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 am a huge fan of Nicole’s blog I can totally relate to her posts. I often find myself nodding along eagerly and in enjoyment. She joins us regularly at #familyfun and I am always happy to see her link up. Thank you Nicole for taking part in #MeetTheFamily, it is a privilege to have you. So if you haven’t already please do head over and check out Nicole’s blog.
- Tell us a little bit about yourself, who you are, your blog and what we can expect from your blog?
I’m Nicole from The Mum Reviews. I live in Surrey with my husband, two boys aged 2 and 4, and a black & white cat. My blog started as a place for me to write about things I’ve done with the kids. I wanted to offer advice about how to plan your holidays and days out, offering the wisdom learned from my (many) mistakes.
However, once I got started, I found I liked writing about parenting generally, both serious and lighthearted posts. I also post a weekly family-friendly recipe, written by a mate of mine who lives in the USA – she is a much better cook than me.
2. When you’re not blogging, how do you fill your time – are you a working parent, SAHP, WAHP? When you’re not working what do you like to do for fun?
I’m a working/WAHP, I guess. I work 4 days/week and spend half of that in my London office and the other half working from home. I’m an editor for a university press.
I think blogging is basically the main thing I do in my “spare” time. I also have a complicated relationship with jogging. And I will never say no to a chance to go to the pub.
3. How long have you been blogging and what is your favourite and least favourite thing about it?
I’ve just passed my 6-month blogging anniversary. I need to keep going now as that’s usually the milestone when people give up blogging, right? My favourite thing about blogging is how sociable it is. I used to really struggle with loneliness/boredom because I have very few friends in my local area and it’s often difficult to meet up with my London friends. Blogging makes me feel part of a group of likeminded people.
My least favourite thing about blogging is the way it expands to fit all available space in your life. There is always more I could be doing to improve and promote my blog. I have to be careful not to pay more attention to it than I do to my family!
4. If you could pass on a piece of advice to a newbie blogger what would it be?
Read lots of other blogs to see where you fit. Buy your own domain name from the start – you can still use a free wordpress site but then you can start building your domain authority (DA). Connect with other bloggers across social media and be generous about sharing and commenting on their posts. If there’s something you don’t understand, google it! I used a Pinterest board to keep track of all the blogging/social media wisdom I found.
5. If money were no issue, and you could tick one thing off your bucket list what would it be and why?
My midlife crisis goal is to trek to Macchu Picchu. I’m 37 and I’ve promised myself I’ll do it when I’m 40 if I don’t manage it sooner. I’ve always wanted to see Macchu Picchu, and I also want to try the physical and mental challenge of the trek. I’m pretty much a sissy about the great outdoors, so a week of sleeping in tents and pooping in holes will be character building for me.
6. Can you share some love and tell us what blogs you are enjoying at the moment and that you would recommend?
- For your health: Mission Mindfulness – the blog. It is realistic about how parents can incorporate mindfulness into their daily lives and use it to improve their wellbeing.
- To make you think: The Motherhub. She writes honest and interesting stuff about parenting and I particularly enjoy her perspectives on feminism.
- To make you laugh: I’m not the first one to mention this blog on #meethefamily, but for me, funny blogs just don’t get better than Not an Effing Fairytale. I read/comment on her blog so much it makes me look like a stalker.
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