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 have followed Alana’s blog from its birth, only 4 months ago, seeing her at regular linkies. I thoroughly enjoy her posts, especially her Words To Live By series. These posts always get me thinking, always make a me a little more positive and inspire me. You honestly wouldn’t believe Burnished Chaos is only 4 months on, it is so polished and professional you would think it has been going years. Alana you really are a natural and I am so grateful you link with us at #familyfun, I truly love your posts.
1. Tell us a little bit about yourself, who you are, your blog and what we can expect from your blog?
My name’s Alana and I’m a 36yr old mother of two. My son (M) is 7 and my daughter (L) is 2. My husband is in the Merchant Navy and works away at sea for 10-12 weeks at a time so family life can get a bit chaotic at times, my blog is where I try to bring some kind of shine to that chaos. I write about family life, days out (with and without kids) and I run a series on a Monday titled Words To Live By (you can find out more about that here). My blog is predominantly positive, not because I have the perfect life where everything is roses (believe me there is no such thing), but because I have a natural tendency to spiral into negativity very easily, this is my place to highlight all the great things about our life so that in years to come we can look back on all the good times and not have them tainted by the bad (although I’m not ruling out the odd rant post here and there if I feel the need!).
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’m a SAHP and have been ever since my son was born. I had just started sending out cv’s and getting ready to return to work when he started school when I discovered I was pregnant with my daughter. I have another two years until she starts school then I’ll return to work.
I love spending the weekends getting out and about with the kids, even if its just all going on a walk with the dogs. When the kids are asleep I blog and if I have any other free time (very rare) I love to write fiction, read and crochet, except when the hubby is home and then I’m much more likely to be curled up in front of the tv with him drinking wine!
3. How long have you been blogging and what is your favourite and least favourite thing about it?
I have only been blogging for 4 months so I’m a bit of a newbie. My favourite thing would have to be the sense of community. I expected to enjoy the writing of the posts and reading nice comments but I had no idea about the strong community aspect until I started and it has been the most pleasant surprise.
My least favourite would have to be just how much time it takes. Before I started I thought it would be a few hours a week, and to be fair, if I was just writing my posts and not worrying about promoting them or joining in with linkies etc then I could probably get away with that. But I have become a little obsessed with linkies and hate missing one, I love reading so many posts and engaging with everyone but it has kind of taken over my life and I must spend upwards of 5 hours every day blogging. Considering I can only blog when the kids are in bed that leads to some pretty late nights and early mornings and I feel like I’m neglecting my husband so I have decided to take some time off this week and next before he returns to sea.
4. If you could pass on a piece of advice to a newbie blogger what would it be?
Go slow. I raced into this like a bull in a china shop and felt the need to do and learn everything super fast. I joined far too many linkies and now I find it so hard pulling back. I wish I had spent more time just writing and getting a feel for things first and then joined linkies gradually. That said, they are great way to meet lots of amazing bloggers and build that sense of community, you just need to be careful not to overstretch yourself.
5. If money were no issue, and you could tick one thing off your bucket list what would it be and why?
This is a really hard one as I have far too many. If money were no issue I’d love to build our own house on a patch of land overlooking a valley but I’m not sure that’s a bucket list item. One thing that is definitely on my bucket list though is the trek to Machu Picchu. I have been fascinated with that place for as long as I can remember. We were talking about doing it years ago but then I became pregnant with my son and had to put the plan on hold.
6. Can you share some love and tell us what blogs you are enjoying at the moment and that you would recommend?
This is the hardest question of all as there are so many but these are my three top go to blogs. For great blogging advice and how to’s I would recommend youbabymemummy.com
, for beautifully written posts that never fail to inspire I’d recommend reflectionsfromme.com
, and for posts that always make me laugh and wonder how the hell she does it I’d recommend fourprincessesandthecheese.com
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