#MeetTheFamily…Life Motherhood And Everything

#MeetTheFamily…Life Motherhood And Everything

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:

Life Motherhood and Everything

I was introduced to Angela’s blog through our linky and I am so pleased she has become a regular member of the team. Her posts are always insightful, often emotive and always engaging. She has such a great style of writing that I can’t seem to resist. WordPress obviously agrees as that ‘Readability’ check is for the first time GREEN and GOOD – when I write it is red and needs improvement…hmm says it all really. Anyway I find myself relating to her posts and often think we are on the same wave length – Angela if you are ever in Midlands please do stop by for a coffee! So Angela over to you…

 

1. Tell us a little bit about yourself, who you are, your blog and what we can expect from your blog?

I’m Angela and I live with my husband (Sam) and our almost 2 year old daughter (Little H) in Hertfordshire. My blog is my little piece of the internet and a way for me to get all of my thoughts and opinions out of my head! It’s also a way for me to keep some of my rusty coding skills up-to-date although I’m not quite so good at that part.

I write about anything-and-everything that I can ‘get down on paper’ in a vaguely readable format. For the most part though I write about being a mum and our life as a family.

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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 work 3.5 days over 3 at my job in London. I’m a Solutions Architect which means I help design solutions (typically technology-based) for the retailer I work for. I’m a SAHM on Mondays and Fridays and enjoy getting out and about with Little H. I love having the split and really look forward to my days at home. They are great fun but a whole new level of tiring compared to a typical commute / office day.

Free-time which is just mine seems to be a rare occurrence now! When I do have some I blog (obviously), read (books, articles, lots of blog posts), exercise (less regularly than I would like and should!) and garden (I LOVE my plants and flowers).

3. How long have you been blogging and what is your favourite and least favourite thing about it?

I’ve had a blog for almost 10 years but I’ve only really started blogging in the last 18 months since having my daughter! Over that short time, my blog has evolved so much and is still continuing to grow. I’m not entirely sure where I want it to go yet so I’m just seeing where it takes me!

One of my favourite things about blogging is having an outlet for all of my thoughts. I also enjoy making development tweaks on my website as it originally started as a coding project! It’s also been wonderful slowly interacting with the wider blogging community, getting to know a new group of and reading what others have to say.

Keeping-up with post writing can be hard alongside parenting and working though; I feel a lot of self-imposed pressure to write but can never think of the words when I actually have 5 minutes with my laptop! I always want to make tweaks to the design and functionality of my site. But because I self-code my theme it’s always a little harder and I lack the brainpower most days.

4. If you could pass on a piece of advice to a newbie blogger what would it be?

Get involved and get your content out there. Linkys (such as #FamilyFun!) are an amazing way to do that; I have had a lot more readers since I’ve actively started joining Linkys. Other bloggers also start to recognise your name and blog too. But invest the time in ‘giving back’ by reading and commenting on other posts. Again it means other bloggers start to recognise you and include you in more. You also get to read loads of awesome posts! Some days I want to read everything but just don’t have the time.

(I managed to make a real pig’s ear of linking-up to Linkys for the first few months though and wasn’t joining when I thought I was! I don’t know how I got in such a mess, but I did.  So if you do decide to give Linkys a go then definitely read Becky from Cuddle Fairy’s guide from start to finish before doing anything else!

http://www.cuddlefairy.com/the-linky-guide-1/

5. If money were no issue, and you could tick one thing off your bucket list what would it be and why?

Gosh, that’s a tricky one. I think I would either go on a trip to see the Aurora Borealis. Or I would arrange an evening a super-duper observatory with a top astronomer so I could see the planets, stars and neighbouring galaxies with my own eyes. I absolutely love astronomy and always wish I’d been better at physics to pursue it further.

6. Can you share some love and tell us what blogs you are enjoying at the moment and that you would recommend?

This is tricky because I read so many great posts each week. But there are a few blogs that I stop by and visit at the moment without a Linky or Tweet prompting me:

helloarchie.blue – Kaye’s blog was one of the first parenting blogs I came across months ago. It drew me in because whatever she does, it always looks so cool and contemporary! She self-styles her blog like I do, but hers is so much better! Her posts are always a good read too.

thepramshed.co.uk – Claire co-runs another Linky fave of mine and it was actually one of the first Linkys I joined. I really like the name of her blog and it always sticks in my mind. Her daughter is only about 6 months younger than mine so I can really relate to her posts

tammymum.com  – I might sound like a suck-up since this post features on Sarah’s blog. But since joining #FamilyFun for the first time I now regularly stop by to read her posts. My daughter is a similar age to both her kiddies so their antics give me inspiration for my days with H.

whatmyfridgesays.com  – Every post is funny but with meaning. And there are quotes in awesome children’s fridge magnet letters!

Blog: http://www.lifemotherhoodandeverything.com
Twitter: http://www.twitter.com/angelajcook
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35 Comments

  1. November 16, 2016 / 8:19 am

    So excited to be featured on #MeetTheFamily! Thanks for having me xx #FamilyFun

  2. November 16, 2016 / 9:18 am

    my top tip for newbies would be the same, join in with lot’s of link parties. #FamilyFun

    • November 16, 2016 / 5:09 pm

      It definitely makes a massive difference!

  3. November 16, 2016 / 1:59 pm

    This is great. I’m a part-time working mum too and I agree it’s a nice split and also that I feel self-imposed pressure to write and it can be hard sometimes! #familyfun

    • November 16, 2016 / 5:04 pm

      I’m glad it’s not just me feeling that pressure. I get ahead for a few weeks and then spend months writing at the last minute. Haha!

  4. November 16, 2016 / 2:12 pm

    I’m very impressed that you built your own site. My coding knowledge is dreadful – my hubby is a web developer so I hardly do anything even on my own, very simple site! I also use my blog as an outlet for my thoughts. It’s lovely to find out more about you, Angela #FamilyFun

    • November 16, 2016 / 5:11 pm

      Thankyou! I suspect your husband could do a far better job of a website than I have mine. I’m very rusty these days but it’s nice to dabble! I used to be a developer by profession, that’s the only reason I can do it 😉

  5. November 16, 2016 / 3:00 pm

    Wow I wish I could build my own site! I have a graphic designer for.a husband but he is too busy at work to sort my blog out lol!! #familyfun xx

    • November 16, 2016 / 8:21 pm

      What a shame you can’t take advantage of your husband design skills. Although your blog already looks awesome!

  6. November 16, 2016 / 4:10 pm

    It’s lovely to hear about you! It’s always nice to find out more about my fellow linkers. Totally agree that you’ve got to give a bit more to get a bit back in blogging! 😀

    • November 16, 2016 / 8:23 pm

      It’s really easy to think you can just post and people will read. But there is too much good stuff out there, so why will someone read your post if they don’t know you and you never interact with them? It made a massive difference when I realised that!

  7. November 16, 2016 / 4:44 pm

    Oh what a great idea this is! I’ve now just discovered 3 new blogs win win win!

    • November 16, 2016 / 8:23 pm

      Glad you found it helpful :) Also thanks for the follow!

  8. November 16, 2016 / 8:43 pm

    Hello fellow Hertfordshire dweller! Lovely to hear about a new blog, thank you x #FamilyFun

    • November 23, 2016 / 9:18 pm

      Hello! Thank-you for reading my interview :)

  9. November 16, 2016 / 9:44 pm

    Nice to hear more about you Angela. This is a fab series. Your site is fab. I wish I knew more about coding and setting up websites. My brain just doesn’t seem to compute it for some reason. I want to go self hosted but I just don’t know where to start..
    #familyfun

    • November 23, 2016 / 9:23 pm

      From the various self hosting posts I’ve read, you don’t need to know how to code. It sounds like there are fab techie folk who will do it for you! I’ll be honest that when it comes to moving my site to a diff hosting company or even renewing my domain name…my husband does it. I’m a Maths geek my education so coding comes fairly naturally to me. But don’t ask me to paint a picture or anything…!

  10. November 16, 2016 / 9:53 pm

    Totally going to check out your blog now! Lovely to hear from you. I also think Claire at The Pramshed’s blog is great, and Linky’s rule!
    Kimberly x #FamilyFun

    • November 23, 2016 / 9:31 pm

      Thanks for swinging by my blog. Hope you found something interesting :)

  11. November 16, 2016 / 10:51 pm

    Oh wow 10 years:D I love your series it’s awesome way to know some new lovely bloggers
    #FamilyFun

    • November 23, 2016 / 9:36 pm

      Yeh, I’ve been waffling for ages!

  12. November 17, 2016 / 4:27 am

    What a great idea! I love learning more about fellow bloggers – thank you for introducing Angela!
    #FamilyFun

  13. November 17, 2016 / 12:31 pm

    The linky guide you mentioned looks good. I’ve favourited it for later

    • November 23, 2016 / 9:39 pm

      It really corrected my mistakes :)

  14. November 17, 2016 / 3:20 pm

    Thanks for introducing me to some blogs I was previously unfamiliar with. Truly I have become a better mama from reading what is put out there by the mommy blogging community and am so happy to be linked up with everyone!
    #familyfun

    • November 23, 2016 / 9:40 pm

      Yes, it’s wonderful reading the experiences of others!

  15. November 18, 2016 / 3:32 am

    Great to meet a blogger I didn’t know before! I was so clueless when I started blogging, didn’t help that I had never read one lol, but I had no idea link ups existed until Iw a about 6 months in, they are great #familyfun

    • November 23, 2016 / 9:41 pm

      6 months in is very good. It took me a lot longer (after starting to blog ‘properly’) to discover them. I’m not sure how I missed them!

  16. November 18, 2016 / 7:01 am

    Definitely the best newbie advice, linkys are the best blogging invention ever!
    #FamilyFun

    • November 23, 2016 / 9:42 pm

      I know, I would have never had any interaction without them!

  17. November 18, 2016 / 5:57 pm

    Great to read about a fellow blogger and how she self styles her blog and juggles working and sahming. #FamilyFun

    • November 23, 2016 / 9:45 pm

      Thanks for reading my interview. Juggling is a nice way of describing what I do – it’s more like randomly tossing balls around!

  18. November 19, 2016 / 9:27 am

    I really enjoyed reading this. I remember when i first started joining linkys and thought I was linking up but wasn’t lol we live and learn! #familyfun

    • November 23, 2016 / 9:43 pm

      Oh what a relief it wasn’t just me! I felt like a complete wally after spending weeks feeling like my posts weren’t any good because I never got a comment. Haha!