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:
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.
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!
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!