The last few weeks have been a real mixed bag of emotions, with disappointments aplenty but there have also been lovely treats thrown in. Parenting can feel like drudgery, especially on no sleep, but as long as I do a little something for me every day I’m happy. It usually comes from blogging (aka my sanity saver) and whilst writing this post it dawned on me that I’ve had lots of blog related fabulousness this week, so I thought I’d share it with you.
Last Friday I enjoyed a coffee at my fave cafe in Brixton while the kids napped in the buggy, it also gave me the opportunity to start reading the Little Book of Mindfulness which fellow blogger Michelle sent me.
On Saturday I went out in the evening for the first time since having my son, who is now almost 20 months old! Mel, Vicki and I were gifted our delicious, wholesale meal by the wonderful folks at Leon. The food is über tasty and oh so good for you, if you’ve never dined there you are seriously missing a trick in my opinion.
Sunday we had friends over for lunch, and I did roast bone-in beef, which even if I do say so myself was lush. This wasn’t blog related but it inspired me to film another YouTube video for Super Easy Beef Stew.
Monday I saw a lovely local friend who is such an inspiration to me. She created the brilliant website Local Mums Online, and I’m her cookery editor (although haven’t published a recipe in yonks, which I promise to rectify asap!)
Tuesday was without a doubt the highlight of my week, and will certainly feature in my highlights of the year post in December. I went to the home of celebrity chef Gino D’Campo to hear all about his new range of ready made pizza bases which are coming out on Monday. Also to consume a fine amount of delicious prosecco for a midweek afternoon!
Wednesday I received an exciting parcel containing goodies for my collaboration with Huggies Little Swimmers, where I shall be documenting the boy learning to swim. Stay tuned for more over the coming weeks, including a giveaway for an under water camera.
Although yesterday wasn’t what most people would have described as a great day (all three kids coming down with stinking colds and off school and nursery) it was for me. I got lots of cuddles and mummy time, and I also caught up on tons of blogging while naps and Netflix watching was taking place. Which was just as well because my laptop died shortly afterwards 🙁
So there you go, my week as a blogger. Now on with answering the interview questions…
How did you get into blogging?
As you might already know, I love to cook and have been creating my own food for many years now. Friends used to ask me for my recipes all the time, so I set up my first blog Ren’s Recipes in 2010 purely to share information. It didn’t even have any photos on it for the first year. As that blog evolved I realised that pure food blogging wasn’t for me, mostly because I’m such a crap photographer!
During the three years that it existed, it gave me a lot of writing confidence though. I created Mummy Tries on a whim one evening after yet another horrendous bedtime. My first post was my life in 300 words, and was so well received that it spurred me on to keep writing. Which I did anonymously for almost 18 months before coming out a year ago.
What advice would you give other bloggers just starting out?
It’s been said so much already but I feel it’s absolutely imperative to be true to yourself. Integrity is everything to me, and starting out as a blogger ‘to get free stuff’ is just a bit crap really. My favourite bloggers write amazing content every post, and always have an interesting story to tell. There’s only so much style over substance and pretty photos I can stomach before I stop visiting blogs.
One thing I think is worth saying, is when doing reviews or writing sponsored content you should always ensure the brand is a good fit for your blog. Think about what you’re saying yes to, and ask yourself if you would be happy to endorse the product if you weren’t being incentivised. Also weigh up your worth and don’t let people take advantage of you for being a newbie. If they want to work with you, they should pay you fairly.
How has your blog changed since you started writing it?
I used to write much more about what the kids were doing – activities, days out, baking. Now I write mainly about our lives from an emotional perspective. I also write a fair amount of sponsored content, because after being made redundant last month, my blog has become my official part time job.
What would be your dream campaign?
I’d love to help young people suffering with mental health issues as a result from dysfunctional backgrounds turn their lives around. My own childhood had such a detrimental effect on the first decade of my adult life, and I lived in self-destruct mode drinking and partying my troubles away. I hit rock bottom after suffering two breakdowns in four years.
My book Become the Best You documents my journey, and everything I did to changed my life in all areas. From ending toxic relationships, to waking up to addiction, I believe there is something for everyone in my book. My dream campaign would be seeing my advice implemented where it’s most needed. The earlier we deal with our problems, the better chances we have of them not ruling (and ruining) our lives.
What do you think about your ratings?
I’d be fibbing if I said I don’t enjoy being in the top 100 of Tots100, but knowing that my readers enjoy my blog will always be more important to me.
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