About my blog:
GirlsGospel came about because I wanted to write more about my own life, but I felt it didn’t fit in with my parenting blog mothergeek.co.uk – I set up GirlsGospel earlier this year and have enjoyed rediscovering “Tina”, and not focussing 100% on mum life.
My main blogging category is:
How and why did you get into blogging:
I set up my first blog back in 2009, and it followed my weight loss journey. When I became pregnant in 2010, I stopped blogging, but I really missed having an outlet. When my son arrived in 2011, I set up https://www.mothergeek.co.uk – My parenting blog, and I haven’t looked back.
Where do you get your writing inspiration from?
Whatever is happening around me, other blogs I read and from joining in with linkys.
If you could offer some words of encouragement to a newbie or frustrated blogger, what would they be?
Don’t come into blogging expecting to get loads of “free stuff” and paid work. In most cases, you’ll have been blogging for over a year before you get paid work. You need to focus on building your “brand” and reading and commenting on other blogs to “get yourself out there”.
Check your grammar and spelling. Most companies want to work with bloggers who write clearly and in proper English. Grammarly is free and will do the work for you in most instances.
What has changed most about blogging culture/the blogging industry since you started?
Blimey. Everything! When I started blogging, it was a creative outlet. There was no money in blogging back in 2009. When I set up MotherGeek, the tide was turning and I guess I got into it at the right time. We got lots of good collaborations and the blogging community was really supportive. Social media wasn’t a major factor then, and Instagram wasn’t even a thing!
Now, it’s as much about social media as it is your blog, and it’s much more time consuming to keep your profile “up there”. There’s a lot more competitiveness now too. I stay well out of that though, and just blog for me and my family.
What daily tools and platforms do you use in your blogging routine, for research, promotion, sharing and other:
Again, this has changed a lot for me at different points in my blogging journey. In 2011-2012, I was stuck under a breastfeeding baby for 90% of the day, so I wrote all of my blog posts on my phone and emailed them to myself to upload later. I would never have been able to get content up if I’d had to write it at my laptop. It was literally a 15 minute job to copy the content into WordPress, add the photos and share on social media.
Now, I write everything on my MacBook, and schedule posts as much as I can. I schedule social media posts on buffer, and edit most of the mages on my iPhone (using the build in editor and pic collage) then email them over. If I am using stock images, I get them from unsplash or burst, usually.
I edit YouTube content on iMovie.
Tell us about your greatest blogging achievement to date?
My greatest achievement has been being able to support my family via my blog. Our son has Autism and severe learning difficulties, and needs 24/7 support. He’s not a fan of sleeping, and there’s no way I could not do a 9-5 job given the number of bad nights we have, and appointments to juggle. I work from home during the day when he’s at school, and in the evenings when it’s the school holidays.
If it weren’t for blogging, we’d have lost our home and would be relying on benefits now to pay our bills. Thanks to blogging, we are still in our home and are making ends meet – just about! My hubby is a freelance brand logo/website creator, so we juggle childcare and household jobs between us. Teamwork making the dream work! (He blogs too over at fork mojo.com).
In terms of opportunities, I think the holidays we’ve been able to enjoy has been incredible for us as a family. We were Center Parcs ambassadors, and have also experienced Forest Holidays and Ribby Hall breaks, thanks to my blog.
I have been involved in setting up several “Autism friendly” events locally, which was a huge achievement as accessible events were few and far between a few years back.
Where do you hope blogging will take you in the future?
I would love to be able to continue to work for myself, from home. I’d love for you youtube channel to continue to grow as well. I hope to get to attend more blogging events moving forwards and to collaborate with some more brands. We have a lot of home and garden work planned so I am hoping to create some great content documenting that as well.
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