Hello there and welcome to the latest instalment of my series #MeetTheFamily. It is a spin off from our linky #FamilyFun. You may know that #FamilyFun is a linky where you can link up any blog post with the idea of it being a fun linky where you share your posts, comments and love with your blogging family. This post is all about getting to know our blogging family a bit better. So without further ado I will introduce you to this weeks member:
Maddy is the blogger behind the blog, an honest and brilliant writer. Maddy’s blog was one of the first blogs I started reading and following when I first started blogging and have been a fan ever since. Maddy has achieved so much and amazingly she’s only 22, she is an inspiration! Please do go check out her fabulous blog.
1.Tell us a little bit about yourself, who you are, your blog and what we can expect from your blog?
My name is Maddy, I’m 22 years old and I come from Wrexham in North Wales. I blog at The Speed Bump, which I started when I found out I was pregnant not long after turning 19. Since then the blog has followed me through pregnancy, giving birth, graduating from university and adjusting to life with our toddler, SB! You can expect a little bit of everything from my blog – honesty, opinions, humour, snippets of our life and advocacy for young parents.
2. When your not blogging, how do you fill your time – are you a working parent, SAHP, WAHP?
When your not working what do you like to do for fun? I’ve just left a full-time job in finance to stay at home with my daughter! Now that I’m at home I’m doing a lot of blogging, but I’m also now a working-at-home parent, freelance copy and content writing for companies! When I’m not working I love blogging (obviously), music (I play guitar and ukulele and sing, but I could just sit and listen to good music for hours too), photography and wedding planning – I’m tying the knot to SB’s dad in December this year!
3. How long have you been blogging and what is your favourite and least favourite thing about it?
I’ve been blogging for three years – it doesn’t feel that long! My least favourite thing about blogging is the moments of self-doubt where you feel like quitting, and the competitiveness that sometimes exists between bloggers and occasionally turns nasty. It isn’t a contest of who has the most followers and the most likes and the most opportunities. My favourite thing about blogging is hitting ‘Publish’ on a piece I’ve poured my heart and soul into, and being part of the amazing blogging community!
4. If you could pass on a piece of advice to a newbie blogger what would it be?
Can I be cheeky and offer two pieces of advice? The first would be not to worry about stats. They’re not the be-all and end-all, even if you want PR opportunities. It’s much more important to have regular, engaged followers who comment and read and trust your voice, than 10,000 viewers a month who glance at your blog and leave again. The second piece of advice is, when you feel like throwing in the towel, remind yourself of why you started blogging, and why blogging is so important to you. Take a few minutes to breathe and think, and you’ll feel better!
5. If money were no issue, and you could tick one thing off your bucket list what would it be and why?
I would love to go and meet manatees. They’re my all-time favourite animal – I’m not going to lie, they’re the only creatures that make me totally soppy. I’ve cried just watching videos of manatees before because they’re endangered but they’re so gorgeous. Just to go and see them in their natural habitat would be amazing, that’s a definite bucket list aspiration!
6. Can you share some love and tell us what blogs you are enjoying at the moment and that you would recommend?
Definitely! I love sharing a little bit of blog love; I try to do it as often as possible on social media. Right now I love Beauty, Baby and Me (Fi has such a great way with words and a lovely honest writing style); One Frazzled Mum (Tracey shares great reviews and her creative writing is gripping and exciting to read!); The Unsung Mum (her illustrations are legendary and she is so funny!) and Whinge Whinge Wine (such a great writing style – she’s so honest and witty). There are many, many more but these are my favourites at the moment and they’re such lovely people too!