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.
Please tell us a bit about your blog?
Three moms write together to produce a blog about parenting and related issues. We provide reviews of products related to parenting and being a Mom (such as foods, skin care products, makeup, and toys). We focus on the lived experience of being a parent and thus many of our posts are funny (or at least intended to be funny!). We also focus as much as possible on environmentally friendly parenting and living.
Q1. How and why did you get into blogging?
When Liz became a Mom in 2010 she felt very isolated and wanted an outlet to express her experiences. She wrote on and off for 3 years before adding Lisa and Robyn to the blog in August 2013. Now we post daily (or almost daily). It gives all of us an outlet to write out our experiences, but also allows us to bond together over our experiences and writing.
Q2. Where do you get your writing inspiration from?
The news, each other, our daily experiences, the funny stuff our kids and/or spouses do, all of these are fodder for our posts.
Q3. If you could offer some words of encouragement to a newbie or frustrated blogger, what would they be?
Keep at it! Once you find your niche, you should have an easier time (if you’re having a hard time coming up with content). Writing, like anything, takes practice. Sit down and write 30 minutes a day and it will be come easier. Some bloggers are good at posting every day, while others post only once a week and that makes them happy. Write for you.
Q4. What has changed most about blogging culture/the blogging industry since you started?
When I (Liz) started writing there were really no “rock star bloggers” within the parenting realm, and now there are bloggers with 25k Facebook fans who flock to their author’s page in the thousands every day. There are also way more bloggers, so it feels more competitive. Instead of competing, some bloggers have banded together to work together and share their work, which I (Liz) appreciate.
Q5. What daily tools and platforms do you use in your blogging routine, for research, promotion, sharing and other?
Blogger, HootSuite, Facebook, Twitter, Instagram
Q6. Do you understand your blog analytics, and how important do you think they are? Please share some best practice.
I do, but I don’t focus on them too much. I try to look at them in terms of when to post and sometimes what to focus on for a post when there are multiple options. I use analytics to know when to post Tweets and FB updates, and to see which posts are the most popular.
Q7. Where do you hope blogging will take you in the future?
I think everyone would love to make money and be recognized, but for us for right now we’re happy making sure we work on our writing, we’re producing good content, and that we’re building a following.
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