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We have asked our blogger community to answer a few blogging questions about themselves, with the aim of getting to know them and their blogs a little better. These will be published as a series of blog posts, which we hope will make interesting reading. Carry on reading if you’d like to find out more about the bloggers who are active on Bloggers Required. You can view other blogger Q&As here, and you can complete your own here.

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Please tell us a bit about your blog?

Bubbablue and me is a blog about the trials and tribulations of having a child when you’re not a baby person. Living on a farm, but not being a stereotypical farmer’s wife, I share life, learnings and loves as our son grows.

Q1. How and why did you get into blogging?

I’d already done a craft blog after getting involved with crafting forums, but after having my son, it meant little time for crafting. I had enjoyed the writing, and discovered other parenting blogs that I enjoyed and decided it would be great to journal how life had changed and what we got up to, potentially for N to read when he was older.

Q2. Where do you get your writing inspiration from?

Mostly from my son obviously. Although places we visit, things we experience, and just day to day living provides a valuable source of ideas. Sometimes conversations on twitter or in real life will prompt an idea…I have to write down all the ideas I have while out and about otherwise I’d never remember them all.

Q3. If you could offer some words of encouragement to a newbie or frustrated blogger, what would they be?

Write for yourself and what you want to write. If you enjoy it, then other people will as well. And talk to other bloggers, ask questions. All of us started out once, and the blogging world is really helpful and supportive of new bloggers.

Q4. What has changed most about blogging culture/the blogging industry since you started?

I’ve not been blogging a massive amount of time, but in that time social media has moved on a long way. It’s not just about twitter and facebook, but all the other newer social media channels can be valuable.

Q5. What daily tools and platforms do you use in your blogging routine, for research, promotion, sharing and other?

I’m a member of Tots100 so find their articles and advice really helpful. I also belong to a couple of Facebook blogging groups. They’re great for asking questions, sharing posts and just generally learning how to grow as a blogger.

Q6. Do you understand your blog analytics, and how important do you think they are? Please share some best practice.

My background is research and data, so to me they’re invaluable – I’m a bit of a geek about them. But really, they’re not as important as everyone makes out. I’ve rarely found PRs asking for them, as it’s more important to have well written and regular content, than thousands of followers or subscribers. But it’s good to understand analytics so you can learn how to improve your SEO, content, post sharing and drive readership. Top tip is to ensure you find an analytics programme which will exclude your IP address from your stats.

Q7. Where do you hope blogging will take you in the future?

I’m not sure at the moment where my blog will go as once N’s at school I could be running out of things to talk about. But I’d love to still be blogging, enjoying it, and continuing to work with brands we love.

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