advice would be Listen. Learn. Read.  Go onto Pinterest and follow some boards about blogging for hints and tips.  Join linkys and see what other people in your genre are writing about.  Make friends by commenting on others posts and be constructive and don't be afraid to ask other bloggers for advice - they're fantastically helpful and resourceful - in fact, Helen who nominated me for this very kindly talked me though my first linky (thanks again!).  Finally, be true to yourself, and write what you believe in - you can so tell when someone is writing for the wrong reasons.  Which reminds me; only take freebies for review if it's relevant and it's something that will add to your blog.  Turn the others down.  The rest will follow (I hope!).  



How has your blog changed since you started writing it?

I started this blog to document my family's move to a new City and to help me explore it.  The move took forever and in the meantime became a place for me to write about what I love.  I started with loads of crafts and foodie posts, but they've made way for more general parenting posts and I'm finding I'm getting a more humorous voice as my confidence grows.  I do hope to do more Nottingham focused posts but I'm loving the current content so who knows?  That's the beauty of blogging - your little piece of internet is just that - yours.


What would be your dream campaign?
Wow - send me on an all expenses paid holiday please (what!? I've just moved and in dire need!).  Being more serous, and realistic, my dream campaign would be a long term partnership with a company I believe in and whose company culture reflects my own but would allow me space to do my own thing.  I believe in relationships, honesty and authenticity so anything that ticks all those boxes please! 

What advice would you give to PR's wanting to approach you for a campaign?
Please don't expect me to work for free - I have some self-respect!  Yes, my blog is a hobby but when I'm writing for the benefit of a company by agreement, I expect to be compensated at least at, preferably over, the minimum wage. Thank you muchly.

Do you have a plan for you blog?
Wow - the golden question.  Yes; to continue to enjoy it.  Realistically, it'll continue to be a hobby and I'm writing a local newsletter alongside it to keep the 'Nottingham' side alive.  I may remove Nottingham from my branding.  If I could dream?  I'd keep the blog up as a hobby and go freelance, writing for other publications.  A girl can dream right?

What do you think about rankings?
I've not really got involved in all that.  I've had a look at a couple of ranking pages but have no idea who I'm ranked against, why it matters or what it means - and I'd rather crack on with a linky, connecting on twitter or writing another post with the time it'd take to find out.  Besides, the best feedback comes from those who read my blog.  When someone shares my post on twitter with a compliment about it alongside, or tells me how much they enjoyed reading my post, that means more than a ranking performed by a robot.   Having said that, if I ever got a really good one (and I knew what it meant!) I'd milk the living daylights out of it.

That was fun, mainly because I'd not asked myself these questions and it's be really great to find out the answers and learn more about why I'm here.  I loved reading Helen's too as I learn more about bloggers who have been here much longer than me and how they work.  It's really inspirational to know people are here because they love it.  And I can't wait to find out more about the bloggers over at.....


Looking forward to reading your responses!


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